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Karl Strauss To The 9s Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
The beer is an Imperial IPA brewed to celebrate 2009. Unlike most Imperial IPA’s that are very citrussy/piney from Pacific Northwest hops, To the 9’s uses a lot of noble hops for a more earthy, resinous, woodsy aroma and flavor. We used 9 different hop varieties so the beer is very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle from Beverages4Less. Pours a beautiful orange copper with a three finger beige head. Nice resin aroma. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is earthy, caramel and rather floral/resin. Lots of flavor. Bitter right on through the end. Quite nice; rather polished. Gets a little grapefruit after awhile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2010
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some grape. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some grape, light catty. Medium-full body, some acidity, light resin -- alcohol impressively almost invisible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, earth, and caramel. Flavor of citrus, grass, caramel malt, and florals with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Clear amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is more malt-forward than hoppy – doesn’t bother me a bit. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. Like the nose, the flavor is nicely bittered, but is a tad more sweet than bitter. Finishes up much the same. Thanks to growler for popping the top on this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2010
Hazy orange with a medium off white head. Hoppy nose with grapefruits, pine and peach. Loads of hops in the grapefruity flavour that also carried, peach, lemons and oranges. Hints of malt in there as well. Dry and bitter. Finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8572) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Amber beer with a big cream colored head. Big woodsy aroma with malt and light earth. Caramel and malt flavor with woodsiness and citrus. Medium bodied. decent bitterness. Caramel and earth lingers with woodsiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours with nice and hazy orange golden body. Small, off-white head. Aroma of earthy, woody hops, tons of caramel. Not citrusy at all. Some light fruit aroma. Taste is probably the most earthy and herbal hop profile I can imagine. It is definitely bitter, and hoppy, but not the hops I like or expect in a DIPA. Creamy to strong carbonation. Crisp and lightly alcoholic. I want to love it but I do not like the hop profile, which in the end is the essence of this very fresh DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7619) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
22. pours a crystal clear dark orange with gold edges. loose off white ring of foam. big tangy orange, grapefruit, and pink grapefruit nose. creamy medium body, soft carb. caramel, toast, and all the fruits on the mid palate. long resiny finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2010
22oz bottle: Pours a transparent copper amber with a stringy-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of juicy resiny grapefuity hops with some caramel candy notes and toffee sweetness. Body starts with decent fullness and sweet sticky caramel maltiness with some floral grapefruity hop flavor and bitterness before a drier crisp bittersweet finish with a touch of peppery alcoholic warmth. A fairly well-balanced and enjoyable double IPA, but could use a less sugary malty base.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber color/ white head. Nice pine sap, tropical fruit, spicy hop aromas with caramel. Smooth medium body. Awesome bittersweet, floral, pine, tropical fruit hop flavors with candi sugar, caramel. great ipa

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