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RATINGS: 686   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 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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11874) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
50cl bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Medium off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, cat urine, Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some cat urine, caramel, Medium body, some resin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11599) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11528) - 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. It’s a very hoppy, but not harsh, ale. S’wonderful.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (11489) - 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?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11390) - DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle from Voldby. Golden with large off-white head. Flavour is malt, grass, citrus and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11278) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 30, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours clear coppery golden with a big, creamy, white head. Long duration, fine lacings. Lovely grapefruit aroma, some peach, apricot, oranges, pine as well. A mild resiny note and some light malty sweetness. Low carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel, good dryness. Flavour is lovely hoppy, fairly bitter, resiny, more grapefruit, apricot. Really well-balanced and easy drinking. Some banana notes, light piney, fairly crisp malts. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11229) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2011
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, grain, malt. Flavour is hop, peaches, pine, fruit, citrus, malt, grain.Nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcwattsrugger (11227) - 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.


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