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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2723) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bomber. I had this a couple of days after its release and was rather underwhelmed. For some reason I was under the impression IIPAís had a significantly strong hop profile. I waited a couple weeks to open another bottle and now am retrying it. The pour is red with a pretty nice tan head. More hops are noted in the aroma than I recall with distinct pine and grapefruit but itís not very intense. A heavy caramel, berry sweetness is also noted. The mouthfeel is rather dense with heavy amounts of malt and the 10.2% is masked impeccably. The hops are definitely second fiddle in the taste. The flavor profile is mostly comprised of sweet caramel, dough, and a barleywine-like toffee flavor with a far off peatiness in the finish. Small suggestions of berries are noted. The hops just canít compete with the intensity of the malt on this one, they only dry out the finish a bit. The first time I cracked open a bottle, I was very disappointed because the label touts extreme hoppiness. This second time with a different mindset, I enjoyed it a bit more. The main problem is that the sweetness was probably intended only to balance the hop flavors, but somehow became the most evident flavor. This brew lacks some of the complexity of their intentionally maltier brews like Imperial Gaelic or Tasgall. [Bomber split with Muenster on Oct. 20] Okay, so here we are again. I still donít get any assertive hop qualities and the malts definitely dominate. I noted a heavier cotton candy or candy vanilla presence this time around.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 pours a hazy copper color with giant beige head. lots of lacing. Nice citrus aroma. sweet mouthfeel piney hop finish. excellent beer worth driving from the triangle for.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
22oz bottle, no date from Colin (General_Gao), thanks! Hazy orange with a brownish tinge and a small, creamy light beige head. Aroma is resiny pine sap and some grapefruit/citrusy hops and spicy alcohol up front, with lots of sugary sweet toffee in the background--I donít think this is the freshest specimen (my fault for taking so long to drink), but am having no complaints thus far. The hops are a little more grassy in the flavor and less citrusy, and the hops luckily keep the malts from being cloyingly sweet, which somehow I was almost afraid of. BItterness peaks at a 6-7 and lingers in the dry finish. Alcohol was present and raw towards the end of the swallow, especially after it warmed. Very low carbonation helps this beer sit unflatteringly heavy and syrupy in the mouth. Not too bad of a beer, but it just wasnít great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle in trade with performula. Good pine, resin and citrus aromas hit the nose. Orange body with off white head. Flavor started out with a malty sweetness. Citrus hops kick in middle to finish. Dry bitterness hits the palate near the finish. Good Brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
bottle, from Samís Quik Stop. Good aroma, citrusy sweet. Grapefruit, some pine, a toasted grain, peppery. Clean brownish orange color, good head that faded quickly, minor to no lacing. Bittersweet flavor, lots of graprfruit, pinneapple, little peach/apricot. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Itís good, had some moments while sniffing that were great, but didnít quite come together with the flavor I had hoped for. Got a little better as it warmed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Pours a nice copper color with a small beige head. Aroma of malts and fruitiness, moderate on the hops. Flavor is more malty sweet and floral hops. A good offering in the I2PA arena.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bomber from Proof bottle shop. Orange pour with a medium frothy off-white and good retention. Visible carbonation. Aroma is soft caramel, tropical fruit juice, bread and pine. Tastes lean a little to the malty side with caramel sugars and then some of the bitter herbal, floral, pine. Background citrus. Buttery medium texture. Can feel the warmth, but not evident in the taste. I tend to like the more bitter DIPAs, but this was quite good. Well played.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2463) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 22 oz bottle, 2 days after its release. Pours a brilliant dark copper-amber with off-white head. The aroma is fruity as all get out; it’s really heavy on candied pineapple and apricot, with some pine and toast mixed in there, too. The flavor isn’t as citrusy as the nose, but is intensely piney. As it approaches room temperature it also takes on a very herbal hoppiness. There is a bit of earthiness in the middle, and another burst of pine toward the finish, where most of the bitterness waits. As it subsides, it leaves a very pleasant toasty aftertaste. Not exactly what I was expecting, but I’m definitely pleased. It was worth crossing the mountains for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2453) - 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!


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