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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Poured a hazy amber color. Oh and the fill was just barely to the bottom of the neck. The aroma was spicy and earthy but then as it warmed it seemed to go more American hop wise. Diacetyl grew out as the beer warmed as well. Some alcohol notes. The hops didn’t seem to blend. Not a smooth aroma. The flavor was earthy again with buttery notes. Alcohol pepper in the finish. 5/3/6/3/11/2.8

Re-rate. No diacetyl. Grapefruit and orange juice aroma and flavor. Sweet malty finish. While not great better than the first try.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4116) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Vintage 2007. 22oz bottle. Aroma of an aged IIPA. Amazing due to this being a New beer. Deep copper color. Flavor of a musty, aged, IIPA. Big malt character. Lots of malt. Lots of malt character! Munich malts?? I love this beer! Sweet and super citrus hop. Tastes like its a 4 years old Dreadnaught. LOVE IT!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2007
22oz from Sam’s, Durham. Digging this more than many folks are, and I find it a lively, pleasant, if not overly complex DIPA. Orange to copper body with an admirable frothy head, there’s a noticeable aroma of big floral hops. Continues in the flavor, which isn’t so citrusy to my taste but is quite fruity (almost mango? weird) and enjoyable. I get what people are saying with the barleywine comments, and there is a substantial malt backing, but the piquant flavors seem to keep it on style. Nice effort from Highland (hey guys, how about an imperial mocha stout?).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Pours a burnished amber with a medium creamy light tan head. The aroma is sharp hops, pine, citrus, resiny, some alcohol . The flavor is strong hops, alcohol, resiny, citrus, good malt backbone. Dry warm palate and waxy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3928) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2007
From a bottle provided by Oscar the night before Brewgrass. Thanks! Aroma is full of green hops, some malt, but mainly just fresh green hops that smell like they had been picked hours before entering this beer. Flavor is very hoppy too (5 different hops added at 7 different times will do this!) with a piney and citrus like taste. Fairly dry and earthy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
22oz bottle. pours hazy golden-amber with off white head. nose is mostly aged malts (how old is this?). flavor is that of a pretty old IIPA, I’m guessing around a year old. initial flavor is citrusy but there’s an aged rotted vegetable finish with booze. i’d like to re-rate fresh, perhaps this would have been better in a few years also.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
Beers rating #100 Bomber from mgumby10; Thanks; Nose of flowery hops mixed with caramel, fruity, and sugary notes; hazy orange with a medium off-white head; flavor of hop bitterness, lots of sweet fruitiness, light spiciness, and some citrus; finish is reasonably bitter as the rest if the flavors fade out!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bomber pours clear golden with ring of near white head. Smells of alcohol burn and piney hops. Flavor is slightly better than the aroma but it still kinda burns on the way down. Not particularly my cup of tea.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was sticky and off white with decent retention. Some nice lace was left behind at the end. The aroma was malt dominated with molasses, caramel, and plum notes. Thicker mouth feel than I had anticipated. Sweet on the tongue with mild hop bitterness peeking through the syrupy sugars. Malts outweighed the hops in the flavor. Caramel and toffee dominated with more submissive orange, alcohol, and raisin notes. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2007
650 ml. Hazy, darkish copper with a medium head that lasts well with nice glass frosting. Honey, orange peel, resin and granola aroma. Taste is orange frosting, turning to orange chewable kid’s aspirin, then to malty-orange pine resin and ending with a bitter citrus-herb grass. Palate is light-medium bodied and really smooth. Quality brew, but has the most purely orange hop flavor I have ever sampled, and this lends a sweetness that detracts after half a glass.


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