TattooJack (58) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle (without the fancy tin foil showed in the picture) into a 1970’s 6oz. Old Style glass. If I was in the pursuit of hoppiness that search ended on my floor where I just about ended up on after the first drink, it was a head shaker. Very thick and tasty, I’m learning to appreciate the flavor of the brewing process but I still don’t taste any of the detailed stuff I read in previous reviews. Maybe I need to start chewing on tree bark or eating dirt so I have something to draw from, I dunno. All I can say is good is good and this is great, and after 4 bottles I’m in pursuit of pizza.
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy yellowish color with a big white head. Sticky malts and some resinous hops. Citrus flavors, grassy...but a but messy and muddled.
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle poured into a tulip. Murky caramel brown, stiff 2-finger khaki head. Timid aromas of woody, weedy hops, also strawberry chapstick and cheesy B.O. Tastes sweetish and earthy, with tart tomato and plastic and hairspray phenols. Lingering tannic bitterness. Strange palate- velcro tackiness tempered by buttery softness... sticky on the lips yet sandpapery dry and astringent on the tongue. Mild aftertaste suggests toffee and Jagermeister. Where the f##k are the hops? Tastes like one of those muddy "organic" beers made only with ingredients they can find in the parking lot dumspter, and that includes yeast. A failure in all respects.
bubbleflubber (1774) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy copper-amber into the glass, with a nice sustaining cap that leaves thick soapy lacing. The nose is of caramel, citrusy-melon fruits, pine, with a hint of grassy floral notes. The flavors are similar, splitting a strawberry-citrus and caramel-malty sweetness with dry biscuit and pine resin. The finish is of citrusy pine needles, biscuit flour and lightly toasted bitters which linger appropriately. With a substantive mouthfeel, the medium-full body integrates with a semi-active, oily palate to provide a smooth quaff to the pull. Balanced integration is one of this brew’s best qualities. Superbly complex Impy Amber/Red!
skmikeg (835) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma I’d of pine, citrus, sweet malts, caramel, and some tofee. Taste is about the same but is hoppier then then aroma. Has a medium body with a semi watery mouthfeel and a semi dry, modestly bitter, medium finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, well balaced strong ale that hides its alchool nicely.
Steve_0 (2537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hops and Pie. Pour is slightly hazy amber with a frothy cream-colored head and great lacing. Sweet hoppy, caramelly, bready, grapefruity, citrusy, doughy, cake batter, vanilla, and earthy hoppy aroma. Taste is stale bread, grassy, lightly fruity, earthy, goopy, and sweet with a light bitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Tastes a bit old.
Blairgus (2561) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
19 July 2013, bottle. Red/orange, clear, some bubbles. Nose is sweet orange pulp and pine hops. Thin/med body and mildly fizzy. Sweet granola malt and pine hops. Nice.
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jimhilt (2389) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber/red color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor is balance of pine hop and caramel - almost an imperial IPA. 750ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.
bytemesis (3005) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks Jim! Pours Chrystal clear deep reddish amber, large tan puffy head that dissipates with great lacing. Aroma is pine resin, citrus, spruce. Flavor is the same plus caramel malt, tastes a little aged. Medium sweet, medium bitter with the bitterness common strong on the finish. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel.
kdm1984 (628) - Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a good balance of malt and hops. Flavor follows suit with a great hop kick balanced by the malts, which are NOT cloying at all. I expected it to be a little bolder with the high ABV and high malt/hop combo, but they restrained the sweetness, kept a breadier malt, and still came through with some strong hoppiness to justify the imperial claim. I continue to be impressed by this classy and underrated brewery.