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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2306) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottled. Itís got everything I like in an IPA. The big hop, floral aroma. The big grassy, citrus taste. The nice hazy orange pour and dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Shared with mikem409 and his wife at Kuhnhenn. Thanks buddy. Pours hazy light golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of grapefruit, piney hops, and some sweet malt. Flavors of grapefruit, resiny piney hops, sweet bready malts, some honey, and good amount of bitter hops and some heat from the ABV. Finishes with sweet malts and some hop bitterness. Little sweet for my liking but not a bad DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #53. Light hazy orange yellow pour. Nixe tropical citrus aroma. Light flavor, more tropicalness, real tasty. (2006)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle. Release #7- 9.5% is what the bottle says; website says 9.3%, but itís clear the website has quite a bit of cutting and pasting and some disorganization, so Iíll believe the 9.5%. Sweet aroma with high alcohol quite evident and hops. Cloudy orange body with a yellowish, off-white head. Not much lace. First sip gives you a bit of alcohol burn. A creaminess mellows the hotness and the sweetness balances the considerable hops. Really quite nice. Initially I wasnít sure I liked it quite as much as I liked the Sam Adams Third Voyage I had last night, but as it warmed, it became really yummy. Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (859) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
*Release # 8 - Pop the top off this 22oz beverage and it releases the most intensely beautiful and strong aroma Iíve probably ever sampled! Damn that is intense, and so are the flavors. Super bitter pine resin, citrus, and grapefruit pervade. Unbalanced? Depends on your preference. I think it is a tad bitter, but so well made! Good stuff, but I would like some more sweet malt.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Release #4, Bottle. Hazy amber-orange body with a thin white head with some decent lacing. Honey, resin, grapefruity hops and a touch of toffee. Bit sweeter than I expected in the aroma, and the maltiness overshadows the grapefruity and resinous hop profile. The hops are there, and some warming alcohol shows up in the finish. Medium to heavier body that nears cloying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3149) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 24, 2011
tap-pours real pale orange with a nice soapy white head., nose is sweet citrus hops, almost too sweet. cloying at times. wow, big sweet hop flavors here much like the nose would suggest and not much to dry it out. lots of floral and citrus with some alcohol kick on the end. long finish of sweet citrus and lingering heat. not bad but not great needs to be drier with some more bittering hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(22oz bottle, Release #4) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, orange, florals, and toffee. Flavor of orange, caramel, resin, pine, and toffee with a dry, bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Got this beer at Whole Foods Chandler thanks to James and John (aka the Sons of Thunder) The beer pours a light orange and is extremely cloudy. The aroma on the beer smells strong of orange, and lemon, it is such a strong smell it is almost sour. I enjoy it. The beer tastes like it smells, with a strong upfront citrus hops characteristic that cascade and leave a nice dry bite at the end. The lacing on the glass is beautiful and I really enjoyed this beer. One of the better Imperial IPAís to come to AZ for the first time this year. It compares favorably to Mongo from Port and Idiot from Coronado.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaraCurtis (115) - Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2011
I find that I really enjoy the taste of this beer. The front and end taste on the palate of this beer part is very pleasant, translating to the length that this beer lingers on the palate. The smell and taste are both pretty strong.


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