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Brewed by Central City Brewing
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Dry hopped with whole leaf hops from the Yakima Valley, combined with Maris Otter English barley, which is floor-malted in age old tradition. A long maturation ensures plenty of flavour, with strong aromatics of grapefruit, tangerine and mango.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
Draught at the brewpub, 9.5% ABV, as Imperial IPA
Red amber color; small creamy head. Very nice hoppy, fruity aroma; light bergamot and cedar. Good body strength; strong toffee and caramel flavor, mostly dry (luckily, there is not much residual sweetness); strong hopping, but well blended in this brew; resins, pine needles, a bit of fruitiness, and a rustic, sweaty touch too.
Excellent hop brew. Balance and power.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Draught at the brewery: Bright amber. Woody, flowery, powdery hop nose. Sweet, soft sugars temper resiny hops, with hints of pine, melon, grapefruit, mandarin. Smooth but insistent bitterness washes over the palate. Very fresh hop character and an incredible sense of balance.

Cask at GCBF: Vibrant, hazy amber. Assertive chinooky, amarilloish aroma. Sweet and fruity character, with amarillo and pommelo and some sugary notes to balance it off. Nice brew with a good sense of balance. Ar 7 Ap 4 Fl 8 P 4 O 16 = 3.9

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 Pours orange body with sticky white head, and its Lacy. Smells great. This is a bit similar to the regular Red Racer with a lot more hops, fresh and very high and good bitterness from C-hops. A West Coast IPA but without a melange of hops just for bitterness. Malted down, but its spot on the style because of in-face bitterness.Above-average mouthfeel. Growler from Brad. Bottle for autism very good but nowhere as good as that growler, and more boozy (not the rating).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
2013-10-19. Lightly hazy dark amber body with a modest frothy beige head. 3+ Aroma is pleasant muddled hops, sweet citrus and leafy green hops. Flavour had a relatively sweet base but fairly hoppy fruity overtones, citrus, sweet orange and lemon. Whispers of tea like hops. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Pretty nice, just a touch sweeter than my preference. Session 1, Cask Days 2013, Toronto

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (6351) - Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bomber, 2ish months old unfortunately but form the fridge. Pours a reddish amber wiht a ncie soapy head. Smells exactly like sculpin. Flavor is a bit different. Real juicy, not super sweet, not hugely bitter. Woudl have loved to try this fresher but at this point still an immense and great west coaster.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 13, 2013
Where and how: Bottle 650 ml @ Virginia Beach
Aroma sweet heavy malts , hoppy but not too bold. Aromas approach was more of American barley Wine. Some alcohol buzz in the end. Nice.
Appearance:
Top: lighter top with sparse lace.3-
Base: clear, deep amber.
Palate : full bodied. straight, average carbonation.
Taste: Sweet but not overly, caramel, some nutty hints. Citrus, crystal malts with hops on top. Harsher finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6156) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
GCBF 2010, on cask. Burnt orange, hazy. Huge juniper aroma. Enormously hoppy, stemmy, leafy, conifer aromas with earthy/woody elements. Crazy good stuff!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle:   Copper hued amber, thin to moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Super strong pine and pith on the nose.   Similar on the tongue, a bit out of balance.   Seems to be strong pine and pith, very mild sweetness.   A bit rough and green, certainly a bruiser of a beer.   Almost syrupy.   Pith and pine hoppiness, not too floral or citrusy, nor sweet in that sense.   Sweet pine maybe?   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Rough finish.   Meh...


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2012
In short: A heavy caramelized citrusy IPA of high intensity, eh. Very good, eh
How: Bottle 22oz, eh. Consumed relatively fresh, approximately 2 months after the bottle version was released, first and only bottling at the moment, eh
The look: Clear amber-copper body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention, eh
In long: Nose is heavy on the citrusy fruits front with also a strong hops resin character, eh. Taste has a solid caramelized malts body, very sweet but not bothersome because it is rich creamy caramelized sweetness and doesn’t feel ‘sugary’, eh. This fine malt extraction almost steals the spotlight from the citrusy hops, eh. The hopping is intensely citrusy and also rather resinous, eh. Bitterness sensation is pretty high and it is also a bitterness with a sticky sensation, eh. This is a well balanced tasty IPA, very heavy on the malt front, almost feels like a toned down SN Bigfoot, eh. I usually prefer my Double IPAs a bit more ‘refreshing’ (à-la Hill Farmstead) but as far as heavy sipper-style IPAs are concerned, this is a very good offering, eh. And in order to honor this fine Canadian beer I decided to write this rating in our native Canadian language, he. I hope you can understand it, eh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Nose is balanced yet hoppy. Pine, citrus, and floral hops on top of toffee and caramel malts. Some spicy hop notes and a touch of alcohol as well. Pours amber with a decent creamy head, lightly hazy as well. Flavors of pine and floral hops, citrus underneath, spicy peppery hops in there as well as flavors of caramel and toffee without much lingering sweetness. Dry spicy finish. Drinks well.


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