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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5738) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5731) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Courtesy of Puddintane

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5578) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Brownish red, nice foamy head. Very piney, hoppy aroma, as expected, but also a definate caramel sweet edge, too. Very full bodied. Noticeably sweet at first, the a balanced out with a smooth pine and resin finish. Good stuff, certainly worth waiting an hour and a half in line for!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Deep copper pour with just a slight haze and lite white head. Aroma citrusy but not really a knockout hop aroma. Rich sweet front end that flows to a good solid bitter. It almost reminds of of oranges in a flavor that changes a number of times throughout the drink. Mouthfeel is solid and full. Carbonation is very good as well. A beer I like alot. I wish it were more readily available.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5390) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2008
22 oz bottle, 2007 Vintage, via BA kkipple. Pours a hazy dark orange body with a fizzy and foamy beige head that left some moderate lacing. Light visible carbonation. The nose is pretty well balanced, piney hops with lots of sweet caramel maltiness. Light hints of alcohol. The flavor seems like maybe this has gotten a little long in the tooth. The hops are sufficiently bitter but there’s no brightness at all. The malt is slightly sweet with lots of toffee, but also some oxidation creeping in. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and just a bit of stickiness. Overall, this was just a little too dulled to be good. Sometimes an aged IIPA can be beautifu. but not this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing - hazy reddish copper beer - spicy aroma, with notes of butterscotch and caramel - odd hop spiciness that doesn’t integrate well - a bit sweet, with apparent diacetyl - the alcohol comes out a lot as it warms - not that good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Tasted on 10/29/2010. OK I found this bottle sitting in the back of the beer closet, its 3 years old, I know that and the rating does take that into account. This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a medium copper gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, biscuit, sweet and caramel. A medium bodied former Imperial IPA now a barley wine. The malts are very biscuity, caramel and malty. The hops are herbal and floral. Although this beer is probably a faint echo of what it was fresh, it has become a very nice barleywine. There is perhaps a touch of oxidation, but that is not always a bad thing in a barleywine. Nice balance. It was an interesting unintentional aging experiment. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle thanks to Mgumby in a recent trade. Pours a chill hazy orangey ligh amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is oragnley hops and some citrus notes, also some grass and becomes almost soapy. flavor is a clash betweenen some crackery base malts and some astringent and dull faded hops with some pine needle, ash, and orange scented soap. Astringent and almsot slick bitterness which doesnt linger very long. This is just average at best I think for a DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4610) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of malt and floral hop aroma. Sweet caramel notes moderate the grassy hop flavors.

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