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RATINGS: 176   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9628) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Bottled. Orange/golden coloured. Unclear. Dense light beige head. Aroma. Herbs, flowers, caramel, light sweetness, light spice. Flavour. herbs, flowers, sweetness, light fruits, spice. Medium bodied. Ends herbal bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8529) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
22oz bottle acquired in trade with DragonStout (thanks!). Poured a deeper and muddy amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, pine, tropical fruits, and spicey. Tastes of pine, spices, caramel, and citrus.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
Shared by goldtwins, mucho gusto. Pale amber. Aroma is very floral and fragrant with an earthy/dusty note as well. Noble/spicy hops, fruity, leathery and alcoholic. Really a strange combination of characteristics. Flavour is quite floral. Balance seems to be all out of whack. Strong peppery alcoholic flavour. I’m in the minority, but this didn’t really do it for me.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
With great appreciation to Mike from Cole’s for sharing his bomber. Soapy head. Yeast and complex meld of five hops, including dry hops. Really stands out as interesting taste, this is not a hop bombing. Thanks Swoop Jones and to your sis for bringing back.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes/Fairfax, VA. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, tropical and floral hops with caramel malts. The taste is caramel malts, resin, citrus and candied citrus hop notes. Medium bodied, well balanced. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
My Bottom Line:
The boastful perfume of sweet flowers burgeons within the biscuity cereal sweetness of this balanced and powerful Double IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cardinal-hued amber.
-The hoppiness is quite complex, twisting into spicy and leafy profiles before settling back into its floral perfume.
-Malts build a chewy body which aptly sustains the intense flavor display.
-The finish could be drier to increase drinkability.
-Caramel leeks from the residual sugars.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7481) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2008
2008-08-16. Hazy orange body with a modest creamy beige head. (3+) Aroma is a touch muted at first but some nice citrusy hops comes otf after a bit. Touches of tea like herbal notes. (7+) Sweetish malt core in the flavour with touches of caramel, light resin and herbal hops, light bitterness. (7+) Smooth medium bodied palate. (3+) Bottle, Coles IPA Festival, Buffalo

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Pours a transparent copper orange with a wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel candy with some cantaloupe, kinda strange for a double IPA. Starts fairly rich and full with molten caramelized sugar sweetness and mild grapefruity hop flavor toward a slightly warming bittersweet finish. Needs a more crisp hop profile and a less sugary, but more complex malt palate.


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