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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to roborb
Pours bright orange, foamy white head. Very sweet nose of caramel, orange, and cookies, some minor pine. Flavor has lots of caramel, some citrus and bitterness, but again, very sweet. Thick body, sticky and not very refreshing. A malt bomb at this stage, and though still decent, there are many better examples.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10795) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle shared at local BA tasting. Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Bottle. Strong floral hops aroma. Slightly hazy orange amber body, off-white head. Flavor is piney and earthy, powerful, with some background citrus. Lots of spicy bitterness. Very different from the usual grapefruit-dominant IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6111) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bomber thanks to tronranrer. Pours a nice clear copper color with a big and thick white head. A very nice nose with loads of hops, sweet and citrus-like. A very nice sweet hop burst, citrus and some caramel malts. A bit of alcohol and a really nice creamy head. Sweet and juicy. I’m glad to have gotten to try this brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 10, 2008
22oz Bottle. A bit of aged hop, bright clementine citrus, and fragrant jasmine flower. Bright, hoppy and grassy. Not too much pine. Pours a slightly clouded amber-orange, with a slick rim in white. Grassy, piney and rich with resins, pitch and juniper. Nice spicy hop character over a decent toasty malt touch. Maybe a little wet with sugar. There is some dusty old lemon as old hops, but nothing cheesy and dead. Overall, this a very respectable high gravity IPA, with a little age on it. Thanks Piper!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks! Pours a nice rich amber color with a medium offwhite head. Smell is aged hops and malt with a hint of spicy hops. Taste is still lightly hoppy, but definitely far from a fresh DIPA. Lightly bitter, with some orange notes, and a caramel like backing. Better than I expected for a year old DIPA, and probably really good fresh. Thanks for the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle from kp. Thanks man! Reddish amber colored brew with an extremely thin head. Citrus fruit aroma. Tons of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine but not a strong burst, but more of a very nice juicy aroma. The flavor is sweet and juicy. Semi sweet caramel malt, citrus hops, pine hops, and a touch of earth. Citrus, piney hops are dry and lingering. Some alcohol comes through in this hoppy, juicy brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle shared at Trappeze. Poured a deep amber orange, with minimal head. Aroma of sweet malt, spiced hop, and some floral hops as well. Taste was sticky sweet, with a nice hop bite. Finish was bitter, though not as bitter as some other IIPAs. Overall, a nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée-orange et semi-voilée. Nez de houblon citrique, résineux et aux notes herbeuses (thé et herbes), malté de caramel, moyen de fruits (abricots, agrumes) et d’alcool ainsi qu’avec des notes de sucre brun et de pain. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture résineuse et aux notes crémeuses. Goût amer de houblon citrique et résineux accompagné d’un goût fruité sucré (abricots, agrumes, notes de pêches) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût malté de caramel toffee sucré aux notes rôties et terreuses avec des notes de pain et de sucre brun. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un moyen goût d’alcool légèrement réchauffant jusqu’en finale accompagné d’une amertume de houblon plus herbeuse (thé et herbes mouillées) et plus asséchante ainsi que des notes poivrées. Post-goût long et aux notes sèches, amer de houblon citrique, résineux et légèrement herbeux, moyen d’alcool et légèrement fruité (zest d’agrumes, pelures d’abricots).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2008
22 oz bomber from Brawley’s in Charlotte. I loved this beer. Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a slightly hazy gold/orange color with a medium off white head. Aroma is citrusy hops as the beer warms. Flavor was well balanced for an IIPA. Sweet malt dominates at first, which gives way to floral and piney hops. Medium/full bodied with excellent carbonation. Great beer. Wish I had purchased more than two.


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