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

bottled
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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 (14770) - 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 (12633) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11976) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Sample at Atlantic Beer Festival Moncton. Clear golden amber color. Aroma of fruity citrus. Taste is very bitter fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11131) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Tap at the 2014 OBF. Pours clear copper with an off-white head. Aroma of lots of malt and hops. Full bodied. Flavor is lots of malt and lots of hops. Guessing floral and fruit hop. Very strong flavors. Finishes malty and bitter. Balanced? Tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8678) - 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 (7894) - 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 (7443) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6798) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6562) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 650mL bottle as Central City Imperial IPA, at 9.5% ABV, pours a hazy golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of loads of grapefruit, tropical fruits (mangos especially), boatloads of citrus hops and generous caramel malt to back. Flavour is remarkably well-balanced, with no shortage of palate-barraging citrus hops, mangos, pineapples, and a big caramel malt backbone. Well-balanced and still very hoppy, despite high residual sweetness. This beer has progressed impressively over the years. From memory, the tap version of this used to be quite astringent and unbalanced. Recent tap versions of this are pretty much identical to this bottle I’m rating now. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6491) - 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.


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