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RATINGS: 1231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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"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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Huge thanks to Odeed for this bottle - just when I thought Iíd gotten tired of hop monsters, along comes this beauty - clear copper color with sticky, frothy white lace - the nose has quite a nice blend of aromatic hops, with a gentle fruity sweetness behind them - the flavor is filled with meaty, chewy, hops that are so earthy you can almost taste the soil they were growing in - quite bitter, but not dry - background light fruit (citrus, of course, and some mild cherry and strawberry), followed by a subdued, buttery/caramel flavor - oily throughout the flavor, and through the extremely bitter finish, leaving the mouth feeling like it is coated in hop resin - a hop headís delight.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deeper orange gold with a small but suprsingly long lasting head. Nose is hops and grapefruit. Flavor is very nicely balanced with malt to offset the hop barage. Full bodied, with a lovely soft mouthfeel and not offensively bitter at all. I enjoyed this one alot.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Veeery nice. Floral hoppy aroma. Full body does well to balance out the assault of citrus and pine hops in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 22 oz. bottle - Pours an amber color with a thin film of a head. Light carbonation. Has a pungent, floral aroma. The flavor is sweet with some citrus hop flavoring to go along. Has a slight lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Alcohol is noticeable. A good beer.


Had the wet version today. Very nice. Lots of fruit and hops. Just a slight bit astringent. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Sampled at a recent Champaign-Urbana Beer Club meeting. This was the top beer of the night for me. Poured a deep amber with a weak off-white head. Visually not very enticing but let the aroma grab you. HUGE grapefruit nose sings lead with backup provided by caramel, pine, flowers, and herbs. Medium bodied with a smooth and slightly tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was a rush of hops, citrusy bitterness cut with a touch of sweetness. This was very impressive and one Iíd like to get my hands on more frequently.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2006
This is good. HUGE piney aroma that even overwhelms the taste. Itís almost like thereís a hop sitting at the bottom of the bottle. Alcohol well-hidden. This is a truly "unbalanced" IIPA, but unbalanced in a good way. Not citrusy like a Stone, but piney, itís like drinking an evergreen.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
Wildly hoppy nose, opaque orange, tiny custard head. Full on west coast hops flavour. Full bodied, hoppy, bitter as can be. Terrific! Thanks HogTownHarry!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Strong, bitter beer with smooth citrus taste to aid in its consuption. Not the most balanced beer Iíve ever tasted but a delight to enjoy. A solid effort from this brewery that I know little about

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Pours a dark amber clear enough to see laces of carbonated bubbles coming to the top that leaves a thick white lace that is frothy and sticky. The smell is pine, citrus, lemon and lime, grapefruit, honey, and grass. The taste is extremely bitter upfront with a honey sweetness but it is far from balanced. This is a hop bomb fantasticly bitter, although one-sided still very enjoyable and finishes with a musty, grass, bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 7, 2006
Can , nah just being funny. After pour noticed slight haze, white snowy top. Aroma highly accented with strong hop presence, refreshing I should add, good set of hops, mango, and fruity nose. Palate was acidic, hoppy, earthy up front, more of bitter in the middle, earthy bitter finish. Plenty of hops around here. Did I mention that was very hoppy?


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