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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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"Constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original." Need we say more? True to its Imperial roots! This brew clocks in at 9.5% ABV, and over 100 IBUs! It is made with four varieties of grains resulting in a bold dark amber color and four varieties of hops, creating a subtle citrus aroma, and bitter, hoppy finish. Winner of a gold medal at the 2009 Santa Cruz National Organic Challenge, this recipe surely will not disappoint.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
badpuppy69 (266) - orange, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours a clear orange light copper with huge head with alot of big bubbles. Aroma is citrucy piney hops not too strong of a Aroma. Taste follows the Aroma with some nice spice notes in there. More on the hop foreword side. Nice glass lacing all the way down the glass.. Nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 From bottle to glass! Pours a dark orange with a nice thick head. Aroma is of grapefruit and taste is better when not so cold. Has a nice hop profile. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1385) - RÝros, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2014
Dark golden with a white head - Good hop aromas of citrus and pine - Good malt body to support the good hop flavours that is of citrus and pine with a nice bitterness - The hops gives a long finish that is dry and with some pine - This was very good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1407) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle. Copper pour with a white head. Aggressive bitterness, grapefruit, and dry, grainy malt in the aroma. Taste is heavy bitterness with pine and citrus followed by a dry, sparse malt backbone. Relatively dry mouthfeel despite the high ABV. Solid high alcohol hop bomb.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8947) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
Yes, pine, resin, complexity, solid orange citrus and tropical flavours. Complex, great taste and drinkability. Thanks StephanSD.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
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Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate pine, dank hops, and some light citrus. It pours a transparent amber/copper with a one finger orange-tinted off-white head that has decent retention. Thereís a lot of soapy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate citrus and some light tropical fruits. The finish has moderate grapefruit, light-moderate pine, and dank hops. Itís medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours dark orangey amber. Little to no foam. Aromas are dank and piney and resinous. Taste is full, malty, and bracingly bitter, but pleasant enough. Some floral and citrus come in on the late palate. Body and mouthfeel are generally think and full, but middling for the style. ABV is pretty well disguised. Very good DIPA. Not sure itís anything really special, however. So... hmmm. Dunno.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Pours deep amber with medium offwhite head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, caramel, and a little breadiness. Taste is much of the same with slick bready caramel up front that quickly turns to citrus and huge grapefruit. Finish is bone dry and has a lingering bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle from StefanSD, thanks! Pours a clear copper color with a pretty large white head. Aromas of some citrus, but mostly pine. Taste is bracingly bitter with good resinous pine notes, but no real juicy hop expression. Still, itís pretty darn good. Finishes with a bitter sting and pretty dry. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2193) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a medium off-white head that has very good retention. The aroma is pungent with grapefruit, oranges, pine and something salty. The taste mirrors the aroma with loads of grapefruit, some melon, pine and all set in a nutty malt base. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with a bit of bitter grapefruit. Overall: Top shelf stuff


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