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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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Growler form gregc on BA. Dark orange with a nice head. Aroma is pine, malt and ripe fruit ( pear, melon?). Taste is similar with pine, caramel malt and definite honeydew and pear. Nice bitter finish. Medium carbonation almost syrupy. Pretty good dipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2008
On tap at Delaneys Tap room. Pours the standard orange with a thin white head. The nose is fresh with hops, duh, a little bit resiny, but mostly citrus, but not quite grapefruit bite. Rather floral even too. The malt bill is a bit darker and richer, though not close to toasty. The mouthfeel is about par for a beer on tap. The hops follow the nose more or less, perhaps the malt is a little drier than I expected. Again, floral. Refreshing, a hint of more of that darker malt character. No alcohol bite, downright quaffable. A lingering bit of dusty sort of slgith toast accompanies the general hop bite. Not a bad beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24607) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2009
Cask@GBBF2009. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruity hops, grass, mild nectary notes as well as some vanilla and tropical fruits. Flavour is the same along with some hints of alcohol as well. Some bready/biscuity malts as well. Quite balanced IIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1232) - Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2009
500ml bottle courtesy of riversideak. Nose is light sweet and fruity resiny hops. Quite different from west coast iipas that I am used to, but smells really nice. Sweet pineapple and mango up front and then into some bitteing. Body is light and could use a bit more punch in the hop department, but really drinkable. Decent but not remarkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle Ė Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! Golden amber, creamy off white head. Soft tropical fruit aromas warm to swirls of honeyed pine and citrus. Juicy guava-mango hop flavors and touches of candied pine and citrus ride a sweet toffee earth backbone from beginning to end. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, light bittersweet finish. Well put together, but guess I was hoping for something more...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5628) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Clear gold. Big, full hop aroma. Flavor is like sweet hops juice, citrus, a little pine, and flowers. The big aroma and flavor donít match up with the thin palate, but this is really good anyway.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
On tap at rattle n hum. Floral and dusty. Sweet sugary, starfruit, and bitter hopped ale. Both chalky and oily. A unique brew that deserves respect but a bit overrated.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle. Golden orange with large foamy white head. Aroma is floral with whiskey, grass and citrus. Flavors of caramel, spice, grass, and pine. Full mouthfeel. Biggish body. English style on steroids.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3184) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle from hbmason -- thanks Tim! Amber pour with a huge foamy white head. Itís real sweet, with honey, brown sugar, and bready malt. Not really a hop bomb, but balanced and sweet. Taste is malty, with caramel notes right off the bat, lots of grapefruit, and a bit of heat on the end that flows into piney, grassy hops. Itís smooth and slick, a bit resiny, and has some tingly carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Cute little 16.9 ounce bottle courtesy of j12601 and LilBeerDoctor. This particular one from j. Pours a pale amber color, clear, with a large creamy, frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste is leafy, bitter hops with some toffee and nutty notes. Medium bodied, smooth. Straightforward and very drinkable.


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