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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5602) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (404) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
badpuppy69 (240) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7956) - 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.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2288) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6592) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1126) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3263) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2013
Deep amber color. Big piney nose with massive amounts of pale malt. Very clean. Full body very well balanced and alcohol well hidden. Smooth and well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours hazy orange with some white head. nose is oxidized caramel, breads, stale hops, fruits. Flavor is still stale fruity and lightly flowery. Lightly tart in the finish and lightly sweet. The oxidation ruined it for me. Past itís prime

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3787) - - DEC 28, 2013
bottle. flat appearance with a hazy gold color and small head. piney oxidized aroma with some buttery sweetness. flavor is sweet with pine and pineapple. may be a bit past its prime, but it has some nice characteristics.


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