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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 114   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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This beer was developed as a collaboration with Mark Richman, the lucky winner of the Taste of the Nation "brewer for a day" silent auction item. This is one monster of an imperial IPA, brewed with a bit of honey and beet sugar.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Pours a deep amber with a big, white head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves great lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, molasses, butterscotch, and caramel. Really big sweetness is first present, but those 114 IBUs hit you hard at the end, leaving behind a bold citrus hop finish. This is a big, bold beer, not for the weak.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (280) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Poured from the four pack of bottles, looks brown with some red in the back round, foamy white collar. There are a lot of hops in here but the sweetness is unsettling, I was expecting an imperial IPA not another style. I would guess the suggestion is that Benjamin was schizophrenic, where he lives his life as an IPA but has many characteristics of a barley wine. Life can be complicated like that.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1215) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
12oz bottle pours a thick brown color with a bit of head. Total malt bomb. Smooth and nice hop balance. Alcohol well hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Lightly hazed umber color with a smooth, creamy looking taupe colored head. Good retention. Heavy caramels and malts mingle with earthy hops. Scents of light herbs and spices. Smells a bit more like a hoppy barley wine, but I won’t complain. Sweet start with light fruit, and citrus. Pine and apricot mingle. Finish is fairly short and linger is hot and bitter. Much more an American strong or barley wine. But I still enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2015
12oz bottle, shared by dwm1034. Thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, floral, grassy. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, very sweet, honey, some bread, nutty, light pine hops, light citrus, orange, pineapple, with a light, bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle the better half brought back from Michigan. True love. Copper color with thin white head. Nose is sharp hops with intial taste much smoother than expected. A hint of the high booze content. Very tasty.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan30533 (903) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Great double ipa. Almost like a fresh hopslams style brew. Very enjoyable with the honey balance.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (404) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Orange mahogany with an ample tan head. Unsurprising strong floral, honey notes, tangerine. Fairly bitter, though quickly overwhelmed by cloying sweetness. Transitions to a more typical biscuity malt finish, though the initial sweetness still persists throughout. Very oily, medium body. Quite upfront alcohol. Not much carbonation. Not particularly well balanced, though not without some interesting flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (135) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
A full light tan head on a dense copper/orange body. Nose features citrus hops, alcohol and malt. This is a nice mix of hops and biscuity malt. The hops morph through a wide range of tastes, including citrus, citrus rind, floral, and a heavier earthier hops finish. The honey and sweet malts balance off the hops well. The medium to thick body and 10.1% abv make this DIPA a real east-coast style meal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2015
12 oz bottle. Appearance is amber color with medium, off-white head. Aroma is heavy on the fruity hops with lots of citrus, orange, and floral. Taste is sweet for a DIPA particularly on the front end--notes of sweet orange, sugar, and grapefruit. Bitterness becomes more prevalent as the taste evolvles. Although it is tempered by the honey, the alcohol is still very noticeable giving it an astringent quality. Palate is medium-bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglebones (71) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle. Deep copper orange with a huge offwhite head and lots of lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, and a hint of honey. Medium body and carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel. Sweeter than some DIPAs but I think that along with the alcohol warmth nicely balance out the hops. Nice beer overall.


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