MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 My Bottom Line:
Grapefruity, floral, spicy hoppiness thrives atop minutious honeyed maltiness, leading to a leafy, wooden hop bitterness. This is not a Double IPA which will destroy through tastebuds, but rather one which commands you to drink more of it. What a novel concept.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the hazy peach golden.
-The body is slick and healthy, leading to effortless drinking.
-The crunchy pale maltiness does not quite balance out the hoppiness, but that’s not the purpose of this style anyway.
-Alcohol is not apparent in the flavor profile.
-This is well levelled and not agressive at all; pure, drinkable hop glory.
-The bottle was almost as tasty and fresh as the tap version.
On tap at the brewpub and from the bottle.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber - Poured a quite cloudy dark orange-amber in color with a very small white head. Low carbonation, but still some lacing on the glass. Aroma is thick with citrus-grapefruit hop perfume with some flower hopiness mixed in. Flavor is a fairly well balanced mix of citrus and pine hops with just a hint of malty sweetness. Medium bitter with an extended finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Not among the best IIPAs that I have had, but good enough to drink again (and repeat).
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a lightly hazed amber color with an off-white head Mild to moderate amount of hops make up the aroma. Sweet malt underneath with some mild plastic phenolic notes as well Alcohol starts to come out as the beer warmed. The bitterness in the flavor started from the beginning through the very long finish. Moderate to high bitterness. Semi-dry finish.
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a wispy, off-white head.
Smell: Pungent hop aroma of juicy grapefruit, resinous pine, and even a handful of flowers. Flowers? For me? Thanks, aroma!
Taste: Scant, fleeting caramel flavor and sweetness. After that, it’s all hops, with plenty of grapefruit, pine, and bitterness. Finishes dry and with a punishing bitterness. I’d ask for a tad bit more malty sweetness, but that always seems an unfair request of an Imperial IPA, like trying to tame and request "more gentleness" from a wild jungle cat.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: While not as far toward "chewing on hops" as you can get, it’s still pretty bitter.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to notalush for leaving this bottle for me post-tasting. Deep cloudy amber/orange beer with a thick white head. Fresh bright orange hoppiness, moderate grapefruit and a nice piny bitterness. Lean pale malt aroma with a hint of brown sugar and honey as well. Flavour is solid, sweet citrus with nice tropical mango flavour as well. Slight earthy dankness on the back of the hop note but otherwise a solid brew. Moderate but resiny bitterness. Thanks Brandon... I enjoyed this one.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: Imperial IPA
Date: September 08, 2007
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy burnt orange, wispy off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: huge sweet pine and caramel aroma
Body: big sticky creamy body
Flavor: lots of sweet caramel and pine flavor, light bitterness adds some balance but lets the sweet malt and hops shine
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a thin well-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of nice, fresh piny grapefruity hops and a good, lightly sweet caramel malty presence. Starts with a good sweet caramel maltiness and fresh grapefruity bittering and flavor hoppy balance. Finishes crisp and bittersweet with decent complexity of flavor. A nice IIPA.
notalush (5159) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bomber shared on Goldtwins’ back porch, 8/9/07) - the concensus seemed to be that this beer was not very good, but I have to admit that I quite enjoyed it - medum aroma pour, with a minimal head - dry, piney, herbal aroma - pretty enticing, but fairly standard - pretty dry, not packing that huge sweetness that a lot of IIPAs have, which, for me, is always welcome - however, the woody hop dryness begins to become almost tongue-curling after a while - maybe a little more malt balance would be welcome (although after reading the other reviews that say it has a strong malt backbone, it almost seems like I had a different beer) - the hops are very earthy and tasty, but the beer needs a little more to it.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22 oz. bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/vermont/woodsto target=blank>Gillingham’s) Kind of messy...Pours cloudy orange with one finger of off-white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, vanilla, rock candyish malt and something a little off. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, lightly fizzy, medium-full, very lightly sticky. Webby lacing, quite persistent. Flavor is kind of a mix of bitter grapefruit and pine, light rock candy, hints of caramel and vanilla, even some breadiness. That doesn’t sound too bad but actually it doesn’t all work together very well. Some off-tasting hints as well. Seems sort of a work in progress but at least this wasn’t infected as was a recent bomber of a McNeill’s brown from the same store.
canary dog (680) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Rerate: I enjoy this type of beer more than I used to. I appreciate the extra malt kick to compliment the floral hoppy finish. I’m still a little nonplussed by the name, however. It’s more of an ESB-- because of the extra malt character-- than an IPA. One could also categorize this as an American strong ale, much like the nationally known Stone Arrogant Bastard, with which this local brew compares admirably. A fine beer, and it definitely hides the 8% kick.