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This beer is a salute to the ingenuity and creativity of the American craft brewers. A uniquely American style of beer, the Double or Imperial IPA, has become the calling card of many craft brewers who arenít afraid to push the limits of what hops can add to a beer. This beer is big and hoppy - not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to experience sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA. Sensory Profile: Hops, and lots of them. The aroma is bursting with the classic citrus and pine aroma of American-grown hops. The flavor is dominated by a hoppy bitterness, with just enough malt to make you want to take another sip. Food Pairing: This beer needs an assertive food to stand up to it. Match Captainís Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9579) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes, Martinus and Judyvv. Hazy yellow to orange color, full sized fair lacing white head. Smell lightly malts, hops, mandarin, lightly grapefruit. Taste lightly malts, hops, lightly grapefruit, mandarin and bitter. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4515) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle @ joes thx to benzai. Slightly hazy yellow to orange, big white head. Smells fresh, very fruity, hoppy, lovely. Tastes bitter, dry, hoppy, slightly fruity. Soft carbo, medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Pours a murky, deep, yellow/ orange with a rambunctious head of soft foam that fell leisurely to some sticky, splotchy lace. The 1/2 inch of foam never left this beer. So pretty in the glass but not really orange. If you can appreciate that, it looks like lemon amber. Nose is scrumptious. Grapefruit, peaches, pineapple very tropical and juicy. A delicious malt character that is deep and full. Biscuit, bread and cracker. I would swear itís pilsner malt I am smelling. Plenty of hop resin on the nose and some pine but not so much pine that itís all you can smell. Taste is biscuit and cracker, strong, deep and full. A bitterness that does not exceed your ability to taste it or to want to have more if it. Perfectly balanced. Smooth, rich without heaviness. The hops are full but not out of proportion. Good bitter in the dry finish, with resonant malt and juicy fruity hops with a pine aftertaste rather than a pine sol taste up front.

In my opinion, this beer came right up to Alchemy Hour and said "look at me." Itís not the same as alchemy hour in that it has more cracker and biscuit malt, without as much caramel sweetness, and thatís why I like it so much.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Golden fizzy pour. Nice tall white nose with great lacing. Hoppy yet fairly light and crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smarika (3) - - MAY 6, 2013 does not count
Nice flavor and color without the heaviness. Can easily drink the pint without feeling full/overwhelmed. Highly recommended. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
draper84 (4) - Painted POst, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013 does not count
Surprisingly yellow poor. Thin head that lasts and laces well. Also it builds as the glass is emptied. Aroma of creme fraiche apricots and pine needles with just a hint of mustiness. Mouth feel transforms from somewhat acidic to smooth and creamy. Overall I love this one it was a nice find

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (976) - New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle. Light golden pour with a creamy white and thick head. Pineapple, pine, citrus. Bitter sweet, citrus peel, chocolate, spice. Very good and complex ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottled. Pours an almost lagery looking gold with a nice, foamy white head. Nose is lots of pineapple with what seemed like a hint of brett. Probably just the pineapple hop aroma talking as I detected no funkiness in the flavor or subsequent nosing. Flavor is sweet malt with a pineapple mango hop finish. Just a hint of alcohol comes through in the aftertaste. Medium full mouthfeel. A very tasty DIPA. I find the pineapple character in this one to be very refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2013
On tap at brewery. Pours golden with almost no head. Very hoppy, slight cat piss aroma. Full body and big punchy flavor. Finishes quietly with a little bitterness. Overall, not one of my favorite big IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2635) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
Bottle. Almost clear golden liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of lemon peel, candy, tangerine, caramel, pineapple, mango and citrus. Taste is dry and medium to high bitter with notes of pineapple, mango, tangerine and light grain. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice, not too malty.

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