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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
Sample at Tasting Panel #1. 750ml bottle. Poured a clear golden orange with off white head. Aroma was wonderfully enticing with big grassy, citrus laced hops backed by well worked caramel malt. If only it tastes as good. No worries. The flavour is massively delicious. What starts as a very citrus hop note spans into a mid palette hemp note and then the slightly sweet caramel malt rides in to back things up...only to fade away and the crisp hops return to linger exceedingly well in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Truly fantastic...made me wish I had easy access to a lot more of it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Great nose, great IPA taste, and great finish! My second favorite at the 2012 Concordia Alehouse Imperial IPA blind tasting contest.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Past notes. On tap. Colour...cloudy gold with a massively thick white head. Nose...teaming with sugared grapefruit, dried pineapple and hop resin. Palate...thick, chewy and delectable with massive hops and a great balance between the grapefruity and piney hops. Tropical fruits abound and sweetness is present without being cloying. The bittering continues through the finish which is long and memorable!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6298) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laisx013 (12) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pleasant appearance on draft. Hoppy, grassy aroma. Heavy hopped flavor with grassy and citrus notes. Needed a little more malt to bring the hop flavor a bit. Crisp mouth feel with hoppy aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1902) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Draft at Fiddlers.

I had a minor epiphany while drinking this beer. An IIPA doesn’t have to be like a big-mega-kickass-IPA; it can be a hop liquor. I mean, that’s obvious when you taste Pliny the Younger, so perhaps it should have been something I already knew. But as I sat there on Fiddlers’ patio sipping this one, it came clear what an IIPA should aim for, and this one is right on the mark. Exceptionally smooth palate, pure hop flavors that defy the usual facile "pine","herbal","grapefru descriptions. The aroma was a bit of a weak point, with even a hint of cat piss, but so subtle were the flaws that you don’t notice at all unless you go looking for them. Beautiful beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6096) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2012
In short: A round and smooth big American IPA. Superb example of how this type of beer can be very satisfying without the assertive bitterness
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase, bottle forwared to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a medium shining off-white head leaving lots of lacing on the glass. This beer looks good with a strong body-head contrast and an overall “healthy beer” look
In long: Nose is uber-hoppy yet smooth at the same time, freshly cut flowers laid over freshly cut citrus fruits. Not intense but very inviting. Taste follows suite. Has hoppy as this beer is (and it is very hoppy), there’s nothing aggressive in the taste except maybe a little alcohol bite. The round caramelized malts offer a creamy sweetness sensation. A soft chewy cookies sensation in the malts and yeast coming together. Then the hops, omnipresent but never aggressive. Apricots, green pine needles, mangos, flowers, more… Bitterness is tasty but round and smooth. Mouthfeel is superb with a lot of very soft bubbles (like a cask carbonation on steroids) as well as a comfortable fluffiness. I wish the light alcohol bite wasn’t there was a better attenuation, because everything just comes together so well in the IPA except for those two aspects. Not complaining about the size of the bottle, but now all my other bomber of beers seem to be of Green Mammoth proportions.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11364) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Shared at Nashville Beer Summit 1.0. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Toffee and citrus aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Pale toffee esque malt flavor countered by a nice juicy hop bitterness. Slightly herbal on the finish. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6858) - 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.


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