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RATINGS: 246   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3088) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 651 ml. bottle. Release #29, 9.3% ABV. Pours a medium well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a hazy particle laden, dark amber (SRM 14) body....nose is pine resin, grapefruit, cereal malt, with toffee/caramel tones....taste is light perfume, floral, slightly soapy, pine, grapefruit, toffee/caramel, licorice, finishing with a lingering hop bitterness......mouth feel heavy of medium, sticky, slightly astringent, mild alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds creaminess, with a crisp acid finish. This is a technically flawless, nicely balanced, pleasantly complex, thoroughly drinkable I/DIPA. BJCP 9/1/15/5/8 Now at Release #37. 9.8% ABV. Den# 1610. General deScriptors are the same. The major differences are a clean body, the obvious high alcohol content, which is a tiny bit too high and a loss of some of the more subtle aromas and flavors as a result. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigtaster (846) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
From a bomber in a pint glass, large off-white head slightly hazy with a few bits of debris, golden yellow color with light brown also. Very fresh hop aroma, there is lots of the pine and tropical fruit mixed with kush. Extremely smooth beer, tiny little carbonation bubbles, immediate and lingering bitterness matched by a slight sweetness. Really pretty light beer for this high of alcohol. This one is a palate killer, with a hop bill and schedule to envy for many breweries. The one glaring complaint is unbalanced nature of this beer, which seems to be more pronounced in the tops IIPA’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
On tap at Lucky Pie Lodo. Pour is hazy orange with a frothy white head and great lacing. Big caramel, goopy, vanilla cake, grassy, doughy, somewhat floral, orange peel, and bready aroma. Taste is huge bitter hops upfront - grassy, grapefruity, earthy, and spicy - with a big malt backbone - caramelly bready, and doughy - ending with a harsh bitterness. Sticky mouthfeel with high carbonation. Not bad, but pretty unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XaenDovet (1239) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle. Hazy gold. Aroma of earth, resinous hops, citrus, caramel, raisin. Taste is a touch yeasty, blasting citrus zest, fruity and caramel malt. Dry finish. Cereal coating on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2503) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Lightly hazy, golden amber with a 2-finger off-white head and that leaves rings of excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, citrus (especially orange) and other hops. Taste of grapefruit, orange, cream soda, bread, caramel and more bitter hops. Medium body and medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Pours amber with a white head. Some hop aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, fruity. This is very drinkable. Awesome DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RaucusBacchus (63) - Sandy, Utah, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bomber: wonderful, floral aroma. Excessive head tops a lightly hazed, wild honey orange beer. The flavor is harshly bitter and the alcohol is warm with a bite. I could smell this all day long but a big bottle is a lot to swallow. ~m --RaucusBacchus

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lupulucid (189) - - JUN 12, 2013
Release 27 9.4% ABV. Orange tinged honey color complements a layering of hops flavor. Citrus competes with resin while malt flavor exceeds sweetness resulting in a fairly complex beer with racy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bomber from Beverages for Less in Santee, CA. Faint print: Release 26/9.5%. Pours translucent gold with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is fresh fruit and citrus. Med body, about. Flavor is very bitter. Grapefruit rind. Could also be floral and resin. It’s mouth smashing hoppy. Mild hop burn which builds with time. Heat’s not an issue, but you can find it. Pretty strong flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Out of a bomber, release 22. Aroma is floral, citrus, and a tiny sugary sweet scent. Flavor is floral, citrus, grapefruit, and a nice English malt also. Very nice and bitter!! Very good, I just recommend you get this the freshest you can, I’ve had an old bottle and its was not very good.

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