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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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An Imperial IPA with huge hop flavor.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a big pillowy white dense long lasting head that leaves beautiful lace. Aroma of fresh piney hops, citrus hops, and a rich doughy caramel malt backbone. Very nice. The flavor is the same. Beautifully balanced... not all hops. The malt profile is really nice. The hop profile is primarily piney resinous hops. The alcohol is present, but pretty decently hidden. Long dry finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall: another damn solid offering from great lakes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Golden color with a big off white head. Big floral hop aroma jumps out as soon as the bottle is opened. Flavor is of citrus and sweet malts. Finish is long and hoppy. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesusPooped (40) - Bay View, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Like the Commodore, you must drink this beer when it is fresh. I appreciate the effort Great Lakes takes to make their beers 100% natural. And to whoever complained about the sediment, in order to have the taste this beer has it has to have the unfiltered sediment. Maybe sip a Miller Lite if youíre concerned with filtration? Pour is a beautiful golden orange with evident sediment. Nose really expresses the ingredients of the beer. Very fresh, almost as if the hops were still wet, pungent and grassy accented with a light sweet citrus. Great balance. The smell is not overwhelming but it is unique for an Imperial IPA. Taste is thick and hoppy just the way a fresh Imperial should taste. Like there are hops floating around in the tulip. Iím picking up some chinook, cascade, and maybe some centennial. Very complex taste that lingers and changes as the drink warms. Not overly sweet or citrusy. Hides the ABV pretty well. For any hopheads looking for a different but quality IIPA, I would highly suggest this.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baltimorioles (40) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2010
Pours golden with large whir head. Nice aromas and taste, but a bit syrupy and overly sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours cloudy amber with a red tinge. Very nice head fades to foamy thick lacing. The hop aroma is not overwhelming. Itís actually quite mellow, definitely leaning towards the citrus end of the hop scale. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, creamy on the tongue. Slightly sweet, and only moderately bitter, but the hop notes are wonderful. Very bright, that sweetness hits you quickly, but then is mellowed out and stomped on by the hop flavor. The hop bite really lingers on the back of your tongue, too. The contrast between this and the Ruination I had last night is amazing. This is higher alcohol, but yet far more drinkable and enjoyable than the Ruination, at least in my opinion. That underlying sweetness really helps to smooth out the hops without masking them. Great beer. Wish it wasnít a limited, itís totally worth putting into the rotation between Two Hearted and 90 Minute.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Changed (360) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
12oz bottle. Bought this at my coffee shop that also sells some beer. Cost $1.40 Pours amber, hazy, small white head with some lasting lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty with some citrus, but not like a West Coast hop. Flavor is not as hoppy as I expected. Quite sweet, bitter, hops on the finish. Carbonation is moderate, and bubbles rise from the glass throughout. Alcohol is pretty well concealed, but this thing seemed to hit me immediately, despite the fact that Iíd eaten only an hour ago. Overall, this beer isnít what I expected, but Iím glad Iíve stumbled upon it. for $1.40, Iíll drink this whenever I can.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (909) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 Another re-rate on this damn Monster! Deleted last ratings for brevity. Very nice DIPA with huge malty undercurrent. Superbly balanced! This time around they solved turbidity problem. I have to admit this is excellent, but no Alchemy Hour!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1900) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2010
12oaz bottle from BOTW. Pours a bright melon orange with a thin head of white frothy cream. Aroma is maltier than I would have thought - perhaps this isnít the hop bomb I was anticipating. There is definitely hop presence in the aroma but there is also a spicy maltiness that is interesting. The malt takes center stage as it rolls over my tongue, with the hops picking up at the back and in the finish. The hops are bitter, not piney or citrusy. This is definitely an eastern-midwest version of IIPA and not the typical west-coast variety.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle. Dark amber, lightly hazy pour with a sizable and lasting shaving cream head. Beautiful hop aroma of wet hay and peaches. Hop forward with earthy and citrus flavors followed by sweet caramel malt and finishing with a dry bitter finish. Slight lingering EtOH burn. Medium mouthfeel, slightly syrupy. A very nice, and very Midwestern DIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1075) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 30, 2010
On the dark side for an IIPA. Too much for caramel malts. Bready and munichy much like my own C-hop IIPA-same faults unfortunately-the sweetness (although not that significant) clashed rather than balanced against the significant hop bitterness. Hops are somewhat grassy, somewhat floral/spicy, somewhat citrus-again like my C-hop IIPA.


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