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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 aren’t 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 Captain’s Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21036) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 Cask at GBBF 2009 ....Amber ... big dry hop nose ... sweet toffee hop ... little chewie ... quite a lot of orange ... lots of pine....

BOttle at home ... pale golden ... sweet pine hop nose ... juicy fruits ... big pine ... quite bitter ... malt im not fond of ... alright leaving at 3.1

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 2010-04-04, bottle, 8-4-9-5-18=44
Colden bright color; nice perlage, very small bubbles; medium sized head. The aroma is intense, with strong toffee; the hops are very piney, but also with a touch of vanilla and cookies. Excellent toffee flavor, with some residual sugars, but the body is quite lean; there is some cake flavor too; very strong bitterness, fresh hopping, creamy and biscuity, with soft fruits and soft resins. Powerful but harmonious.


2006-12-31, draught at Hop Devil, NYC, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Cloudy amber color; creamy head. Very nice hoppy aroma, with resins and fruits (delicate grapefruit). Good malty body, with an excellent aromatic and powerful hopping, with a lot of hop oils. Smooth and elegant. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear, dark yellow with a medium, white head. Big hop aroma with grapefruit, orange peel and grass. Lightly sweet with some caramel and honey, then very bitter with lots of citrus and pine. Medium to full in body with average carbonation. Finishes with moderate sweetness but mostly piney, citrusy and resiny hops. Very good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (17910) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle. Golden beer, offwhite head. Malty nutty aroma, vinous and with some hops. Milky flavor, grassy, metal notes. Decent beer, but where did the hops go?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (17417) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2012
Hazy orange with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rather hoppy - peach and pine. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 090712

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17143) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2009
At GBBF 2009. Pure gold colour. Lovely aroma. Hot cos of the alcohol. Really quite strong because of the ABV but lovely at the same time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (16785) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 30, 2011
Vollmundiger Hopfenantrunk mit deutlichen Orangen- und leichten Kokosnoten, daneben reife Malzaromen. Der Hopfen steht aber eindeutlich im Vordegrund und lässt außer der konstanten Herbe kein anderes Aroma deutlich herovr. Die Herbe reguliert die Süße, so dass ein abgerundetes Bier entsteht. Blumige und besonders grasige Aromen, die weit in die Nase steigen, zeigen die Intensität amerikanischer Hopfensorten, die ebenfalls intensive Bitterkeit fällt im Vergleich zum Hopfen gering aus. Der Hopfen wirkt, kurz bevor er trocken wird, pafümiert. Danach sorgt die Trockenheit dafür, dass das Bier deutlich milder wird, der Hopfen bleibt aber als volllmundiges Aroma vorhanden. Gutes IIPA mit Hopfen in genau richtiger Stärke. 11/13/12/12/10/12

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16724) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, malt, caramel and notes of citrus.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16478) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle. When opening, it slowly worked it’s way out of the bottle, spreading a fine scent of pine cones and citrus peel. It’s quite fizzy in the glass, but not producing much head, just a thin layer of off-white, dense bubbles. Some lacings. The aroma has the already mentioned hoppyness, as well as some alcohol and a malty backbone. It’s full-bodied and quite carbonated, slightly warming. Really smooth. Lots of bitterness and citrus and pine cones, a solid maltyness to match it as well. In the aftertaste the piney, citrusy hops and bitterness dominates, but there’s also room for some malty sweetness and alcohol burn. A well crafted beer that even though it’s definitely on the hoppy side would benefit from a higher attenuation. 110116

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16079) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2008
Draught@The Ginger Man, NYC as "Imperial IPA"
Dark amber color, small off-white head. Fruity, very strongly flowery hoppy nose. Fruity aromatic hoppy with balancing malts. Wow - this is an IIPA with all the hops and same time extremely drinkable. Finish is flowery and grassy. Good stuff.


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