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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The beer you are holding is very special, very limited and very delicious. This is the Imperial version of our Green Elephant Organic IPA. This beer is all about hops, hops, and more hops. Cascade, Ahtanum and Amarillo hops added in the kettle, hop back, and fermenter give this beer its kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from De Laurenti, Pike Market, Seattle
Hazy golden color, with medium sized head. The aroma is a bit cornish, sweet, then maybe fruity. Good body, round but lean, smooth, not sticky, no crystal malt feeling; it also has a good toffee flavor, very strong bitterness, piney resins, light fruits, and some cereals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
Orange-amber colour. Hoppy aroma - herbal (oregano, thai basil), floral, leafy and for some reason canned peaches and sesame seeds as well. Chewy crystal, biscuit (?) malts and woody, pithy hops. Like most beers billed as being triple-digit IBUs, this is past saturation point and ends up being not all that bitter after all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 1L swingtop bottle, pours golden orange with a small white head. Beautiful aroma of tropical fruits, orange, and citrus hops coming through underneath. Flavour of wonderfully potent fruits, with the hop blast to follow and linger, balanced well with caramel malt backing. Absolutely wonderful Imperial IPA. 9 4 9 4 18

Second time I had this was from a 22 oz. bottle, with a bigger production, and was no where near as good as the first time. Not much of the fruitiness comes through, but is instead dominated by floral and herbal hops, some citrus and backed by biscuity malts. Still solid, but no where near the original bottling. 7 4 8 4 16

Third time I had this was on tap and it was a nastily cloyingly sweet bomb. Almost undrinkable. Very poor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours clear copper with a foamy/frothy off-white head. Aroma is hops - floral and citrus. Full bodied. Moderate carb. Flavor is not harsh, and there’s a sturdy caramel backbone, but there is one heck of a lot of floral and citrus in this. As the initial hop drains away there’s an upsurge of mild grapefruit rind. Smooth, extremely hoppy and very tasty. But not at all burning or harsh. Brilliant ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (12904) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle - Very complex nose, sweet malts, alcohol, hops and some more floral hops. I also smell some brine and vinegar. Slightly cloudy light orange with a thin head. Amazing mouthfeel, huge body and very nice on the tongue. A very well rounded mellow taste, earthy hop forward with some mild resin and orange peel. Light caramel notes and not much bitterness with a nice long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2016
On tap at Chuck’s Hop Shop. Pours s clear amber orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a rich citrus with some resin, light flora and some sweet grains backing. Flavor has bitter citrus with some grapefruit, light flora with a touch of earthy grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8462) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bomber. Pours a bright ruby/copper color with a medium white head. A rich nose of sugars, sweet malts, floral hops, crisp oranges. The flavor is big rich hops, sugary sweet caramel, toffee, tropical fruit, almost no bitterness. In terms of flavor, pushing toward a IIIPA. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7619) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2012
22. Pours a crystal clear burnished medium amber with a surging, though brief, loose tan head. Lots of spotty lace. Big fresh powerful fruity nose--lots of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, with the sweet and tropical notes predominant. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramel mid palate with a long crisp resiny finish. Very nice and refreshing with an invitingly sweet overture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle:   Deep golden hued amber, large frothy white head, sticky lacing, very light carbonation.   Soft floral and resiny nose.   Oh wow, very, make that extremely smooth on the tongue.   This is like silk.   This is not a bruiser of an IIPA, hop sided nor a malt bomb.   I would go so far as to say its maybe a 1 & 3/4 IPA, but what a wonderful 1 & 3/4 IPA it is.   It comes across as hoppy, flavorful, yet not bitter.   It has a slight citrus peel, pith, and floral background.   This is just too easy to drink, and super clean.   I just wished the nose translated this, but alas the palate and taste is where this is at.   Just so damn smooth... and super clean, yet flavorful.   And at 9% ABV, its so drinkable its crazy.   This is an outstanding 1 & 3/4 IPA.   If you get the opportunity, do it.   Oh, and nothing about this to me seems organic.   None of that typical husky/grainy malt background.   So well made... damn... this is craftmanship.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Nose of citrua floral hops grass pine light caramel and pale malt sweetness. Orange amber pour nice head and lace. Flavors of caranel biacuit citrus grass and pine. Nice amarillo in there. Decent bitterness good flavor good balance.

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