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RATINGS: 222   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Release #3, 9.9%. The pour is a hazy, coppery, honey color with a moderately full, white, creamy, pillowy head which settles to a very thin pillowy layer and leaves thick, drippy lace. The nose is full of dried apricot, some white grapefruit, very resinous, perfumey alcohol, and raw hops. The flavor is similar resinous pine, some honeyed notes, still lighter candied apricots, floral, and similar grapefruit. The palate is medium to full, lively, prickly, creamy, and oily. The finish is long and bitter with floral and resin still, some light honey, and diminishing apricot and grapefruit. A bit too much green, raw hops in this one but otherwise a fairly well put together IIPA. The acidity is moderate and the bitterness is nearly high. The honeyed noted were a relief from the otherwise over the top bitter beer. This one was more pleasant to drink than I would have thought from the green notes in the nose. Decent but not one of my favorites.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DWestrick (415) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle release #13. Very nice imperial first thing I thought was coming from Utah? This will be weak and unimpressive. Not the case at all. Beautiful beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Release #5, thanks to Connie for the bomber! Poured medium golden with a dense, off-white head. The aroma picked up pineapple, orange, and peachy hoppage over sweet pale and biscuity malts.. peppery alcohol on the back of the nose.. I enjoyed the citrus presence, but the hops showed some age. The flavor found sweeter honey and biscuity malts at the core with peach kernel and grapefruit bitterness around.. black peppery alcohol too.. finished spicy and warm with tropical fruit bitterness over simple, but complementary malts. Heavier-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. creamy feel at times, but just shy of a "4". Id definitely drink this again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Release #9. Frothy bright white head of medium sized bubbles. Leaves a thick swiss cheese lacing on the glass. Nice hoppy aroma with lots of oranges, pine sap, grainy malts and some dried flowers. Color is a hazy bright golden orange. Sweet and malty flavor up front with some honey and pears that tends towards nice citrusy bitterness late swallow. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth with a bit of lingering grapefruit. A pretty good IIPA. The hops and bitterness is a bit more subdued than I would have expected. I wonder, since this is batch # 9 that it may be rather old.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle (batch 8). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with a note of butter, light note of dried mango. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Shame about the diacetyl (a year-old bottle of Hopulent I tried but did not rate due to age was a butter bomb), and otherwise the nose is just fair. The beer is quite nice in the mouth, surprisingly...rich and creamy and balanced and non-abrasive. Pretty well-hidden alcohol too, all things considered. I hope they get a handle on the diacetyl issues, since this could be a great brew if they do.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Strong hoppy flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (5940) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel malts, resinous and piney hops, butter - the pine stands out with a thick malt backing. Flavour of intense resinous and piney hops, grapefruit, rich caramel malts to balance with a bit of orange zest. Remarkably complex for a IIPA. Well-crafted and immensely enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottled. Its 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)


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