Iron Hill Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Lots of malt, lots of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Served on-tap at Iron Hill Lancaster on release day.

A – Pours out hazy amber orange with a small cap of white head leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S – Smells of bright citric hops, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of booze. The oily hops are strong but the sweet malt helps reign them in a bit. Good overall balance throughout.

T - Plenty of caramel sweetness up front quickly giving way to a big citric hop punch that lingers for the rest of the experience. The finish is a mix of hop bitterness and malted sweetness. The malt is strong in this one, although my second glass had a bit more hops to it. I could have drank this one all day. My hoppy burps actually tasted better than the beer lol.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with plenty of hop bitterness in the finish, lingering for some time.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The hops were strong and it was well balanced. If anything the sweet malt was beginning to wear on me but then the hops would come back and dull that out. It was not as good as last years but it is still a very good beer none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Growler shared at Franks. Pours a clear golden copper body with thin white lacing. Aroma is caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with sweet caramel malt flavors dominating. Not too much of a hop profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (5345) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 Growler, too much toffee and caramel. Sweet malt. Copper pour. Ehhh not a huge fan. Too many hop types and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3633) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Pours golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma has nice citrus...justa touch of buttery/maltiness...faint though. Flavor has good bitterness...grapefruit and citrus rind...light maltiness coming through. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is grapefruity/earthy bitter and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3379) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! The beer appears clear and orange colored, with a white head that leaves good lacing in its wake. The aroma brings a heavy dose of hops and citrus...outstanding. The malt profile is very light - only enough to support the beer - again, well done. I had this brew next to some outstanding DIPAs, and it certainly stood its ground. The beer has a slight sweetness that slowly grows as I progress through the pint, but it’s nowhere near cloying. Overall, this was a fabulous beer, and one I would most definitely enjoy having again and again. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 07-05-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
(Growler) Pours a clear golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grass, grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, grass, citrus, and pineapple with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Thanks to a great PA trader that hooked me up with a growler of an unbelievable "under the radar" beer. A - pours a honey color with 2 fingers of off white head. S - Floral hops, citrus, pine, malt, and some alcohol. A very big hop nose. T - All pine at first, but once it warms you get a lot of mango and pineapple. The light caramel malt provides enough balance to really show the hops off while still making it very drinkable. M/D - Oily mouthfeel with spot on carbonation for a 10%+ DIPA. So easy to drink it’s dangerous. An absolutely great growler that still had good carbonation 24hrs after it was opened. My girlfriend even drank a pint and she is not a fan of IPAs or DIPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12014) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2012
on tap-pours gold and an offwhite head that laces. Aroma is sweet pine/resin, some light malt. Taste is sweet pine/resin/perfumt hops with some bite, some light/medium malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Aroma of grapefruit, subtle pine notes and a sour apple yeast. Pours light amber with a small grainy head. Tastes of floral, citrus, sourdough and alcohol. Not very balanced but the hops are there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2011
In short: Another superb archetypical piney/fruity amber American IPA
How: Growler shared during the RSBG 2011 bus trip (called Iron Hill Kryptonite Double IPA)
The look: Slightly cloudy amber body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: The hoppy nose is mostly pine-tree with a side of citrus fruits. Malt bill has fresh crunchy lightly toasted cereals with a moderate sweetness. Rather thick body. The pine-tree and citrus fruits hops provide an adequate balance, this is not a hop-bomb which is a good thing because the cereals were pretty damn nice. Once again, nothing new or original about this beer but I just can’t get enough of very well made American IPAs. This beer is yet another reason why I drink too much. You know you are drinking too much beer when you start getting heartburns, high blood pressure and life seems to always be a lot of fun.

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