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RATINGS: 697   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Strange for an imperial. I can't quite pin down the flavor but a bucket full of pine cones come to mind. Clear, yellow-tinted color; dense light head that stays. Tasty, but a bit strange. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strife21 (259) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2015
pours hazy golden orange with white head. Smell is pine, hops, citrus a tiny bit of malt. Taste is bitter hops, pine, resin, and a slightly malt finish. Medium body medium carb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3954) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle care of Matt. pours a murky golden color with medium to large white head. Retains well. Nose is beautiful with slightly overripe pineapple and pine dankness. Flavor is oranges, caramel malt, light booze, and slight pineapple like the smell. Medium to fuller mouth. Good amount of bitterness. This is pretty decent when fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
klk343 (139) - - JUN 25, 2015
Clear copper. Not so good smell but nicely flavored. Really smooth. Slippery texture. Lemon, orange. Light.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichieBoy (48) - Getzville, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2015
A very good New York brew. Hoppy aroma and flavor. Very good beer. You'll like this one if you like hoppy beers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jrwhitney6 (370) - - MAY 30, 2015
Pours a very cloudy yellow gold - more like a witbier or saison than an IPA. Nose is definitely IPA all the way - citrus, floral. Taste has some citrus and bitterness, but the alcohol is really present and a bit overbearing. A little disappointed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
c1raider (73) - New York, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Nice IPA but overly malty / frothy for my preference malt, then floral, then hops. Not for me but not bad

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (4069) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Orange cloudy pour from 12oz bottle at la cerevecia in NY. Tropical grapefruit and mango aroma. Taste is the same. Vanilla and grassy taste also. Very tasty

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroadestTom (156) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Aroma floral, citrus, Appearance golden, clear, frothy, white foam, Taste lightly bitter, medium bitterness, light sweetness, citrus Palate medium body, lively, Overall a very good ipa that hides the 9% very well. I would suggest this beer to a friend

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (816) - - APR 26, 2015
clear, light amber color; citrusy, fruity aroma; lots of tropical fruit and citrusy hops on a fairly light malt base

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4239) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours mostly clear straw yellow with creamy white head. Aroma is cereal and biscuit malts, light citrus, faint floral notes, and light grassiness. Flavor is dry malt base with crisp floral and citrus hops atop, along with faint pineapple, and extremely faint spice. Medium body.


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