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RATINGS: 1489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish. 86 IBUs.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Had this after hopslam. just doesnt quite compare, however this is a fantastic IIPA. Pours out coppery color with a decent beige head on it. Aroma hoppy and full of citrus. flavor is also hoppy with a nice grassy dry citrus finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Strong nose of caramel, heavy grapefruit, and clean-finishing citrus. Flavor is lots of malt to back up the assertive grapefruit flavor in the hops. Finishes clean and excellent- leaves me wanting more.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle. Slightly hazy, deep gold in colour with next to no head. Aroma of grapefruit and orange hops with some sweet malts. Sweet, slightly strange flavour of orange squash and barley sugar, with a very dry grapefruit hop finish. Not my kind of beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Off balanced, overly hopped and citrusy. All in a very good way. Hands down my favorite 2IPA these days.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnovacanes (61) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Appearance: touch on the lighter side with respect to hue; above average head retention on a white to off-white head; hazy indicating an unfiltered characteristic Aroma: rather intense citrus; tropical pineapple, kiwi, lemon, lime, orange; smells more like a fruit salad than a beer; not necessarily a bad thing (as long as it tastes more like a beer than a fruit salad!); also grapefruit Flavor: intense citrus continues; medium -high bitterness; very little malt presence; high carbonation and moderate fruit component Palate: definitely dry; high carbonation; no to little astringency; more crisp than smooth

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle from OHLRangers. Pours a lemon yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral wtih notes of ripe fresh fruit, apricots, citrus, honey and floral hops. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of honey, citrus, apricot and hints of caramel and booze. Generally medium body with a pleasing bitter floral hops finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010
Date: February 06, 2009
Mode: Growler
Source: Footset Foreplay Friday
Appearance: hazy orange, wispy white head
Aroma: huge sweet citrus hop aroma, sweet fruityness
Flavor: sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of hop flavor, nice fruityness, just enough bitterness for balance

Date: February 10, 2009
Mode: bottle
Words: Brusin’ Ales
Aroma: sweet grapefruit aroma with sweet orange and tangerine
Flavor: picking up more bitterness in the flavor in the bottle version, lots of the fruityness, tempered sweetness begins towards the bottom of the glass

Date: February 05, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: hop city
Aroma: sweet crystal and peppery pine aroma
Flavor: big bitter flavor, touch of balancing pale malt sweetness

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: *** /4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours slightly hazy gold with thin white head. Looks as a double IPA should with that heavy dry hop haze. The aroma is full with citrus sweet tangelo and grapefruit to go along with a solid sweet malty backbone. Great aroma. I get big tasty notes all across my palate as I swill in the first sip with rich malts leading quickly into full tangelo hop flavors that bleed into grapefruit hop bitterness. It evens out into the finish with lingering citrus hop bitterness. Wow, very nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Rating from February. Bottle from Rozi’s in Lakewood Ohio. I tried this along with Bells Hopslam. Pours amber with a white head. Very nice citrusy aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation. The pale malt backbone is very west coast like, staying out of the way to let the hop grapefruit rind and piney bitterness take over. Not as sweet as Hopslam, and much drier and grassier. This was good, but I think this one has a very short shelf life like Pliney, as this bottle did not seem fresh.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Had this on tap at the Founders brewpub and oh my goodness, how tasty and fresh it was! Poured glowing orange with a small white head. Aroma is a beautiful blend of hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine pineapple with a nice sweet malty backbone. Really bites the nose nicely. Flavor is just as potent with very freshly squeezed hop oils. Not too bitter at all with just the right blend of fruity and floral. The balance of rich caramelized sugar gives it a nice leveling. Slightly bitter finish but not unpleasant in the least.Medium to full body and a relaxed carbonation. Amazing Imperial IPA. I may be biased having it straight from the brewery but it was nearly perfect.


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