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RATINGS: 833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 168   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Explore the extremes of hops, and experience all of their bitterness, flavor and aroma with this Double I.P.A. An extreme, super-assertive and satisfying amount of American hop character is balanced with a toasty, caramelized, intense malt presence.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2007
GABF 2007. The beer pours to a hazed amber body with a creamy dense white head. The aroma is divine. Rich grapefruit and tons of caramel. Notes of pine. The flavor is bitter pine and grassy hops with a really rich buttery caramel base. The palate is rich and creamy and moderately bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2007
10/20/07: On tap @ Smokehouse
Deep brown body with an almond colored head. Strong and fresh hop aroma (fir tree and citrus). Flavors include: sweet caramel malt, raisin, fir tree hop, apricot, orange peel and even a touch of peach. Finish is medium long and sweet. Beer was very fresh in aroma and flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
22 ounce bottle from Gregis’ Van Halen trip to Indy
Pours amber reddish with a thick, sticky, off white head. Thick bands of lace left behind.
Huge, but not agressive, grapefruit aroma. Pronounced notes of toast and caramel malts.
I think that we needs more hops. Really. We are almost too sweet here. The commercial Description up there mentions balance. The caramel character seems to take over the flavor. The finish is plenty bitter.
Syrupy mouthfeel. Medium body. Average amount of carbonation.
Nothing wrong with this beer. I just don’t really hold it as high as some others. I’d drink lots of his whenever given the chance. Thanks Greg.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2007
Cloudy orange, amber colour with an off white head. Malty, caramel and fruity sweet aroma with hoppy piney notes. Caramel sweet flavor with hoppy fruity and piney notes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Thanks to miketd. Dark amber color. Smell of hops, grapefruit, malt, pine, honey, caramel, orange zest, flowers, grass, alcohol, cotton candy and spices. Tastes the same. One hell of a Impy IPA. Just a tad bit under FFF’s Dreadnaught, but still a great IPA!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (grain, meal), heavy hops (flowers, pine, grapefruit), average yeast (sweat, soap) with notes of peach and pineapple. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2566) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Light copper golden pour, small tan head, nice lace. Huge aroma, hop flowers citrus, tropical fruits, caramels. Well coated thick lightly creamy palate. Full tropical fruit sweet candied passion fruits, hints of strawberry, a bit of caramel and a dry bitter finish. Very nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5086) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Bottle. Whoa, don’t see 168 IBUs every day! Sweetish grapefruit, orange rind, lychee aroma with plenty of pine and even more malt. Just a touch of resin and slightly more caramel. Huge hop character! Deep amber-chestnut with a soapy tanned head. Bone dry - I usually reserve the adjective "soul-sucking" for such cases. Caramel malt taste, especially in the aftertaste, slightly bready with a bit of resin. Pine a little stronger than the resin, with a bit of a soapy slick on the fat body. Lightly acidic, and no real alcohol for its heft. Crystal malt detracts somewhat here, and the overall impression is a little less-than-clean. Strong bitterness but somewhat undercut by the dark fruitiness / yeast strain. A good one, but still somewhat of a disappointment from one of my favorite new brewers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
While I tend to associate double IPAs with a strong malt backbone, this one is 90 percent about the hops with minimal maltiness. In fact, there’s so much hop character to this, that if you are looking for a lesson in American hops, this is a good place to start. Aroma is full of citrus and pine. Notes of grapefruit, peach and orange. The pour was copper and slightly hazy with a small, off-white head. The flavor is moderately to heavily bitter and slightly sweet. Moderately acidic for a dry finish. Medium to full body results in some stickiness. Moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Huge orange citrus aroma and caramel malt presence. Taste is straight up dank orange and caramel malt. Very straightforward, but surprisingly good for how simple it was. Re-rate: Jan 29, 2008 Tons of fruity hops, grains, pine. harsh bitterness. No improvement or worsening noted.


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