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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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An aggressively hopped and higher gravity version of our Kashmir IPA. Five different hop varieties added at seven different times in the brew kettle, hopback, whirlpool and fermenter add to its complexity. This Imperial IPA also differs from our traditional Kashmir IPA with the addition of over fifty pounds of dry hops, adding a spicy nose. Over two hundred pounds of hops were used in this limited fifty barrel batch. The robust, malty and complex hop flavors and aromas are best enjoyed with an extremely stiff upper lip.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayg1 (545) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a deep orange-reddish with a nearly rediculously huge head. Pine and citrus dominate the aroma, and leaves you fairly satisfied and wanting to take a sip so badly. Taking a sip reveals a rich brew full of malts that taste of caramel and toffee but are quickly bitch smacked away by a huge hop profile. This brew is heavy on cascade I can tell but I can’t pick out the other four. Oh well no matter, this is a very nice brew sweet at first and then the bittering pucker factor with the hops. I like this alot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Thanks to Suttree for this one. Deep orange/amber with a huge off-white head. Piney citrusy hop aroma with a sticky malt base below. Toasty bready graham cracker flavor with some bitterness in the finish. The malts remain dominant however.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Nice hop aroma. Good looking beer in the glass. Thick white head. Good thick mouthfeel. A little too sweet for my taste. Still has a nice hop bite to it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2007
a tough beer to rate at the IIPA Capitol of the world, O’Briens. Smells malt with the flavor of rich passion fruits and raisens.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Caramel color, light head and light lacing. Nose of bright earthy citrus and pine, some citrus. The flavor is woody, light tobacco and bright acidity, lacking a malt backbone to backup the bitterness but isn’t under sweet per se. Bamboo? Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2594) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Pours a nice copper color with a small beige head. Aroma of malts and fruitiness, moderate on the hops. Flavor is more malty sweet and floral hops. A good offering in the I2PA arena.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2331) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle poures a hazy medium amber. Snall of white head. Malty sweet BW like aroma. Hops are soft and faded. Thick bodied and a bit syrupy. Boce malts and brown sugar flavors with nearly enough IBUs. Slight cardboardy woody trailer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but it actually suprised me. Not a huge hop nose, but a very nice hop flavor profile. Very easy to drink. Best Highland brew to date.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Bomber pours a murky copper amber body with a lasting almond head that sheds some sheet lacing on the glass. Robust aroma is awash in hops. Spicy, leafy, herbal, pine and citrus notes dominate the hints of caramel maltiness. Full medium body is well carbonated. A ton of hops in this one. Earthy and leafy bitterness is complimented by notes of tobacco, leather, citrus, and pine. Black pepper and warming alcohol add complexity. Solid malt backbone infuses some caramel and keeps the hops from totally bullying the playground. Very well done. One of Highland’s best efforts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
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Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit, caramel, and citrus hops. It poufs a hazy amber, almost orange, with a small white head. The flavor starts with a big dose of caramel and faint toffee. The finish has a muted/aged citrus hoppiness. This tastes more like an aged Barley Wine.


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