Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m a moderate hophead with a long penchant for IPA’s, but I am not liking the cut of the Imperial IPA jibb. This is as good as any double IPA as any maybe better than most. The hops are harsh and aggressisve in the aroma. Pours a nice hazy tangerine. Some hotness from the alcohol but it is overwhelmed by the hop liquor. Not my favorite beer, but I am trying to rate to style and this, as stated above, is better than most.
miyauchi38 (540) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smroush (96) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas are all hops, with a variety of hop aromas - flowers, perfume, pine and spruce. Malt presence is pretty subdued - just a mild bread/cereal aroma.
Color is a medium amber, with some cloudiness; the head is small and pretty white.
The body is medium to full; there is a very apparent high alcohol presence; carbonation is average and the finish is long, floral and bitter. There is a moderate to heavy sweetness; I presume due to the alcohol level. The bitterness level is quite high.
Overall this is a quite good beer. It is a very classic Imperial IPA. Lots of hop flavors and bitterness. I like the variety of hop aromas. It’s powerful with a sweet alcohol wallop. As with many Imperial IPAs this one is fairly one dimensional - a real hop bomb without much too balance the hops.
Calisky (1397) - ALSACE, FRANCE - APR 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur brune orangée, très légère mousse. Nez très puissant, houblonné, pâte de fruits (coing, melon), note de caramel, alcool, fruits noirs. Corps robuste, malt caramel, fruité (banane, fruits jaune, melon, coing..) et fruits noirs puis forte amertume houblonnée sapin et thé, avec note d’alcool. Fin très intense amère et réchauffante d’alcool. Superbe. Pour les amateurs d’ipa, très savoureuse et intense.
jaghana (4377) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - APR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl, kindly shared by Calisky. A cloudy orange amber beer with medium head. Nose is intense on hops resin, quince and toasted malt. Aroma is on toasted malt, blond caramel, very fruity on apple, orange, quince, very bitter, coconut wood, melon, caramel, white grapes, feeling of an US barley wine . Heavy bitter finish with still resin and fruit skin notes.
raoul_duke (121) - - APR 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, and I never mention this although I should start, the bottle art is awesome. 12 oz bottle from a four pack. Head is wet and white. Color is burnt orange almost red. Carbonation noticeable in the glass. Strong tropical fruit on the nose, pineapple kiwi and a touch of resin. Very pleasant. Taste is really good. Hop with a nice amount of malt. Define pineapple but the sweetness is really well balanced by the malt which is somewhat unique in the ipa game. I may do what the brewer suggests and age one or two bottles.
kevinsenn (1329) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bruisin? Ales. Resin and juicy tropical fruit aroma. Quite sweet (not surprising for 12% ABV) but balanced out with a big bitter punch. Caramel and raisin notes as well as citrus hops. Boozy finish. Delicious.
AirForceHops (4033) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another share thanks to Willrunforbeer. Orange Amber color with very slight head. Aroma shows a thick amount of bready malt, orange marmalade and mild citrus tones.
The alcohol is really mellow for an over 12% ABV the bitterness really nice and lingering. The malt and hop bitterness is a really nice balance. The balance is tits!!
tsd08460 (67) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: spruce, citrus, caramel,
Appearance: amber, clear, minimal head, white foam,
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Christpuncher (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the hoppiest iPas I have had lately. Strong malt backbone on this one. Pours deep orange almost brown in color. Very bitter and hoppy bite. Smells dank and hoppy. Had out of a bottle at home
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chicagobears (430) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky copper into Leffe glass. This is my first exposure to Dark Horse and the store only limited one four pack per customer. Figured it had to be good… and it is. Really dense, sticky and hoppy. Pine and citrus with a syrupy caramel backbone. A bit hot on the palate and a very long bitterness lingers. Also has an ’earthy’ finish. Very appetizing.