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RATINGS: 299   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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Pours a dark amber/orange color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with some sweetness and notes of spice, strong petro-chemicals, ripe apricots, some hints of caramel and honey. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of overripe apricots, floral hops, some faint sweetness and spice. Generally light to medium body with a floral hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2009
courtesy of fishingnet. Pours copper, thin white head. Aroma fresh hops. Taste, hoppy, with a tingly spicy-bitter mouthfeel. Drinkable, not something that stands out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2206) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2009
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Bottle. Moderate roasted note for the malt, moderate to heavy orange peel for the hops, light broth for the yeast and background notes of peach and pepper. Head is thin, wispy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately acidic and finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, watery, has a lively carbonation and finishes lightly dry. Could’ve used a little sweetness to balance the hops, but mostly a well crafted DIPA.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 19, 2009
22 oz bottle Aroma was mildly hoppy. Poured a clear light copper color with a robust white head. This tasted a lot like a garden variety IPA. It was drinkable and would do in an pinch.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
earthy, perfume aroma--notes of sugar, alcohol, caramel; bittersweet and salty taste--grainy and citrus notes; somewhat smooth palate; overall grainy, but both citrusy and buttery--it’s okay.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle from BevMo in Vacaville, CA. I was very impressed with this beer. The palate was wonderful and the hops were well balanced with a malty backbone. Good brew!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (1639) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2009
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Pale hazy caramel color with lasting head and lotsa lace. Piney toffee aroma. Starts bitter and finishes malty. Is that backward? Bitter hoppy and a little fizzy up front with long toasted toffee malty lingering mouth-coating finish. Medium body. Not what I expected. Seems more English than "American-style." First of all, this is not "Imperial." It is only 7.8%. The commercial description says nothing about "imperial." Anyhow, an interesting balanced IPA. Just not to my tastes, and, I think, not to most IPA-lovers tastes. But, that’s why there are so many different beers. Still, definitely not a bad beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle pours orange amber with a one inch head that diminishes fairly quickly. The aroma is like pine and lemon soap. The flavor is what I would imagine pine and lemon soap to taste like. The palate is lost under the bitterness. Not my favorite.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at Full Sail in Hood River. Color was a clear, dark gold. Aroma of citrus and caramel malt, with very little balance; but it was still nice. Flavor was characteristic of a NW IIPA, albeit it was not top notch. Flavor was very earthy, grassy, and citrusy.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2009
smells like socks and urine. tastes okay, like a typical hoppy IPA, but then the sour bitter aftertaste hits you and leaves you wishing you had a Maharaja instead.


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