Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5507) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT12. Slightly hazy yellow to orange colour with a small white head. Smells hops, fresh, fruity. Tastes hops, fruity, fresh, quite nice. Full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Meberlein (1) - Sterling heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2015 does not count
Upfront taste of honey and citrus with a clean finish. Not overly hoppy or bitter. An off-season option for hopslam like flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (20757) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2015
Keg at the hanging bat... Deep black.. Thin tan head.... Dark chocolate roast malts nose... Dark roast.. Big chocolate.. Bit too fizzy.. Dark chocolate roast malts.. Little cold... Light bitter roast.. Dark malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4475) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle at the brewery. Pours clear amber with a fizzy white head. Tastes like caramel, strong hop resin, light grapefruit, light nutty malt. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like hop resin, caramel, and light grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (869) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2015
good not great free sample....release #32... might have been old no date on bottle....not as hoppy as expected...(#428)......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vandc01 (322) - North Branch, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Release #25 - 1 of 1800 bottles Aroma - very orangy, tropical Appearance - Hazy golden pour. Taste - Very tropical. The taste follows the aroma almost exact. If this beer were to age too long, I don’t think I would like it as much, but this is pretty good. Palate - Huge mouth feel. Coats the entire tongue. Not a lot of bitterness, but solid. Overall - as long as it is fresh, I would seek this beer again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is big hops and malt, fruity, piney and citrussy. Flavour is caramel malt, quickly overtaken by huge amounts of hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkSanta410 (812) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Taster at the brewery. Pours a clear amber color. Aroma is piney hops, caramel. Taste is hoppy, pine, resinous, solid bitterness. Caramel sweetness brings a good balance. Palate is balanced, medium body, medium carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
degbert (1644) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle, release 36. Pours a lambent gold with a high, coarse-grained, off-white head. Nose is surprisingly subtle -- mostly floral (lavender) with herbal and lime notes. Massive bitterness up front with a very slight soapy overtone; prickly on the tongue, and the hops bitterness never really lets up. Some orange and toffee malt notes, but they’re hard to pick out. That soapy note mars the balance. Great mouthfeel. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1364) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Release 37 (bottled mid April). Pours a hazy, dark gold going toward amber with a fair cream colored cap that settles pretty quickly to a thin ring with some larger bubbles, leaving plenty of spotty, soapy lace. Nose involves plenty of sweet toasted barley, some floral notes, light pine, tropical and stone fruit, some spice. Quite sweet, decently bitter. Full bodied, pretty oily, fair action, slippery, with a lengthy herbal bitter finish. As constituted, pretty good, drinking like a blonde barleywine. Not that it hasn’t held up well, because it has, but I just get the feeling that, at pushing 6 months old, this had to be more vibrant when it was younger.

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