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RATINGS: 1258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 Fresh bomber. Pours clear orange with a large head. Great lacing, . Aroma of grapefruit, oily resin, tropical fruit and just a hint of caramel. Tastes of mangos and other fresh hop flavors with caramel and biscuit taking a back seat. Medium body. Oily texture. Nicely bitter finish. One of the best west-coasters out there...and cheap as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
22 oz bottle. Dark tea, not quite clear. Light white head skinning. Sweet pine needles, grapefruit and cat pee. Taste of OJ, grapefruit pith, squeeze of lime. Ends up with bread and metallic hops. Light carb, almost medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2007
22oz bottle. Aroma: Really nice hop aroma. Floral, grapefruit, resin, and pine all coming through very strong. Some light maltiness and caramel behind all the hops. Appearance: Dark amber in color bordering on red and fairly clear. Off white head was big and foamy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Some toasted malt and caramel come through, and then the hops begin. Grapefruit, pine, floral, grassy, earthy, and a strong resinous flavor. Fairly dry finish. Bitterness is strong, sharp, and lingers a long time. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Loved the aroma, liked the flavor, but the bitterness was a little over the top for me. Needed some water to help wash this one down. Still, a great beer and hop lovers will certainly dig it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a clear golden brown with a nice thick rocky head. Lacing along the side is good and head duration is almost fully lasting. The aroma is rich with grapefruit and continually lasting. The flavor is full of hoppishness with a grapefruit dominance. The finish has a sharp bitterness but is not overwhelming. Overall a very nice hoppish brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12054) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
22 oz. Bottle at 43F. Pours a hazy dark amber with an average rocky off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy hoppy citrus pine aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Heavy hoppy citrus bitter flavor with a good bitter finish of long duration. Very good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
5-Alive aroma with some pine. Looks good when swirled, amber color with a smallish white head. Reminds me of Hopslam. I was expecting something different from this brewery like their IIpa is. Still a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle: Copper in color with a small, quickly diminishing head. The smell is pretty nice. I smell some hops, but also some sweet aromas in there as well. I smell some pine and orange. The taste is pretty intense, noticeably piney. Hops are very prevelant. As the taste lingers in your mouth, I notice some orange flavors arising. Seriously hoppy indeed. Humungous taste, but maybe a bit to much hop, and I love hops.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Heavily hazed dark amber liquid. Taller head of creamy/dense heavy cream colored head. Decent lace. Heavy sweet malt aroma wrapped in citric zest. Lemon zest and grapefruit pulp are dominant in the nose. Flavors of weak lemon juice mixed with malt and corn syrup. Some tropical fruit are tossed into to further muddy the tastes. The malt is so weak that I have a hard time thinking this is anything but a hop tea in light syrup. I’m having a hard time getting into this one. Lacks any malt depth only shows off the hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
#981, Bottle at the Champaign-Urbana private tasting held at Radio Maria.Hazy orange, big bursting white head, nose big hops and very big alcohol. Taste is sharp gib orange skin, grapefruit sharp with lots of pepper and huge orange. Wonderfu.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Hazy orange-copper with a dense head that lasts awhile. Aroma is like a floral hopsack with mild caramel notes. Lots of fruit with sharp hop bitterness. Dry and noticeably strong. Lingering hop finish.


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