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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23228) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle – 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2012
50cl, no mention of ABV, American brew, from Ølbutikken Copenhagen, complex brew, floral/malty and slightly bitter/sweet, balanced, clear, good head, good brew, yet expensive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4962) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle - thanks to blklab2007. Pours clear golden with a large fluffy white head that slowly dissipates leaving clumpy lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus, resin, a note of lemon Pledge. Flavor is about the same, little sweetness and strong bitterness lingering through the finish. Medium bodied, some mouth creaminess. Not bad at all, but another IIPA that is (gasp!) a bit too bitter for my taste. Bitterness recedes after the first few sips deaden the tastebuds and it becomes more drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2013
On tap at brewery. Pours golden with almost no head. Very hoppy, slight cat piss aroma. Full body and big punchy flavor. Finishes quietly with a little bitterness. Overall, not one of my favorite big IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Draft at Draught 55. Pours clearish blond with a thin white head. Aromas of citrus, pine and hops. Taste is very hoppy and citrusy with notes of grapefruit and orange and a bit of pine balanced with some malts. The alcohol definitely comes through in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2592) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Nose improves as it warms. Started out grainy, boozy, with pine and a touch of citrus. A bit more of a pine / citrus split as it warms. Clear and gold. Hop dominated taste but nice full bodied mouthfeel is the prize here, a bit silky, a bit chewy. Alcohol hidden in taste. Not bad, I was expecting more, but not bad.

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