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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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As the name implies, every aspect of this American style IPA is amplified - from the upfront hop aroma and bitterness to the big malt body. This year we pumped up the American citrus-fruity hop character with Warrior, Summit, and Brewer’s Gold hops. Pale, crystal and Munich malts add the punch of malt and mouth feel to balance the hops. The golden-orange hue glows like the late winter Available in 22oz. bottles and draught. ABV 7.8% IBU 80


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Lightly hazy and orangey-golden with a bubbly head. Rather thick-bodied, but not too thick -- nice. Somewhat fruity (apricot, peach, orange), with alcohol sensations. Hops are rather flowery and aromatic; somewhat herbal. Not overly bitter by any means. Malts are nice (doughy, sweet and chalky), but somewhat subdued behind the alcohol and flowers. Definitely has some "NW" flavors. Only qualm: not quite hoppy enough in some ways (maybe that's just cuz so many other IPAx2 are so over-the-top!). Otherwise, another enjoyable beer from Full Sail, baby!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6307) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot, flowers), moderately malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent. Yet another basic hopfest from the northwest. Quite a teeter-totter from when it first hits your tongue until the finish...goes from too sweet to too bitter very quickly, and unsettling effect. Nothing much of interest here, perhaps a little maltier in the nose than some. Has that raw bread dough yeast smell, common to lots of American beers, not something I enjoy. Rather flimsy body for its size/style. Drinkable, but not recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2004
bubble gum/citrus hop aroma, apple cider appearance, super dry bitterness, weak body, grassy and grainy

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
I had it at The Falling Rock in Denver right after Chris tapped it. Amber hazy appearance with a big white head. Aroma is malty and fruity, but not really hoppy. Same with the flavor. There are enough hops to balance but not enough for an I2PA. Apparently all English hops were used in this beer so it does not have the huge Northwest hop character we have become accustomed to in an I2PA. Good beer though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2004
"Imperial IPA?" I think knot. Strong Ale, maybe, but not nearly hoppy enough for an IIPA. It's quite good, though, but I gots'ta rate to style. Pours a nice amber with some chill-haze that disapates as it warms. Nice lacing. Aroma is floral and sweet. Flavor is damn good, but not to style. It reminds me of a cross between an IPA, a Barley Wine, and a Strong Ale. Definate hop presence, but again, not quite an IIPA. Mouthfeel is crisp and full. Overall this is quite good and worth seeking out. It almost defies catagorization.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3711) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Not knowing its category, I placed this as a dry barleywine or strong APA. Amber color, glowing bitterness in the taste, with caramel and nutty notes. Acidic. Long, long finish. (on tap, Full Sail Pilsner Room, Portland)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2004
First off: DEFINITELY not an I2PA. Way too sweet and fruity, the hops don't dominate nearly enough. Smells strongly of pineapple, and the taste is ALL bananas at first, with some hops in the finish along with some alchohol. Great beer, extremely unique. The bananas dominate a little too much, but it's just so interesting I had to like it.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (1938) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2004
New seasonal from my fav brewery..2003 reserve.Comes in the 22 oz brown bottle ,label is red and yellow. Nice enough ale to look at dark amber with a good sized pure white frothy head. Beautiful spicy fresh hop aroma., Taste however is a wee bit subdued..but certainlly the hops rule this beer..i detect the 7.8 % alcohol..and theres a curious soapy taste at the back of the throat. all in all though this is pleasant on the palate... Its a drinkable ale for sure..but I have had much better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Tap at harborside tap room - reserve '03 ... plennny okay, wishing that it were much more. I did like it .. maybe the full table of cigar smokers and cigarrette in adjacent booth weren't helping. Decent enough or better than I suggest.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Another big beer that is labeled as an IPA but is really a strong ale. Full bodied and fruity, although I couldn' t put my finger on which fruit. Fair hop presence. I'm pretty sure you can only get this off cask.


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