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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 105   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Seasonal; Autumn - Released in November.
This is an intensely hoppy and strong lager that we refer to as a Double India Pale Lager. Over four pounds of hops per BBL of New Zealand hops (Kiwi Hops) were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Four kettle hop additions, whole leaf hops in the hop back, and multiple dry hop additions infuse an intense floral and citrusy aroma. No kiwifruit or kiwi birds were used in the production of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Chris! Golden, mostly clear body (looked filtered) with a big, voluptuous white foam capping it off. Aroma is mostly full of fruity, citric hops with oranges, citrus, & grapefruit abound. Not sure if these hops are supposed to smell like actual kiwis, but I donít get much kiwi smell. Grass, leaves, some lighter pine notes. Taste is crisp with a big citrus peel presence, among other notes of grapefruit, tangerine, & maybe pineapple. Sharp with big leafy pine notes. Nice bready malt backbone & a crisp, super clean finish thanks to the yeast. Very well attenuated. I thought this beer was really good, though it didnít quite meet the large expectations I had for it (I much preferred Hoponius Union).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle thanks to BroBoostIPA. Pours super hazy gold with a persistent half-inch of white head. Super grainy/biscuity aroma. Taste is biscuit, cracker, juicy fruit, citrus. Some apple and cherry notes. Real thick mouthfeel. Real easy drinking for a fairly high-boost brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9481) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of tenderloineshawn213. Thanks shithead. Fair amount of yeast sludge in the upper neck of the bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy yellow orange appearance with a lasting off white head. Aroma is massively spicy/dank hoppy with white wine and lots of grapefruit. The hops is seriously out of control on this one. Theyíre very nice, full of fruit, guava, and dank weedy notes, but itís almost a bit too much. Malt backbone is nice and beer is dry enough. Very bitter and even a touch goopy. I guess I like most of my lagers in the low boost range and not quite so bitter, but it is kind of fun to drink. 8.5 % = medium boost

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (7248) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
500mL bottle, sent from Gregg657 (thanks a lot, Pete), pours a hazy golden with a large foamy white head. Aroma brings out dry fruity kiwis, loads of piney hops, and grapefruit rind - what a beautifully subtle nose this has to it. Flavour is just as wonderful, with loads of dry juicy kiwi fruits, some grapefruit, piney hops, a little grass, and some soft dry cerealy malt. So juicy, dry and drinkable, with remarkable elegance. Finishes on dry grassy and kiwi-y notes. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
&*$&! yeah, this is how you should hop a lager.. though the nose rocks the taste is just great.. the lager finish throws off the balance, I respect the ideals of JA but ale yeast would make this dynomite! almost tough to drink after 5 sips because of how contrasting the lager finish is with the juicy hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 So, apparently this is the #1 rated Imperial Pils In the world. Letís see how it stacks up.

Pours a clear gold color with a nice white head. Big, powerful aromas of juicy tropical fruits in the nose. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit with sugar, your senses just run wild when you smell this beer. Very deep and complex aromas. I could smell this for hours.

Taste is a slight letdown from what the aroma promised. No, itís still pretty damn good, but not up there with the best of the best ipaís/dipas Iíve ever tasted. Probably the best lager Iíve ever had though. Some of the tropical fruit juice is lost in translation from the nose. Some unwelcomed bitterness is present, detracting from the overall experience. Very thin body for a 8.5% beer. The finish is drying, Tylenol like bitterness with only a shadow of the tropical fruit hop expression promised in the nose.

Itís good, but not a world beater.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2917) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2013
On tap at the Publick House - Pours hazy amber with a foamy white head. Nose is pungent hops--tropical fruit, grass, pine--with a grainy, lightly yeast malt base. Taste is more on the grass/pine side of things, wiht a bit of doughy yeastiness and more graininess. Medium and smoothly carbonated. Good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1129) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle. Poured a nice golden color. Smell is very subdued with a little bit of floral aroma. Taste is similar - very light and the high ABV content is well-hidden. Overall I wouldíve liked a little more bite from it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2152) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
bottle thanks to forcabrew. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color. very large white head. nose is moderate berry like fruitiness. taste is initially bitter and clean. late in the finish the hop flavor kicks in and is interesting. Not sure about the south of the equator hops. enjoyable. no sign of alcohol. maybe a touch of sulfur. good. not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2345) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle, pours a bright yellow, aroma is citrusy and taste is very citrusy a nice fruity ipa taste, not what you would expect from a lager. Overall pretty tasty

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