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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Hops climb up twine that’s just loosely tied to the trellis with a half hitch knot— and this Imperial IPA is just loosely tied to tradition. The Mosaic hop imparts surprisingly floral aromas instead of the more expected grapefruit-y notes. On the palate, complex layers of flavors might remind you of guava, mango, stone fruit and lemon, unraveling your idea of what an Imperial IPA should be.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle; bottled Feb 11 ’14
Golden color, hazy, with the light of the sun; the head is small. The aroma is nice, but not deep; more was expected, maybe because the bottle is 3 months old; some fruit salad, not specifically citrusy. Good note, the mouthfeel is quite lean and highly drinkable; the malts are subtle, with light toffee notes; and the hopping is perfect, mostly fruity, with original notes of guava and mango; moderately sweet body, well integrated with the strong bitterness; the final is slightly more resiny, a nice biting end, some sweet orange too.
A bit expensive (6.56$ after tax, 37cl) but very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9054) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2013
Tap at Crux, Bend, 23/05/13. Lightly hazed golden amber with a thin off white head. Nose is hops, light piss, bitter orange, bitter grapefruit. Taste comprises ligh floral hop notes, orange pith, pine, grapefruit. Full bodied, fine carbonation, good dose of hop bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Tap at Crux. Pours a low haze gold with webby lacing. Nose is peach, mango, tropical melons, sticky, dank. Taste is sugary tea, very sweet as usual for Crux. Melon juice, soft bitterness. Dense, cloying sugar. For Crux, it is one of their better beers. But hot damn this sugar problem needs to be fixed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
On tap at Apex, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is full of tropical fruits, piney hops, and biscuity caramel malt. Flavour is similar, with a wonderful balance of tropical fruits, resinous hops, and caramel malt. Loads of depth here, with a lightly sweet, and resinous hoppy finish. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle:   A bit of a fruity example, some pale fruit as well as grapefruit.   Smooth, decent body, warming, with a rich piney background.   Good example, wished it were a bit more floral and perhaps a touch sweeter.   Otherwise decent.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Draft at SB. Pours a hazy burnished dark amber, others reported that their glasses less than an hour earlier were murkyl same keg. Loose white head. Big fresh funky orange and grapefruit peels on the nose, along with some earthiness. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Mosaic is so weird--there’s plenty of citrus rind, bright and acidic, almost popping, but then there’s this deep chewy earth next to that, on top of a toasted caramel, nutty mid palate. Wonderful, bit disconcerting at the same time. Long fruity earthy finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
douglas88 (6111) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2013
On tap at Apex. A really odd brew. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. A big sweet nose of oranges, melons, almost buttery sweet. Sweet flavors of cat piss, cannabis, light low bitterness, super almost shocking unbalanced sweetness. Not good. Drinkable of course, but seemingly devoid of early boil bittering additions. Unbalanced and not my thing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Yes, please. Very well made double IPA - not over the top but very nice soft aromatics and flavor. Lots of floral and tropical fruit in both. Medium bittering. Sooooo smooth. Also goes from tap to bottle very very well. Such a soft feel for a 10% beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Amber in color clear with a thin head. Nice IPA hops forward flavor. Good malt roast with good spice flavor mix. Very tasty beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3688) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Draught. Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a very large white head on it. Nose is very hoppy and inviting, with a lot of floral and grassiness to it. Taste is moderately bitter and very fresh. This ends up being rather smooth and refreshing. Great drink.


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