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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bright golden orange color, big citrus hop nose, immediate hop bitter upfront that leads to a nice malt balance and finishes long and dry, made with Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo hops backed by Munich Caramel and Pale Ale malts.
2007 vintage: 9.6% abv (draught only)
2012 vintage: 8.9% and 8.2% abv

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljs (2) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2012 does not count
Appearance – Brilliantly clear, apricot orange to amber with tight off white foam crown that quickly dissipates. Very little to no carbonation visible in the snifter. Aroma – Spicy, hoppy, and complex. Hop notes of floral, pine, and citrus. Fresh green wildflowers, pinecones, and tangerine. Taste –Big complex hops from the aroma come thru on the taste, with more fruit. Resinous, tropical, mango, pineapple….MMMM I love citra hops. But also pine and maybe some hibiscus. Extremely complex hop taste. A floral freshness. But definitely a subtle but present malt sweetness. Honey toast. Also subtle citrus fruit, like a candied orange peel. Mouthfeel – Medium to full bodied. Creamy and complex Finish – creamy, bitter, and sweet all at once. Complex but not overwhelming. Delicious and a FANTASTIC Imperial IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermeister (13) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2012
For a macro beer, very, very good. Out of a bottle, poured a beautiful burnt amber. Firm creamy head. Nice hoppy bitter mouth. A little pricey for a four-pack (around $11 bucks) but worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NearABeer (8) - COKATO, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2011 does not count
I have to say i was impressed. Very smooth not to complex. Like all Imperial stout very strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drawz (10) - Keene, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Sweet beer with complex hops taste. Hops are of several types giving a slight complex aroma as well. Could use a little more malting to balance out sweetness, but again was a very good beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
Limited handbottle sent from Murrayswine, quickly and fresh. One of the smoothest DIPAs I have tried. Just great bitterness, and tasted and looked as if off the tap. Creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation was purrfect. C-hop aroma. Orange and grapefruit. I could have drank this all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Notes from 4/27/07, on tap @ the Echo Tap. Clear copper orange with a one finger creamy off-white head, pretty good retention, although after a few minutes it did fade to a thick film. Aroma of pineapple, tangerine, and pine--full of juicy fruitiness! Also some sweet caramel/cotton candy is present. Smells pretty bitter. The hops shine here. Flavor is more herbal and piny hops (almost perfumey), with some alcohol. Biscuity malts and sweet light caramel try to balance things out. Semi dry lingering bitter finish that peaks around a 7-8 Burps perfumey pine needles. Low to moderate carbonation, creamy yet slightly prickly. Medium to full body with decent lacing. Leinie’s can make a good beer if they want to!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopDevil (16) - CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
Received this from a friend a while back. From my notes - seems somewhat out of balance. Decent hop nose and aroma, not enough malts. Somewhat non descript but a decent stab at the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mmcdowell3 (13) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
Very sweet (but not sugary), fruity, and best of all overly hoppy. I did not taste much malt flavor in this. Lovely creamy head. This is what fine IPAs should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6221) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Handbottled and served in my Duval snifter: Deep ruby highlight along an tangerine sea topped by a small fading frothy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pear, clove, grassy and resiny hops, and a hint of soap.

The taste is initially caramelized sweetness supported by acidic and fruity hops. The hops however seem discombulated and no one aspect shines. Chalky and metallic upon the lightly spicy finish. The mouth feel is sticky and sharp. It is not bad at all considering the source but I have a hard time seeing this anywhere near the better examples of the genre. Methinks it gets a unjust bonus points for being a SABMiller product.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Headbanger (3415) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 16 oz draft (Bowery bar & grill, WI)-A dark amber body with a huge off white head. An aroma of hops, grapefruit, citrus, and more hops. Taste the same with a nice dry finish. This is a great tasting Imperial IPA. This could stand with any other IIPA. Can’t wait for the Imperial Stout.

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