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Hale’s Aftermath Imperial IPA

 
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Formerly brewed at Hale’s Ales
Style: Imperial IPA
Seattle, Washington USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong, smooth, and full of hop flavor.
2012 vintage - 8.4% abv
2013 vintage - 9.5% abv


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2009
slightly resinous bitter linger in the mouth. Aroma is highly citrusy hops. Slightly cloudylight orange color.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Seriously, who designs these bottles? Pours a murky bronze with a mid-sized head. Nose has a big burst of hops - grapefruit, lemon and resiny pine, balanced with some sweet honey malts. This is nice - big, big mouthfeel... bigger than anything I’ve ever had from Hale’s -maybe even a bit too sticky. Velvety smooth, though, with a bitingly acerbic finish. Really nice effort - this is good stuff from a brewery just down the street. Keep it up, Mike & co.!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s. Pours hazy orange amber with a nice off-white head. Huge aroma of floral and citrus hops, tropical fruit, cotton candy. Tastes pretty much the same. Full-bodied and smooth with a nice hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
pours a semi-cloudy amber with a medium size off-white head, and good lacing. smell of light grapefruit, some caramel, earth, a touch of citrus, and a touch of pine. taste is thick, grapefruit hops, citrus, a touch of sweet malt, some caramel, and some pine, ends bitter, and dry.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Coryphaeus (2) - USA - MAY 27, 2009 does not count
Tried it at the Concordia Ale House in Portland, Oregon as part of its "Washington Cup 2009" blind taste test. After tasting 10 different beers, it was the one that I voted as best of the bunch and the one that upon first tasting made for a "happy mouth". It was on draught and I didn’t notice the haziness reported by others. It had a very hoppy, flowery aroma, a high in hops taste, but a sweetness to accompany the bitterness of the hops, and had a flowery finish and aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5665) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Moderate hops in the aroma. Some sweetness in the aroma, with citrus. Sweet malt flavor, balanced by moderate hops. Cloudy brown color. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Pours a copper borwn color with a small white head. The aroma shows some citrus and piney hops, but are overpoweered by the caramel malt sweetness. The flavor follows suit with some orange and grapefruit citrus coming through to go with the chewy caramel malt sweetness that seems to overpower. Medium bodied and a touch cloying with not much bitterness on the back end. Decent, but not what I am looking for in a double ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Courtesy of Skyview. Cloudy copper color with a thin head. Orange aroma and caramel malt. Fairly strong, bitter pine hop taste. Not much malt balancing out the hops, but the bitterness is not actually that overpowering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8099) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours hazy copper – brown with thin off white head. The moderate aroma brings up malts and mild pine hops and citrus hops. The taste has a nice load of sweet late addition citrus hops with notes coming from grapefruit, orange juice and tangelo. Those hop notes are followed up by some pine hop bitterness and a bit of chewy sweet maltiness. Is this a session IIPA? Very drinkable with solid hops but they’re just not all that bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5543) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Received 22-oz bomber via trade with 5000. Pours a semi-hazy caramel amber brew with a creamy off-white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, iced tea, light caramel, yeast and a touch of white pine. Taste is full bodied, light carbonated with flavors of grapefruit, multi-grain amber and caramel malts, some iced tea and a touch of toffee. Finish is semi-dry and a long lingering bitterness to make this a decent west coast caliper 2X IPA.


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