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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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A very strong India Pale Ale, The Imperial is loaded with Cascade Hops for explosive citrus characteristics with a slow, smooth finish.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - MAR 18, 2013
On tap at brewery from notes at the time of consumtion. Grapefruit, pine and floral aroma, very nice!! Dark golden amber pour, nice brightness, creamy head. Flavors of caramel and pale malts, a little biscut... grapefruit, pine. Very tasty IIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5486) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Draft half-pint at the brewery taproom. Pretty light in color but a nice firm foam head. Deeply resiny hop aroma. Mildly strong but without being over-done. Warming, although subtlely so. This is a very, very well done "big" beer that’s just not too big, as some can be. Nice welcome to Montana. (#2859, 5/12/2007)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6153) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
Brewpub tap. This batch is 9.8%. Clear orange amber, big passionfruit and citrus aroma, sweet. Perfect harmony between equally generous sweet malt and cascade hoppiness. Very bitter finish. A big beer that satisfies perfectly.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear amber with a medium off white head and decent lacing. Aroma is dominated by that silky smooth grapefruit that makes Pliny so good. Flavor is grapefruit, notes of pine, and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Finish is medium bitter. This is a very nice dipa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2007
On draught at the Flanagan’s Central Station in Whitefish, Montana. Pours a semi-hazy orangish amber brew with a thick and slow dissipating off-white head. Excellent lacing during the dissolve and sampling. Aroma of sweet grapefruit, some citrus zest with a light caramel malt. Taste is thick, medium to full bodied, slightly tart with a grapefruit flavor. Finish is slightly tart, dry and a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Good marks for this West Coast Double IPA style brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle: Light amber in color; perfectly translucent. Small beige head. Mild aroma is sweet with citrus and florals. Tastes really damn good! A stout maltiness with plenty of citrus sweetness and a little floral. A bit of pine... a bit of who gives a flying f**k! Absolutely an above average DIPA that I’d rather sit back and enjoy then look any further. Well done Flathead Lake!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 13, 2009
Copper pour with off-white head. Big hoppy floral notes. Flavor is all hops, really not over the top, but is paired well with a nice malt backbone that works great! Nice big bitter finish, that leaves you wanting a little more to this high alcohol gem.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Sampled at the brewery. Cloudy orange, frothy beige head. Aroma of tropical citrus, dank herb, pine, good balance of sweet and resinous. Taste has the same good balance but maybe leans towards a sweeter citrus type hop. Does finish with a long bitterness. Medium thick body, smooth carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (2003) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
2 years side by side: 2012 - Bottle - Earthy hops and nice malty sweetness to balance. Ruddy copper with minimal head. Nice grapefruit hoppy but balanced well with a malty brown sugar sweetness. A really nice imperial IPA, nothing fancy but well done. 2011 - Bottle - Sweet fruit, molasses, and alcohol heat. Ruddy copper with minimal head. Bitterness from the hops, but none of the flavor. Brown sugar, molasses and a bit of alcohol. Some apricot like fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
Draft at the brewery taproom. Pours mildly hazy gold/amber, thick off-white head, gorgeous lacing. Nose is grapefruit, citrus, lemons. Flavours are rich malt, many-layered citrus. Really potent grapefruit notes in the finish. Solid.


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