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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle, thanks swoop jones. Nice golden orange, fiery, hazy, small white head, but good lacing. Nice aroma of caramel and lot sof hops - of the oily variety, not fruity. Taste is really sweet - more caramel, tons of resiny hops, sticky sweet body. Alcohol as well hidden as it could be, body is medium shading light for the style, decent carbonation. Straightforward well done example, which is just fine by me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2937) - 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 IIPA’s 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 it’s 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 can’t 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 don’t get any assertive hop qualities and the malts definitely dominate. I noted a heavier cotton candy or candy vanilla presence this time around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2914) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Pours a golden orange from the bottle with thin ring of off-white lacy head. Aroma is bready grain up front, then a nice piney hop presence on the back end. Taste is more resinous, nice grapefruit and pine notes from the hops with a bittersweet caramel malt finish. Pretty decent, a lot better than the normal Kashmir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2905) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
bottle, from Sam’s 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. It’s good, had some moments while sniffing that were great, but didn’t quite come together with the flavor I had hoped for. Got a little better as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2890) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle poures a hazy medium amber. Snall of white head. Malty sweet BW like aroma. Hops are soft and faded. Thick bodied and a bit syrupy. Boce malts and brown sugar flavors with nearly enough IBUs. Slight cardboardy woody trailer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2787) - 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - 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 don’t 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 wasn’t great.

   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.

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