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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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New for 2011, this Imperial IPA’s full malt body is elevated by the loads of hop flavor and bitterness. Copious amounts of Citra, Chinook, Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops are used to give this beer a wonderful aroma of orange zest and lemon. This fruitiness from the hops is complimented by a nice caramel biscuit malt flavor from the pale and crystal malts and finishes balanced with a slight hop kick. This beer was dry hopped for your enjoyment. Available in 22oz Bottles and Draught ABV 7.5% IBUs: 80


3.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Pours a copper with a fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, hops, malt, fruits. Flavor is fruity spicy hops, malt, citrus. Decent IPA. Not quite as big as I like a double IPA. But still good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Sampled on tap at PIB. Pours a clear orange amber with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, summer citrus fruits such as lemon and tangerine. Flavour is very hop heavy, citrus, no detectable malt backing which leaves the flavour a little thin. Bitterness is sharp but disappears too quickly. Very disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange brown with a thick white head. Aroma of floral hops, bready malt, caramel malt, spicy hops, garlicky hops. Flavor of a sharp hop spiciness with some bitter hops and caramel malt. Just a hint of citrus. Very tasty IIPA (I can’t see why others don’t love it!). More good stuff from Full Sail. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (914) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2011
resiny hops, whole wheat, and oak are the aromas. slightly flat but nicely oily on the tongue.. flavors a little schizophrenic with a sharp woodsy bitterness and a rich malt-honey sweetness, hops dominating, and a quick warming. modest white head with a little lacing on top of clear light amber, not quite matching the orange label,

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottom from SL. Light orange to amber pour. Head lacing standard. On the lighter side of dIPAs. Aroma of citrus rinds, faint resin. The flavor followed, caramel light, biscuit/doughy also present, finishing with a little bitter kick. Mouthfeel was lacking some carbonation. Not bad, a refreshing dIPA, but forgetable at the same time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Solid effort. Orange pour, citrus around. Mild sweetness, good citrus hip presence with a touch of resin. Full bodied but still refreshing. Not sticky. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12991) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2011
Draught@McCormicks&Schmick’s, Portland
Clear amber color, small white head. Tropical fruity aroma (kiwi, pineapple) with some pine needles thrown in. Medium-bodied. Flavor is a bit different than the aroma: sticky, bitter hoppyness, piney and some citrus. OK.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1578) - Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22 oz. bottle- Pours cloudy golden with a thin white head, aroma is grapefruit citrus and watermelon, I love that aroma in IPA’s. The taste is very well balanced, very sweet citrus with a nice amount of bitterness. The body is medium, carbonation is medium, finish lingers. I thought it was a good example of the style, but have definitely had better.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
On tap at PIB, pours hazy copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is intensely citrusy hoppy; harsh bitterness / very one-sided. Flavour is very one-sided as well on the hops; pretty sharp with no malt balance. Not so well-made to be honest. The hops are almost stale and very hash (not in a good way, this coming from a IIPA lover). Drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2011
I’m not always a fan of the hoppy beers Full Sail produces, but they did a fair job here - hazy orange pour - soapy lace - malt in the aroma is equal parts sweet and biscuit - the citra hops really pop in the nose, adding a bunch of fresh citrus character - bracingly bitter up front, with the cascade really coming through - sweet crystal malts comes from behind that, but doesn’t hang around to long - dries out pretty well, becoming very Biscuity, which works well with the second punch of hops on the tail end - a lot of citrus and peppery character in the finish - pretty good, especially for the price.


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