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RATINGS: 237   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

socaltay's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
Release #16 8.9% ABV. Sampled from 22oz bomber. Appearance is very typical for a DIPA with a nice white head that fades away and leaves a little ring around the top of the beer. The aroma is soft pine note resins and sweet fruit notes. The taste follows the aroma very nicely and has a very full mouthfeel. Overall this is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (428) - 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 (142) - North Branch, Minnesota, 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 (4117) - 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 (411) - 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 (1267) - 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 (1136) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2306) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2014
A full bodied IPA with tons of dank hops in both the nose and in the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"release #14 - good stuff! dark dank aroma slightly reminiscent of Avery Maharaja. Full flavored and full bodied, thick and chewy, bittersweet citrus and pine. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhilJackson80 (437) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 23, 2014
22 oz Bomber. Tasted on 9/23/14. Bottle from Total Wine Lewisville, TX. The beer has a strong pine & some citrus hop aroma. The flavor is also piney with a medium citrus to it. It also has a nice dry finish for a 9.8 ABV. Overall a very nice DIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3681) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine, Summerlin. Hazy yellow pour white head. Aroma is very fruity, resin, pine, citrus and floral hops. Flavor is quite bitter and very fruity. Very smooth and with a thick body. Lovely IPA.

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