RateBeer
overall
96
76
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhunter151 (539) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Grapefruit, resin, citrus, pine. Very tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jennajlover (107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Got sent up a gift pack of North County San Diego brews. This was one. Another xcellent brew from the hop region of the country. Fairly clear, great citric aroma, rich clean finish, lacing on glass lasted till end. Definitely recommend.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
On tap at brewpub this years new batch released yesterday. This was delicious! Big pungent aroma and great balance flavors of bitter hops and malted sweetness but not overly so. Great body and overall my favorite beer from this brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (606) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Poured from 22oz bottle. Poured copper in color with thin white head. Aroma is some pine and hops. Taste is malty with some resin in the back. Pretty decent

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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2011
on tap at urge gastropub in RB. into sniffer. half finger yellow off-white head. golden orange look. smell of delicious citrus hops. tastes of citrus and floral bitterness with some creaminess also with a light amber malty base. very good DIPA. overall 8 of 10. Keep them coming Mother Earth!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
760side (1) - - FEB 1, 2013 does not count
Big body. Tried their latest batch today. Always happy with the mother earth brews and as usual the primordial does not disappoint.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (878) - Poway, California, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6849) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22oz bomber pours clear copper with a near white head of foam. The aroma has a mix of thick malts, resiny hops, a bit of grapefruit and a bit of sweet citrus hard candy. The taste delivers plenty of resiny hop goodness in the form of firm pine hops and slivers of grapefruit and tangelo citrus hops. It has both resiny bitter hops and smooth hop flavor. Nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
Yes, pine, resin, complexity, solid orange citrus and tropical flavours. Complex, great taste and drinkability. Thanks StephanSD.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50