alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a reddish orange; medium head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus and orange. Nice, light oily mouthfeel. Pretty subdued for a DIPA, but still tasty. Pretty good balance, with a caramel malt flavor. About average for the style.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Maverick34 (2625) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
rocbyter (1958) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber/orange color. A little sweet a little citrus. A little weak for a double but still quite good.
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
MarkBarnes (394) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.