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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
When we opened our doors 17 years ago, imposing India Pale Ales didnít even have a style name, but thanks to the bravaddo and ingenuity of American craft brewers, ourselves included, the "Imperial IPA" has grown into one of the most coveted and delicious styles of beer around and one we feel is perfectly suited to serve as this yearís anniversary beer. A quintet of hops--Citra, Green Bullet, Pacific Gem, Pacific Jade, and Wakatu--lend a spicy tropical spike balanced out by clean breadiness on the finish. It makes for the perfect specialty ale to toast to 17 years of brewing immensely flavorful beers. Prost!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davros (2448) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
Pours orange/amber with a large white head. Nose shows sweet malt, booze, pine and some sweet passion fruit and orange marmalade too. Similar flavours, lots of sweet clean malt but lots of piny, resinous hops and a little pear and lychee too. Could use a bit more carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1102) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a cloudy prance with fluffy white head. Nose shows sweet fruit orange, apricot and peach, as well as a slight honey note. Taste is sweet and bitter. Candied fruits, bitter hops and a solid malt backbone. Finishes with a slightly resinous feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5179) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Rich deep orange and light copper coloured body with a thick, four centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of rich hops coupled with a ton of sugars and citrus notes - strong and potent. Full-bodied; Chewy hop and malt flavours at first with a definite emphasis on sugars and citrus components with the hops very grapefruity and citrus all with a sweet and chewy malt flavour. Aftertaste is rich and strong with alcohol notes, some light citrus and herbs coming out as well as the rich, resinous hops. Overall, a nice imperial IPA with a strong finish and unfortunately still showing a lot of alcohol burn. I sampled this 65 cxL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on 28-December-2013 for US$7.99 sampled with friends on New Years Eve 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6422) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Jacksonville, Fl - Grassoots Natural Market - 22 oz bomber. Pours a sparkling medium golden with a light but persistent snow white head.Sweet aroma with some tropical fruit accents, a nit of honeydew melon, some light spruce. Flavor is pleasant with some tangy citrusy bitterness, some honeydew melon fruitiness, a touch of caramel sweetness. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (541) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2014
I was really surprised by this, I was expecting, for no reason something darker and more bitter. What I got was a mouthful of orange and sweet hoppy notes with a reasonable length to a bitter finish that made me smile, a lot. This has a "full" mouthfeel, too. Disappointed by the lack of head, and the poor lacing though, that might just be my preference. This is pretty good thought and Iíd easily go another. or two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
badpuppy69 (295) - orange, California, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Pours a hazy light copper/dark gold nice soapy head. Aroma is faint citrucy notes. Taste is citrucy tropical fruits. Mild hops. Good beer not too bitter or sweet. To be fair Iím getting over the flu so my senses are not 100% hopefully ill get a chance to re review this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Candied citrus fruit are grounded in honeyed malts before sandy hop resins seal this hefty Imperial IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy pale orange.
-Malt flavours are mostly contributed through flabby sugars, which doesnít help the hop brightness either.
-Mouthfeel could be drier, for my tastes anyway. This is almost blond Barley Wine-like.
-This is still a pleasant sipper for warm evenings.
-This isnít too different from their Idiot Double IPA.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2465) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Light to moderate roasted grain for the malt, moderate to heavy grapefruit and orange juice for the hops, faint soap for the yeast with hints of solvent melon and light dried fruits. Head is small, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear medium amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and slightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a carbonation thatís between soft and lively. The juiciness of the hops in this DIPA is like no other Iíve had before. A little more carbonation wouldíve put it a little closer to perfection for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7838) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
bottle from City Beer. Pours orange amber with a tiny set of off-white bubbles and a boozy malt aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with a dry bitter finish. Maybe a bit of pineapple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1403) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours orange yellow with white head. Boozy aroma. Not much on the body. Has a strange aftertaste I canít describe. Not overly bitter.

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