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RATINGS: 1257   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!


4.2
   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 I’d 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 (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2006
This is good. HUGE piney aroma that even overwhelms the taste. It’s almost like there’s 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, it’s 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 I’ve 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 (6681) - 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?

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle. Pours an orange-brown body with a small white head. The aroma is concentrated orange oil AND pure pine juice...also some yeast and essentially quite floral. Flavour profile is quite sharp and piney - some sweet malt but it really takes the back seat to the juicy hops. Alcohol is well hidden and it makes this reasonably drinkable. A beer best drunk in small doses...

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle shared by Hogtown Harry with the regular fine folks on Canada Day ’06. Medium orange, small white head. Wow, so many hops in aroma - very pine/tree like - lots of herbs too - sweet and lovely. Taste is very bitter and very dry, with even more linger than initial taste. Medium body, alcohol well hidden, this is exactly as advertised. As Greg said earlier, we probably should be tired of these hop monsters by now, but it just isn’t happening!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle shared with the usual suspects - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Hazy golden-orange with a small head. Oh yeah, this is hoppy - aroma of orange, grapefruit, spruce & tea - and maybe I’m just imagining it because of the name, but I swear that I get some creamsicle notes off the nose as well. Flavour is just as hopped up as the aroma - but even so, it’s very drinkable, and hides that 9.2% amazingly well. I really should be sick of these hop-monsters by now, but I just can’t seem to get enough of them...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with GregClow, tupalev, DougShoemaker, mds, Radek and others - my bottle via trade with SDBruBoy. Poured hazy orange with a smallish bubbly white head. There’s sweet malt backing up the aroma of this one, and maybe a hint of the 9.2%, but this is about the HOPS. My God this is hoppy - they’re all here, sharp, resiny, spruce/pine, citrus, some somewhat funky ones - Radek pointed out there’s so much alpha in there, it can’t help but seem a bit sour. Oh, and a hint of grain in the finish. Taste - well, even more about the hops - the malt fades into the background, this could be 2% alcohol for all I could taste - just wave after wave of grapefruit pith / lemon seed / resiny hop medley, and it takes a long, long time to finish. Decent body, astringent to the extreme, and even acidic, acceptably carbonated. A hop-head’s delight.


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