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RATINGS: 1282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"In celebration of the Hop. . . . This is a "Hop" tribute, worthy of a Kingís 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!


3.7
   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.

4
   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.

4
   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. Billís soirťes-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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5827) - 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. Itís 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.

3.8
   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 thatís 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 itís integrity... alcohol is hidden skillfully and the carbonation is perfect. very appropriate for picnics and other outdoor get-togethers...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Wouldnít 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.

4
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Rerate. 22oz bottle, still no date Hazy orange light brown with a small creamy beige head, fair retention. I just grabbed this bottle from a store that just got it in within the last two weeks, so Iím hoping itís fairly fresh. The hops up front are piney, resinous, grassy and grapefruit rind-y. Behind the looming bitterness is some biscuity malts (Iím still on the aroma). I think my original rating had a somewhat fresher bottle. Flavor has lots of bitterness with the resiny pine, grass, This is probably one of the more bitter beers Iíve had, peaking at an 8 or so. There were some light biscuity malts again, but they were obliterated by the intense bitterness. Moderate smooth carbonation with a full body. Pretty good, though not as good as I remember it being. Old rating follows.22oz bomber acquired via trade from IrishBoy, no date. Pours a hazy orangeish caramel with a one finger slowly fading yellow white head. Aroma of big citrusy hops and pineapple, thereís even some lemons and lemon soda, too. A little deeper there is a bit of resiny hops and sweet biscuity malts. Big bitterness up front with some lovely sweet grapefruit and malts in the middle, with bitterness coming back fairly strong through the dry finish. I did pick up on some grassy hops after a few drinks--though not pilsener grassy. Full bodied but fairly light on the tongue, moderate fairly smooth carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable after the swallow. This did not disappoint me at all. Thank you Richard! 9-4-8-4-17--4.2

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bomber courtesy of SDbruboy, thanks again Cliff! Pours a caramel/orange color with a slight yellowed off white head. Aroma of pineapple, bready malt, pine, citrus, lemon zest and a bit of earthiness. The flavor is huge with hops, big blast of bitter grapefruit and spicy pine with some grassy/earthy elements...tropical fruit and sweet malt characters are there but kinda take the back seat...I mean the waaay back seat. Some booze and candied fruit elements as well and as it warms the malt starts to come out more in both the flavor and aroma. Sweet in the fornt that quicklt turns to a huge hop punch...a little bit sticky with a dry lasting bitter finish. This brew is certainly a hop-headís dream come true. Now if Moylans would just send some to Ohio.


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