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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thejk (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2010
On tap at the Alibi Room. Poured a nice orange colour. The aroma was very hoppy and had a distinct smell of apples or herbs. The taste was extremely well balanced. This is easily one of my favourite beers and hope it becomes a little bit more widely available

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 (11866) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
Growler from brewery. Pours bright amber orange with a thick soapy head leaving a good amount of lace on the glass. Huge orange, grapefruit hop aromas. An Amarillo bomb. The freshness of the hops in this beer are outstanding again orange, grapefruit, big bitter component. Quite a malt presence in this as well but itís sweetness goes well with the citric hops and also gives the beer quite a full mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, I must have killed half the growler in one sitting. A great rendition of the I2PA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
UPDATED: APR 17, 2013 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. Exceedingly well-balanced and still very hoppy - absolutely delightful. 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 Iím rating now. I hope this becomes a more regular brew as itís phenomenal.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6172) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1002) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
Soft aroma of caramel, pine, alcohol, and birthday cake. Really nice. Very attractive orange amber with a lacy burned butter head. Big mouthfeel. Very round with chewy malts. The sweetness is sticky but not distracting due to all those IBUs. Lots of butter. Very smooth. Blind tasting shows a lot of English malts and roundness. This was a wonderful surprise. Not a hop bomb. Great bottle of beer. Totally worth the cost.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RumRunner101 (678) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Amber pour. This is a big, NW style DIPA with a great big malt backing. Alcohol is well hidden with the hops on the fore front. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeZasada (282) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Bomber bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a thin but frothy white head. Hoppy aroma, notes of citrus. Taste is quite hoppy, notes of citrus, but warms to a toffee like maltiness. Warming mouthfeel. The citrus intensifies as it warms. Finish: grassy with a slight mild malt sweetness. This is a most excellent beer, one of the best examples of an IIPA, absolutely beautiful.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1177) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Crystal malt comes through for a beautiful IIPA. If I were to choose a fruit to describe it... which I will... pomegranate seems the best fit. Medium carbonation. Quite good... in fact, the winner of the Hopoxia mini-festival for me.


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