Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
This is our house-brewed version of an Imperial Pale Ale, a ramped-up version (higher alcohol and hops) of an India Pale Ale that has grown in popularity throughout the country and now has its own category in major competitions. It won the Bronze Medal at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival in the American Strong Pale Ale category.

Sham's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Dark copper and pellucid. White, frothy head that is almost creamy. Nose of citrus and pine. There’s almost a hint of cedar there. I have no idea why. Fruity with notes of oranges and a little of the pine comes through with the flavor. Sweet caramel malts and a touch of toasted malts. Finshes smooth and easy. I could drink this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazed amber with a thin white head. Big citrus on the nose, soft sticky oxidized fruity malt on the nose. Medium bodied, earthy citrus, a bunch of malt, getting a bit of fruit. Slow malt into the finish, malt, sticky and big. Comes across flabby and very malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mintzmeet (447) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Great taste! Great head. Love the taste. Nice Amber malt. I like this. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewje41 (2947) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Draft pour pint at the West Seattle location. Listed as an organic IPA. First visit to this location, the site of this beer’s origin. Pours a dark copper color with a thick foam head. Soft grain aroma. Flavor is a little nutty, caramel malt, and a heavy bitter hop bill. Malt heavy linger. They call it an IPA, but the malt presence is dominating here. Not a slammer here, less my liking for an IPA. Or strong ale. Whatever is. Was alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9593) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2015
On June 23, 2015. At Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub in Seattle, Washington.
As "Demolition Imperial IPA".
Clear amber color, yellow head. Hoppy, fruity taste. Bitter aftertaste, also some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium high to high bitterness. Hoppy, fruity scent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15797) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
Billed as the hoppier DIPA on at the time, this is actually pretty similar, maybe with more citrusy character but still old school crystal malt forward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Draft - Sweet caramel east coast style.  Hazy copper with a decent head. Lots of caramel and bitterness.  Resinous finish. Odd for something not an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1639) - Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Deep golden/orange color with a foam that clings well to the glass. Earthy hops along with tangerine and grapefruits. Moderate bitterness but pleasant to drink. Toffee malts try to keep up. Finish drags on with hop flavor and light alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jsnicholas (524) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Draft at West Seattle Brew Pub. Mostly clear golden. Bitter. Mostly what I get is bitterness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2014
On draught at 10th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival. Amber color. Aroma is grapefruit and bitter caramel. Taste is bitter grapefruit, tart citrus, and caramel malt. Good, but a little too bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3582) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Sampler at source. This should be listed as a DIPA, not ASA. Dark orange amber color that completely covers the side of the glass as you drink it down. Aroma is a fresh bouquet of hops - some citrus, some fruit nicely blended, no/low pine. Medium bitterness on the nose. Alcohol appropriately pleasant with a present neutral malt background. Flavor is hop profile with a medium hip bitterness that overtakes the flavor and leads into the aftertaste. As the beer warms up there is a mild diacetyl character. I could see less sensitive people not picking it up. Also, I don’t mind the character as much but I could see those that dislike it really penalizing the beer for it. I actually think in this case it provides a nice characteristic to balance the hops.

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