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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   IBU: 105   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Our imperial IPA is golden in color with an intense hop bittering, tropical fruit flavor, and a dry finish. OH WILSON PUNCH YOU IN THE EYE!


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1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
I am writing this because it looks like all the other reviews were from the brewpub and my sample was at Jackie o’s and I had a completely different experience. I ordered this beer and the bartender, who knows me, gives me a tasting glass, I look at him perplexed, sniff and taste the beer..... nothing....I would not even of put this in the pale ale range of style with no hop aroma or taste, no bitterness, and no viscosity. He then told me they had a hefe by this brewery that tasted like water next door. I thanked him for not selling me this beer and ordered a different beer. I will try again if I see it at another place but in the mean time I have to question all aspects of this beer once it was put into the keg.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2237) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Full of citrus hop and resinous goodness. A bit sweet throughout. A very tasty DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6737) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2015
sample at NIIPAC IIPA CHALLENGE @Gene McCarthy’s, Buffalo, NY. solid IIPA, golden pour, good mouthfeel, tropical hop flavors, some malty backbone. pretty good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2014
On tap at brewpub
A nice description led me to add this to the end of my flight. A middle of the road imperial IPA deserves attention if you’ve run out of other ideas. Otherwise I’d stick to a porter or other styles to get a better sense of how Fifty West does across the board.

Aroma / Appearance - Caramel bronze liquid floats idly in the sample sized glass. An ivory head accompanies it. Oaky bitterness warms the air but the rye does not emerge immediately. While robust it lacks the full body of other releases.

Flavor / Palate - A bitter chewy mouthfeel opens up for a second as it moves towards the throat. Grainy oak delays the warmth which is less a punch in the eye and more a tickle. This tastes more like a hoppy English style barleywine than an American style double IPA. Based on these samples I will stick to Fifty West’s more malt driven drafts on a future visit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5469) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle shared on the bus in Asheville. Light gold with a small head. Super grassy and fresh. Sweet honeyed meadow, mountain spring bloom. Cantaloupe and mellow tropical bitterness. Pretty bitter on the finish. Medium body, active carbonation. Very accomplished.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1841) - Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Draft. Gold pour, white head. Aroma of citrus, floral, tropical hop, caramel. Taste is bitter, citrus, grassy. Palate is average carbonation, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2380) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Taster at brewery - nose is cat urine. Sip adds pine and resin. Yummy. Fairly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GnarlyGnome (756) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Draft: pours a nice amber orange color with a small white head. Aromas are fruit and resiny citrus and pine hops. Has a nice solid malty body to balance it out. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Sample at Ohio IPA Night at Daily Growler on 03/20/2014. Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, tropical fruit and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of citrusy hops, toasted malt and pine. The finish is moderately bitter with a resiny hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5286) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Sample at World of Beer Easton on 3/15/14. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Aroma of malt, grapefruit, onion and tropical fruit. Malty sweet flavor up front, giving way to some citrus before an oniony finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4542) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Growler shared on the RBWG tour bus by Max and the other cool ass Fifty West bros. Poured slightly hazy orangey/gold with a foamy white head. Aroma was dank, in a good hoppy dank way. Notes of rotting citrus, yellow grapefruit, apricot and mango, grains. Palate is spot on, medium to fuller bodied with a lingering bitterness along with a touch of heat from the big ABV medium carbonation and a sticky feel overall. Flavor is the same as the aroma with dank fruitiness but the grains become a bit more prominent. Notes of dry toast and some grain chaff. Honestly rated it this high before I even realized that the guys that brought this growler work at the brewery.


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