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RATINGS: 1244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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"In celebration of the Hop. . . . This is a "Hop" tribute, worthy of a King’s Imperial Court! Enjoy the blast of fresh Cascade, Simcoe, Columbus, Ahtanum, and Chinook Hops as they stimulate the taste buds in a truly Imperial Fashion. Pucker Up!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Wow, so glad this made it to ohio. This is probably the hoppiest beer i have ever had. Very citrus and a little piney in the aroma. Flavor was so hoppy that it almost seemed sour like grapefruit. One of the intense beers ive ever had. I dont think you could even have this at a tasting because you would not be able to taste anything else.. This is one that must be tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with a short blurb on the upper right side of label, no freshness date, but I believe this is the spring 2006 release. Poured a cloudy golden, slightly orangey, amber with a fluffy, foamy off-white head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of sticking. Hoppy aromas of pine floral, citrus, dry earthy leafy, fruity esters and a subtle caramel malty. Good, even carbonation and a crisp, hop slick, creamy smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Big hop taste, but balanced enough that you can also taste the caramel, sugary malts, dry tobacco leafy, sour citrusy, evergreen oily, herbal, tomahawk bitter hops, not taste bud killing bitter, but a light, lingering bitterness that softly numbs the tongue, the alcohol is well into the background and slowly warming in the palate, and a dry leafy, sour hoppy with a subtle sweet malty finish. Excellent, smooth drinkability on this DIPA, I could drink this all night without any complaint, I am looking forward to this spring’s release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
1/1 Tasting at Radio Maria. Thanks to whoever brought this! Strong notes of grapefruit and apricot on the nose leads into a bracing hop bite. A true treat for hoplovers, but a bit over the top for me. If there is a malt presence, its lost on me. An extreme IPA, and certainly a fun one to try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Bomber. Slightly hazy orange with minimal head leaving tiny spots of lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit and flowers, caramel and citrus. Initial sip was a hop bomb exploding forth from the sweet toffee malt foundation, leaving a lingering fallout of piquant and resiny bitterness. Finish and aftertaste was pure hops, which left a peppery, even charred wood taste on the tongue. Hop oils stick to my teeth. This is a monster score for hop addicts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle. Hazy dark honey/amber with a medium ring of bubbles. Nose-reminds me of the basement of the Falling Rock during one of Dr. Bill’s soirées-lots of hops, and alcohol. Taste-medium to high bitter, lime, fruit loops, grapefruit, meaty, orange zest, pretty much all hops with a medium malt backbone. Sickly sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5315) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
22 oz bottle, via ClarkVV. Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper to orange colored body under a craggy and foamy off-white head. Nice retention with some nice lacing. Aroma is very resinous and piney hops in massive quantities. A hefty amount of malt there too, very candy like, with some light alcohol. Flavor wise, this is almost too much for me. Very bitter and resiny, the hops obscure the malt almost completely. It’s rather cliche, but this this really was like chewing on a hop cone. Not much alcohol presence for 9.1%, just all hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very soft and well rounded despite the intense and slightly harsh nature of the other aspects of this beer. This might actually be a triple IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
proqxis (7) - USA - DEC 23, 2006 does not count
its pretty good... well crafted, nice body... nice color... tastes a little too much like a pine tree.. and sits on your palate for (literally) a few minutes... but i guess that’s the point! this does change as the beer gets a bit warmer.. (i poured straight from the bottle out of the fridge as i began to write this).. i think it would be difficult to create a beer of this ilk with an alcohol % as high as it is complex in flavor without compromising it’s integrity... alcohol is hidden skillfully and the carbonation is perfect. very appropriate for picnics and other outdoor get-togethers...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Wouldn’t have guessed this to be at 9.2% alcohol. Pours a hazy orange with thick off-white head. Resiny, leafy hop aroma. The body is thick and rich with a big hop bitterness, resiny/ peppery notes, and a buttery, toffee like malt background to make it highly drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2006
CL RB gathering. poured a deep orange/light amber. Aroma: loads of citrus hops as well as some malt and a spicy quality. Taste is resinous and earthy hops, citrus, malts, and a spicyness in the middle. Finishes heavily bitter. alochol well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 12 oz Bottle via Mystery Swap (thanks FlacoAlto!). Pours a semi hazy amber with an average size beige head. Nose is grapefruit, pine and caramel. Taste starts out with some sweet caramel and mandarin orange, then turns to resiny pine and finishes with a bold grapefruit hop kick.I would swear there is some rye in there as well? There is a bit of metallic aftertaste, the only negative here. Medium/full body. Moderate carbonation. oily mouthfeel. Good stuff.

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