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RATINGS: 646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Traditionally, there are a lot of rules when it comes to brewing great beer. The fact that American craft brewers have broken those rules to produce some of the world’s finest beers is downright heroic. At Goose Island we live and die by hops, so breaking the rules meant pushing the hop limit to the extreme to create this monster Imperial IPA. We took three of our favorite hops, TETTNANG, SIMCOE, and CASCADE, and balanced their spiciness with tons of malt. Them we went back and dumped in MORE HOPS and more malt until this beer was exploding with flavor...strong enough to wake the dead and filled with more bitterness than a woman scorned. This Imperial IPA is absolutely gigantic, you’ll smell the hops from about a yard away. What will surprise you is how incredibly drinkable it is. Pair it up with the saltiest blue cheese you can find, and go nuts.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (815) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4 oz sample at Waldo Pizza. Pours a clear copper color. Aroma of tangerine, citrus, pine. Flavor is citrus, mango, cherry, sweetart. Extremely Hop forward, but lacks that harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
rob27 (1) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2014 does not count
Fresh clean taste while drinking but leaves strong bitter after taste that lingers for hours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1175) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours an amber color with a full bouquet of flowers emitting from it. Taste is crisp but distinctly bitter. The full hops taste overpowers this beer, leaving it all on the palate after the swallow. A mild clove and lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. A good Imperial IPA, just not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (932) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Draft at JD Reardons - pours a medium orange . Big citrus and mild earthy aromas . Taste is thick citrus . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gtb1973 (22) - - FEB 19, 2014
A double IPA for a fortnight and a day #12... Light amber color with mild head and not very carbonated. Of course very hoppy aroma with citrus notes. Very smooth. Initial bitterness gives way to great flavor that quickly diminishes. A bit spicy also. Not too heavy on flavor and it sits a little lower on the palate than I like

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alkolas510 (815) - Vänersborg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2013
Bärnstensfärgad med mellanstort ljust skum! Massor med humle lite malt i doft och smak! Ganska besk! Mycket bra öl!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6358) - Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; a semi-transparent deep orange with thin foamy off-white head that dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells solid; hoppy with a fairly big pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Syzzer (605) - Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2013
7-27-13 via Kevin by tap in New York pub. This is a good beer. Likely reminiscent of Mirror Pond IPA but not as good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
On tap at Bricks. Pours orange with a tight khaki head that fades to a wispy film and collar. Aroma has resinous pine some herbal nots and malt. Taste is bitter earthy pine hops caramel malt and a very calm warming finish. Palate is medium slightly gritty and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WooPigBrewey (46) - North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Big bitter bite yet somehow very easy-drinking. Really well-balanced between the malt and hops. Almost comes out with a smokey flavor more than a hoppy one. Love this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2013
After all these years I finally find this on tap and in South Dakota of all places, and what do you know it appears to be fresh. Pours clear dark orange with a white head and nice lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, and resiny hops. Flavors of grapefruit, loads of pine but in a good way, little bit of orange and pineapple, firm hop punch of bitterness, and nice little malt backbone to keep her honest. Loads of tongue buckling bitterness in the finish. This is a great DIPA. I thought this was going to be an old school malt bomb, but I am impressed. I remember this being in sixers, or maybe it was 4 packs, for $18 back when I first started getting into craft beer and thinking who would spend that much on beer. To think I found it for $6 a pint is a bargain by today’s standards. To look back and think what I thought was unreasonable then in regards to prices is unbelievable. Getting a little waxing poetic now.

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