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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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 Brewerís 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 5, 2008
A fine beer but nothing special. A little sweeter than i like from my IIPAís but there are definate hops here. Its fine and drinkable i am just not in love

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle. Poured a burnt straw color, almost reddish coppery, with a healthy two-finger head. Hoppy citrus nose, similar to grapefruit. Sweeter than I would like, with incredible "springy and light" flavor. Spry, maybe? Regardless, I donít think this is a true Imperial IPA, but its really good. Recommended, and available for trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
Has a great aroma, pineapple, citrus and pine needles. Good copper color to it. Nice double IPA flavor, but not quite as bold as I like.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Wow, this was a full bodied brew that doesnít lead you to belive itís a strong IPA. Huge malts are balanced with grapefruity/oily hops. Very little aroma, but good paate and bitter but clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lupulicious (30) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2011
22. NOTE: the bottle I am rating is a cellared 2009 vintage of this beer, so adjust for aging accordingly! Flavor has concentrated considerably with age. I drank another bottle of this when it was fresh, and I recall it being super in-your-face resiny & bitter, almost undrinkably so. Iím a hops fiend and I could barely finish it. Woody dry finish, thick caramelly, almost bourbony malt profile. Tastes more like a 9% barleywine than a IIPA. Definitely worth cellaring vs drinking fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DickDunnigan (26) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2008
22oz bomber. Hops everywhere. Citrus blast. Chewy grapefruit flavors, with dry, long, bitter aftertaste. Powerful beer, but that is the style. Maybe just too much hop bitterness, and not complex enough for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dillinja (24) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Sturdy malts and a forceful grapefruit bitterness hold this beer up pretty well. I respect the character, but for the money you could get a bomber of something with wider and more expansive flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ownch411 (21) - USA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours a light orange/gold in color. Thin and short head. Light hops/biscuit in aroma. Bland on the palate but a good finish with lots of flavor. Another IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scoutman (14) - USA - JAN 30, 2008
2008 version. I bought a few bottles and will cellar all but this one. Tonís of grapefruit and citrus. Spicy finish. Could have used a little more malt backbone IMO, but it will mellow nicely with age. A great buy on a great beer at under 3 buck a bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chumba526 (6) - Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2009 does not count
It poured a bit lighter than most Imperial IPAs. The smell wasnít memorable or unique by any sorts: just smelt like hops; nothing wrong with that though! It tasted similar to how it smelt: it had a significant hop taste; the hops tasted bitter but didnít really have a grassy or herbal taste to them but it did have a earthy citrus taste. There was very little presence of malts making the beer very light and smooth: it is easy to drink. It is a good summer imperial IPA. It also is different than most imperial IPAs, which is a plus

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