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RATINGS: 2204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
At the height of the heat in the heart of the summer, we felt that the only cure was a raging mouthful of fresh hops and malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth. This is Lagunitas IPA pumped up by about 30%!
IBU: 72.41


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2007
This is an outstanding beer! It has an aroma off of its orange glow that really spikes with different layers of complexity...fruits, herbs, and a nice sense of hops.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2584) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2007 Bottle. Pours with reddish/orangeish color and lots of head. Pleasant bitter smell, and the hops predominate but not too overpowering like some other IPA’s. Great balance, IMO.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rocbyter (1953) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Aroma of an almost lipton iced tea mix smell and a small amount of malt on the nose. Pours a clear copper color. Taste is less sweet than other IPAs and has a nice bitter hop tastes Creamy mouth feel and lasting finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2007
A dark orange appearance with a beige head. The aroma is full of pine, grapefruit, and oranges. I catch a little perfume in there as well. This wasnt as BIG as some IPAs Ive had which isnt always bad. A well balanced beer with more grapefruit and oranges showing up in the flavor. The finish was quite bitter. Top notch IIPA in my book.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3956) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Draft at the Bistro’s 7th DIPA Fest: Nose of citrus hops; Hazy copper samll off-white head; flavor of citrusy hop bitterness; not that good!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Light amber/orange color. A little sweet a little citrus. A little weak for a double but still quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottled. Hazy orange with creamy white head. Aroma of citrus and resin. Sweet with a nice hop finish. A good brew, but a little too sweet for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a orangy amber color with a nice white head. Nice full palate, and full hoppy aroma. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of hops in here, but nothing abrasive or harsh. Seemed very similar to their regular IPA, just hoppier.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkBarnes (390) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Feb. 4, 2007; 22 oz. "bomber" purchased for $3.99 at Chanatry’s Market, Utica NY. Amber pour; thin, quickly-dissipating head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is tastefully muted, but just as neatly balanced as the outstanding round, full-bodied -- and eminently smooth -- flavor & palate.

Like Lagunitas’ excellent flagship IPA, this Imperial weighs in at the lighter end of the scale for its style (7.5% ABV, 72 IBU), thankfully eschewing over-the-top "novelty drink" status. The result is the most "drinkable" -- almost session-worthy -- IIPA I’ve yet tried.

Life is wonderful when people make beer like this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - FEB 2, 2007
22oz from Liqourama: I’m sorry, I thought this was a wonderful beer. It was a beautiful amber color with a nice frothy head, with smell of pine, citrus and caramel. The taste was of the same. Lots of hops, malt. Carbination was at minimum, and it is very smooth. I would love to have more.


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