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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (1124) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Pour from 22 0cz. bomber. Pours a dark copper orange with a two finger off white head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus (A lot of orange and some grapefruit), pine, tropical fruits (pineapple and nice mango notes), sweet malts, and some light caramel. Taste is of citrus (a lot of orange), pine resin, sweet bready malts, caramel, and a little booze. Has a medium-full body and a creamy, slightly chewy, semi dry, pretty bitter, but still well balanced finish. Overall, a decent DIPA that is more of a East Coast style then a true west coast style, that could hide its abv a little better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
721Lance (60) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Rubber tire smell. Permeated through an otherwise great beer. Nice mouthfeel really clear with some chill haze at beginning. Would be a 4.5 beer but could not get over rubber tire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10451) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Tap at Abnormal Beer Company. Pours rubied copper with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is honey and caramel malt, fruity and floral hops. Flavor is sweet honey malt, dank, earthy, herbal, and fruity hops, medium bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hapjydeuce (963) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Bottled. Color is clear dark gold. Nose of grapefruit, pine sap and apricot. Flavor is quite sweet with notes of caramel underneath layered with more sticky grapefruit, lavender and hops. Pretty aggressive and thick. OK I guess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ As Mother Earth Primordial Imperial IPA ].
Clear medium to dark orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grass, orange - citrus, pine. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, fruity, orange, pale malt, pine. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20141219]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
22 fl oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and pine hoppy. Bitter, pine and dry herbal. Bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14715) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. It pours a light hazyness, golden-orange in color and with a dense, finger-thick off-white head. The aroma is very piney and grapefruity, with a maltyness in the back. Candy hints. Lots of bitterness in the mouth, with some malty sweetness joining in. Full body and a pleasant carbonation. Lasting bitter finish with grapefruit peel and resins. After a while I sort of get used to the bitterness level, but it’s too bitter anyway. 141219

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (12446) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - pine. Flavor is quite sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish. 191214

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8551) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours slightly hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, orange, citrus, grape, pine and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and heavy bitter with a long orange, citrus, pine and bitter finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2936) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
20 June 2014. Orange, mostly clear, no bubbles. nose is orange rind and faint granola malt. Thin/med body and mildly fizzy. orange juice, grassy hops, some granola malt. decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle shared with alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex resin citrus hop aroma. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation and soft alcohol bite at the finish. Standout brew.

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