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RATINGS: 2156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a gaurantee built right into the name!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2008
22 oz bottle, about a year old I think. This hop bomb pours a nearly opaque (cloudy) orange-light brown with a persistent, rocky off-white head. The aroma is mostly piney resin hops with little malt. The taste is much more citrusy than the aroma (a good thing!). There is a malt backbone to support the hops, but it’s pretty laid back (two row pale malt only?) and doesn’t get in the way. Solidly carbonated to push out the hopiness, both in the flavor and aroma plus bitterness. Medium-full body and somewhat creamy. Overall, this is a great beer and I’d love to have more. It’s more citrusy and cleaner than Ruination. Wish I could give it a higher score but the appearance is awful and aroma is weak compared to flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Tap @ Front Door: Pellucid tawny with a sticky head and huge sheets of lacing. The nose is spicy and hoppy with earthy and piny/grapefruit notes (amarillo, centennial, columbus). The mouthfeel is mellow like cask. Balanced tail and mostly dry hopped. Snappy and fresh SDPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3576) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear medium gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted through mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of grapefruit and pine along with a bit of malt. The flavor is mild malt up front and is quickly washed over by grapefruit and pine. Hoppy, bitter finish. The alcohol is very well hidden. A decent IIPA, but fairly one-dimensional and not up to the standards of some others I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. A beautiful deep gold color with a rocky off white head. Aroma is amazing with hops - citrusy and a little spicy, orange grapefruit. Firmly bitter, but still has a grainy malt character. Medium bodied, light for a beer this strength. Finish is dry and cleans the palate. Some lingering bitterness, in a good way. This is one of the best Imperial IPAs that I’ve ever had. Not cloyingly sweet, not abusively bitter. Extremely hoppy, but balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onecrazybreeze (21) - , Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Poured hazy yellow with massive frothy off white head. Smelled slightly citrusy with mostly pine. Tastes as one person described it "like eating a Christmas tree", fantastic beer if you like that sort of thing. I really liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3389) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 7/28/2007: Open up a bottle of Sonoma Hop Stoopid Ale and it’s like peeling a tangerine! The aroma has tons of fresh, vivid tangerine hops, grapefruit, and orange hops, hops, and more HOPS! The flavor echoes the citrus nose with more grapefruit, tons of PINE, and a light amount of toffee maltiness. This beer has a clear, copper orange appearance with a frothy white head. Overall, all the citrus and pine aroma and flavor helps to keep this beer just shy of being nothing but a bitter hop bomb.

Sample from bottle (Alc. 8.2% By Volume) shared at the "Columbus Tasting: Ate, now with gramatical errors" event. Thanks! Rating #282 for this beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
big thanks to TBS for this one. great amber pour with a nice white head. fresh citrusy hops and awesome esters. very smooth on the palate with citrus notes and an easy bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2008
Tap at the Sunswick. Very impressive all the way around. Intense floral hop nose, followed by a flavor that lives up to the nose. Nice bitter finish, but nothing is overdone, yes it is super hoppy,but there is a nice balance to this beer, I was pleasantly surprised by how good this is, reminded me very much of pliny the elder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3289) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours clear gold with a creamy white ehad. Floral hop aroma. Smooth bitterness in the flavor yet nicely malted. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 on tap at the memphis taproom- pours reddish, ambery, orange, with a small bubbly white head. nose is immediately hoppy with lots of blood orange gushing forward. lots of malts there too, some bread. tastes incredibly well balanced not a hint at all of that alcohol. soo drinkable. so good. its the perfect balance of a beer you could sit and ponder the depth, and complexity of it, but at the same time you can knock back a fair few before getting bored of it. which really is sort of ideal. -------- no idea i had this already, even though it is such a solid beer. was searching for it when i opened the bottle from my dad, and this came up. such a crucial beer. bottle- very flowery, notes of pepper, taste is very piney, bitter grapefruit rind, so good, taste has a long, long finish that goes on and on. some sourness sensed in the end.. a great beer.

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