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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2007
on tap & growler-pours a big creamy/bubbly tan head and copper color. Aroma is wow! Nice west coast hops-citrus/pine, some sweet. [Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade]. Taste follows with nice medium malt back bone. Sessionable. OK carbonation. No plastic or slick mouth feel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11054) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Cask at GBBF. Golden with a small white head. Intense hoppy aroma with pine, grapefruit and peach. Big and sweet malty flavour with fruity hops and medium bitterness. 7-3-7-3-13

Bottle at RBESG 2010. Aroma is fruity, peach, pine and tobacco. Sweet flavour with pine hops and resinous bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10907) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle from Cletus. Thanks man! Pours orange/yellow with a four finger clingy white head. Aromas of citrus/pine/floral. Fresh. Near full bodied with mildly creamy carbonation. Flavor is all those wonderful hops. Is there caramel? Who can tell. Itís a very hoppy, but not harsh, ale. Síwonderful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Name: Captainís Reserve
Date: 01/10/2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting

muddy orange, fine white head, touch of lace, sweet pine aroma with a nice fruity mango essence, sweet pine and caramel flavor, nice fruity sweetness, light balancing bitterness,
-------- /> Name: Captainís Reserve
Date: 11/17/2007
Mode: hand bottle
Score: 3.5 to 3.7
Words: throwdown 3

same wonderful sweet pine and fruity character, picking up a touch of alcohol, bigger bitterness in the finish but offers a bit more balance without distraction,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (10875) - DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle from Voldby. Golden with large off-white head. Flavour is malt, grass, citrus and hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (10842) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10766) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2010
clear yellow, huge thick slightly yellow whiteish head. very citrussy aroma, faint sweetness, oranges.. flavor is dry hoppy, grapefruit, sugar, pine, malty sweetness, yeasty bretty bitter note..huh?. A very bitter hoppy beer, unfortuneately the bitterness seems to be a bit too floral and strange, and the sweetness is not as caramelly and malty as i would like it, is more sweet like if sugar was added. Strong hoppy brew for sure, but iíve had much better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10741) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
A: The pour is very pretty. A clear amber color with a massive white head and tons of sheeted lacing on the glass. S: A really sharp pineapple, grapefruit, and slightly piney aroma. There is a touch of alcohol too, but it melds in with the pineapple sweetness. T: A very strong bitterness to the flavor, but not really all that much else. Certainly piney, but the same fruitiness is not present here. M: The body is medium with a medium carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth, especially as the beer warms up a little bit. D: Not a bad IPA from the east coast. I would prefer a bit more contrast in terms of the hop flavors, but this one is pretty easy to drink, especially at 9%.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10698) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (10574) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle shared with tarheels 86. Pours bright gold, small white head. Aroma of stale hops. Taste is bitter throughout, citrus edge and plenty of hops. Decent enough.


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