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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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This tawny-orange ale immediately assults the senses with the character of hops from the Pacific Northwest. An aroma that combines grapefruit pith and pine resin foreshadows a strongly bitter beer. The flavor is spicy and juicy with citrus dominating over honey and floral notes, then giving way to a dry, chalky bitterness. The almost sweet finish is accentuated by the strength of the alcohol.

Release #1 : 9.5% ABV
Release #2 : 10.1% ABV
Release #3-6 : 9.9% ABV
Release #7-8 : 9.3% ABV
Release #9-10 : 8.7% ABV
Release #11 : 8.9% ABV
Release #12 : 9.0% ABV
Release #13 : 9.6% ABV
Release #14 : 9.4% ABV
Release #18 : 8.4% ABV
Release #27 - 9.6% ABV


2011 GABF Bronze Medalist for Imperial Pale Ale


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11222) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy complex earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittesweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (885) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
Under 2,000 bottles of this series released, I got bottle number 16! Aroma contains floral and citrus filled hops with a hint of vanilla. pours a light golden color with a moderate foam. Taste is lightly bitter hops upfront with vanilla and caramel malt undertones. Light spices with a light carbonation and a slight alcohol flavor. Overall, this is a well done beer with an above average hop flavor, coushioned by a pleasantly sweet malt in the background. I’d give this an A rating.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5974) - Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks decent, but a little transparent. Smells great; hoppy and grassy. Tastes good, but not spectacular. Mouthfeel is decent. Pretty good, especially for its availability.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bomber from Total Wines Tucson. Beautiful golden pour with a nice head. Big front end but balanced just right with hopy goodness. Wish I had more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2012
22oz bottle. Batch 14. Pours a hazy orange amber with a big sticky beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is mainly grapefruit and lemongrass. There is some sugary sweet malts in the background and some subtle resinous pine. Taste is hoppy and full of juicy citrus up front. A nice grapefruit bitterness especially but with a sweet malty backbone. The finish is bitter but with lots of alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and really sticky on the palate with hop resin lingering with the boozy burn. I’m impressed with this beer. A big juicy citrus-filled DIPA that remains fairly drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4699) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. hazy light gold with a pillowy white head--looks like a hefe. But smells like freshly picked hops, with green leafiness, some greasy lupulin, and fresh floral tones. Taste is pretty smooth, mouthfeel wise, but is floral and leafy and bitter, with a balancing light caramalt sweet backbone. But is largely floral and fresh hoppy, with loads of fresh lupulin and fresh leafy fresh picked hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (6483) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2012
Tap @ Avery, doing the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours slightly hazy golden with white head. Aroma of malty, peach, tropica fruit, grapefruit. Taste is malty, tropical fruit, peach, pine, grapefruit, pine. Medium body, average carbonation, slightly bitter finish. 090312

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
openbottle (19) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Nice orange color. With little to no head. However, very nice lacing. Nice piny resinous hop profile. Very nice balance with hops and malt. Tasted release #13 out of a 22oz bottle. Overall, a very good double IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Not a big hop aroma, smells slightly citrusy, boozy, and some deep tropical but pretty subtle. Good carbonation which helps this boozy beast. The flavor is ok, it is bitter but pretty hot. This beer wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t seek it out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Hazy yellow-orange pour with a creamy, white head. Long-lasting head retention. Looks amazing. I could smell the citrus hops before I poured; really looking forward. Aroma is citrus, honey, light fruit, yeasty esters, hint of caramel. Smooth and creamy body all the way through, surprisingly. Starts off sweet and carries through the mid palate leading to a nice, slightly bitter finish. Low alcohol warmth, low carbonation, medium-full body. I like!


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