DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
13-Jan-11 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 12-Jan-11 for $5.99 from BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) Up til now, every BevMo exclusive that’s been a hoppy style has been rather, well, pedestrian in its hop profile: not much hop flavor and fairly tame bitterness. Ale of the IMP is decidedly not that; this beer is heavily balanced toward the piney, grapefruit-rind hops and is damn bitter and resiny. Drinking this beer is like chewing on weeds. When first poured cold, the malt is far in the background, but shows more balance as it warms up, at least until the beer is swallowed, and then the resiny bitterness finishes with a sledgehammer to the taste buds. The malt is cerealy and lightly toasty with minimal sweetness, so in conjunction with the extreme, resiny hops, this beer is dry, dry, dry on the palate, with a bit of the tannic astringency of tea. Carbonation and weight are both medium. The aromatic nose is all about the hops: piney, grassy, grapefruit rind, and a hint of sweet orange, but also grainy and cerealy malts in the background. The hazy, golden amber beer pours a full inch of creamy, off-white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer and wide ring, which in turn deposits a beautiful ringed pattern of lace on the glass. Overall, this is a gorgeous beer that smells terrific (if you like the smell of hops) and even tastes great, but the aftertaste is simply too bitter for my tastes. But there’s no denying that this is a quality product. Hopheads will likely love this beer if they have an open mind and forget that this is sold exclusively (as of this writing) at a retail company known for exclusive beers that are mediocre at best.
Farfrompüken (4) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011 does not count
1.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
bottle from bevmo, popped the top.... aroma was well balanced between malt and hops but then I noticed a plastic smell....and it was downhill from there. Nice lacing head sitting atop slightly cloudy golden body. Taste like the inside of an airplane...no joke. Amoung the bitter citrusy taste of hops and slight malty character, I was greeted with the taste of old plastic and cloth interior, aka cabin of airplane. There was a hint of orange and grapefruit but I couldnt get my mind past the taste of recycled air. My opinion... worst imperial ipa I have tried and I love DIPAS.
MBFCompany (5) - , California, USA - DEC 29, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This a a hop bomb - flat out. But strangely enough, it’s balanced with the sweetness of the Malt. I really enjoyed this beer. The hop flavor is an intense as I’ve ever tasted in a beer. It’s a concentrated Hop flavor that lingers far after you take a drink. Even the bottle retains that concentrated Hop smell long after the beer is gone. Should be called the King Hops- not the Imp Jester.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly hazed orangish bronze...soapy head. Nice juicy fruity nose...mandarine orange, that’s bout it. Bitter, mandarine orange...fuckin bitter and dry, fuck. Dry bitter mandarine orange...is that a good thing?
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent golden orange with a bubbly off white head. Aroma of resiny hops, caramel, grapefruit and loads of hops. Flavor was very resiny, grapefruit, herbal, some malt there, maybe some caramel notes. Kind of dry and pushing a little thin.
AmEricanbrew (5834) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glowing amber color/ ivory head. Big ass freshly picked ganja bud, spicy hop aromas-great smell. smooth mouthfeel. Very good bittersweet flavors of pine sap, grapefriut, on a solid caramel malty baee. long bitter finish.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours cloudy copper with a nice beige head and a pine aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with grapefruit and puckering hop bitterness.
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle shared thanks to Josh! Poured a deep golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, and piney. Hops and hops. Tastes of floral, citrus, pine, grapefruity, and just a ton of hops. High bitter finish. Did not disappoint a hophead like me!
Taverner (1096) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 Nose is fresh scotch tape (which is a good thing.) Very nice, dry nose. Pours clear copper with some white fluffy head. Very bitter, and very bitter and floral. Not bad, but I get a feeling Hermitage is a One Trick Pony with their IPAs.
JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden amber pour, small off-white head. Tons of hops, bitter, pine, grapefruit, and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Not balanced at all; the bitterness is extreme and harsh, and I drink a lot of IPA’s. Enjoyable, but mostly for the fact that it kicks you in the mouth, but overall I don’t think it was that great of a brew.