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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Thanks to limesmut for the bottle. Hazy orange with a medium head. Aroma of earthy caramel malt and tropical fruit hops. Flavor was earthy with pine and tropical fruits that was very balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. Some spice in there also.
Nicely spicy and bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit too ’balanced’ for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Word to Andrew for bringing this one over. Subtle hop aromas of grapefruit and bubblegum. Thick copper color looks good. Full bodied with a slight metallic hoppy flavor. Pine dominates the taste and the finish is syrupy.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
The aroma was piney and resinous like fresh hop cones. Caramel lurked somewhere behind, but it would have been difficult to prove if testifying in court. The aroma was grassy, citrus, piney and spicy. Every hop aromatic under the sun. The beer poured with a slight haze into the glass and had a low off-white head which lingered at the surface of the amber beer long enough to last the glass. The flavor was nicely bittered and balanced with strong caramel and malty characteristics to offset a stong and powerful hop bittering and flavor. The hop flavor was not nearly as agressive as the aroma promised. The flavor was piney, citrusy, grassy and a bit spicy. The flavor had quite a bit of fresh hop character. The finish was dry with lasting impressions of caramel and bittering hand in hand into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full and despite a somewhat low level of carbonation the beer was nice and creamy on the palate. An interesting and complex Imperial IPA. Cheers to the boyz at Highland. 22 ounce bottle. $9.99 at Sam’s in Durham.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Dark amber in color. Hoppy aroma with citrus notes. A little watery for an imp IPA. An ok beer not great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle... Murky amber ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. Great, small, tight retention. The nose offers notes of ethanol, earthy hops and fuzzy fruit. The flavor is all caramel malt, alcohol and violently bitter hops. Full-bodied and astringent with fizzy carbonation. Dry, bitter finish. Cheers to mgumby10 for sharing the bottle!

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Excited when purchased @ $10. Pours an amber with a medium head. Sharp floral smell. Something went wrong. It could be the hops or sweetness, but this brew doesn’t blend very well. The finish is sour compared to a sweet bitter. Nothing smooth about this beverage.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
A decent IPA but is it a double? Had most of the standard flavors , I did not find the alcohol oppressing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Thanks to Ross for this one. Pours turbid deep coppery with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of bready caramel malt, tropical fruit, hops, peppery and mango notes. Tastes piney hoppy, with pineapple, tangerine, black and Bell pepper, and bready malt plus some floral finishing notes. Gets a tad hot as it warms, and stays extremely hoppy throughout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Bonus bomber from the generous NachlamSie. Thanks! Nice bottle cap of a Scottish dude with bagpipes...keeper. Pours with a small head of small bubbles that fades to an awesome microbubble veil on the surface. Amber color becomes cloudy only after I pour the yeast goodies in from the bottom of the bottle. Nice hoppy aroma. Sweet and delicious with the alchohol well hidden. Hop bitterness is mild and hop aroma is above average. The hops used are really wonderful. Not so much west coast grapefruit hops, but a little different fruit. What’s with all of these sad 3.5 faces? I thought it was very good! 4.1!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Clear orange/amber color with a rather large white head. Lace sticks to the glass the whole way down. Pineapple and tangerine in the aroma with some faint pine. Tangerine and peach in the flavor is rather nice but there is a rather boozy finish that I’m not very fond of. The heat at the end of this brings the score down a notch or two but I could see this one settling down a tad in a month or two.


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