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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
When we opened our doors 17 years ago, imposing India Pale Ales didn’t 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 year’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2087) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2013
pours a clear orange with a medium size white head, and good lacing. smell is of citrus, floral, orange peel, and malt. taste is of hops, citrus, some caramel, and leaves. ends a little oily and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2187) - London area, Herefordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Thanks to Sebastian for sharing! Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small off-white head. The smell is fruity hops, caramel malt, peach. The taste starts hoppy with fruit, citrus, pine going into a caramel backbone then slight bitterness and dryness. Medium body and slick - nicely carbonated. Nice DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
22oz bottle. Mostly clear golden yellow orange color. Thin white head. Decent dots of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. kind of slick texture. Bigger bitter taste, on spot for a fresh DIPA... Kind of a resiny, hoppy heat in the finish, suggests at the 9.5% abv. Nice resiny, grapefruit, citrusy hop character. Some sweetness, caramel malt, but as it is now, mostly just a lot of good fresh very hoppy heat. Overall, a solid DIPA. Just a little bite in the finish is my main complaint. Enjoyable overall. Gets the job done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (2180) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
Pours an unclear with a low white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is of fruity/juicy hops, quite nice! Taste is really balanced and never aggressive with a medium level of bitterness counteracting some caramel-like malts. Carbonation was moderate, body medium. A nice surprise again, thanks Tom!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3173) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Une belle bombe résineuse et sucrée mais assez facile à boire. Les malts sont croustillants et la résine de pin patauge sans problème. Légèrement huileux en bouche également mais sec, parfait en mangeant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (12659) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 13, 2013
Deutlich hopfiger Antrunk, blumig. Angenehme Herbe, vollmundig. Intensiv bleibend, leicht grasig, weich. Die Blumigkeit wird auch im Mittelteil absolut in den Vordergrund gestellt, wenig helles Malz. 10/12/12/12/10/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5702) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
pours hazy bright golden with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. citrus, fruits - berries, honeyed, sweet and spicy malts, hint of toastiness. moderate carbonation, mediyum body - oily and a bit sticky, slightly boozy and spicy-piney-citrusy finish. clean, but relatively linear. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3903) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Extra from kbudd19, thanks! Slightly hazy golden with a medium white head and good lacing. Aroma is hoppy with pine and citrus along with some sweetness. Taste is of citrus and pine along with caramel and a good malt backbone (almost too sweet at times though) and moderate bitterness. Alcohol is well integrated. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Oily and dry mouthfeel. Good DIPA. Drinkable. A tad sweet, but not that much for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (978) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Coronado knows what they are doing--especially when it comes to IPAs. Although enjoyable, this is far from CBC best; their Idiot IPA is superior in comparison. Their anniversary edition is brewed well, yet, the hop profile gets a little muddled for my taste. Alcohol? Incredibly well hidden! Like many anniversary ales I have tried, the brewing team over engineered this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber from Lakes Market in Santee. Pours an oily-looking orangey-gold, minimal foam, and heavy citrus and floral aromas coming off the pour. Closer investigation brings out the combination of hops with the Citra still somehow featured. Really intriguing marriage of the 5 hop types. The overall aromatic effect is dank but not heavy. Taste is nice... perhaps a little edgy up front, but really typical of the IIPA style. Clean, if somewhat warm, finish. Surprisingly light body and mouthfeel. Nice beer.

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