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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhilJackson80 (253) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 20, 2013
16 oz Bottle. The beer pours golden with a medium white head. The aroma is very strong with floral & citrus notes to it. The taste has a mild body to it with a medium bitter finish. Overall a very good DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Pours golden with beautiful clarity. Aroma is tons of hops, mostly pine and some orange. Flavor is biting bitterness throughout, with a slight bit of balancing sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2009
This beer is growing on me. This is the second bottle that Iíve sampled and it really seems to be a laid back, charming, unapologetic one trick pony. Smells really bitter and floral and thatís exactly what comes through in the taste as well. Whatcha got here is a sweet and earthy flower petal sandwich with a load of hop resin slaw. At the finish I get something bitter, spicy and earthy like horseradish root or something, no joke. Mouthfeel is thin in body but coating. Reminds me much more of an IPA than a double but a nice brew. Thanks Captain Lawrence. 2009 16 oz.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juancho (239) - Clearwater Beach, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2008
On tap @ Gingerman Very nice, rich amber/copper color. Very strong aromas of resiny hops, well balanced throughout with not a hint of the 8% alcohol.... very drinkable, it sneaks up on you afte a couple imperial pints....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger NYC- One of the best aromas on an i2pa Iíve experienced aside from the dreadnaught. A wonderfuly balanced and huge imperial that would rate higher with a touch more malt. I am very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours a surprisingly transparent golden yellow--almost the color of a deep lager--with a big, frothy, white head. Nose is strong, piney hops, lemon, and a bit floral, almost berry-like. Flavor is incredibly crisp and fresh, of, again, pine and citrus, and just a bit of sweetness. Finishes only slightly dry. Really nice 2XIPA, especially for those who find some mega-IPAs to be a bit much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2010
500mL bottle. Pours a hazy amber with some white head. Aroma is very sweet, with citrus hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste is also very sweet, with some orange peel, artificial sweetener, and caramel malt. Finish is also very bitter with some artificial sweetener and alcohol. Definitely an old bottle, I need to re-rate a newer one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Very flavorful IPA. Apricots, hoppy and excellent. Look forward to drinking this all summer long. Must be new, very few ratings so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rds (230) - USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 Clear golden body and dense near white head, citrus notes, great, strong hoppy flavor that challenges the tongue to move with the changing notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours pale amber with a fluffy white head which sticks around. Aroma is pine trees and hops. Flavor is pine trees and hops, with a slight touch of sweet malt and a very slight grapefruit in the finish. Tingly and palate numbing. Very good overall.

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