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RATINGS: 1235   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2552) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Medium statured head, retention is good, lace is thick, coating and lasting. Hazey amber hued ale. Lucious hop nose, citrus, pine with some light metallic notes too boot. Body is med/full, a touch oily, resiny with a medium acidity. Hops up front in the middle and end! Lotsa pine, citrus, melon with notes of honey and mint. Just a dusting of caramel malts under the rather large hop blanket. Dry, hoppy finish and one helluva bite! Now thats one big DIPA!! love it! Cliff, you are the man! Thanks buddy!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2006
Whoa!!! talk about hops, right from the first hiss. Some citrus, pine, Sweetness. oily on the lips. Great brew! I couldn’t do it everyday though!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy copper with a medium off white head. WOW, big hops, aroma is filled with grapefruit. This may be the hoppiest aroma I have encountered. Flavor is more of the same, grapefruit, maybe some other citrus as well, but man this is bitter all the way through and it lingers for quite a while. Medium body and this is a little harsher than I would care for, but overall very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Hazy copper pour with off-white head. The nose is grapefruit and grapefruit peel with some malt and some earthy yeast in the background. The flavor starts bitter and ends bitter, though some sweet malts in the background show up as the beer warms. Too, a slight note of orange is detectable.The finish is moderate and bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Murky copper pour with a creamy, one inch head. Fabulous fresh hop aroma - sweet grapefruit and orange as well as lighter notes of rose and perfume. Medium bodied beer with a solid caramalt back. Crystally sweet malts and citrusy hops intermingle, but are overcome with extreme bitterness in the finish. Rather rindish, sour and piney - which disrupts the flow of this otherwise smooth drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle given to me so generously by Dickensonbeer. Pours translucent copperish brown with a nice butterscotch colored head and lively carbonation. Nice aroma of citrusy and piney hops. Initial flavor is semi sweet with the fruitiness of the hops dominating the taste buds. That quickly transitions to a very bitter, dry, resiny finish that lingers on and on. Alcohol is well hidden. A real hop bomb here. Once you drink this, your palate is shot for the night. Whew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Tap at Toronado. Wonderful example of the IIPA style. Pours amber withan average head. Aromas of grapefruit and apple. Flavors of hops, flowerds and fruit. fairly complex with a not too bitter finish. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9876) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 courtesy of Per Samuelsson - foaming nervously out of the bottle; pours a very cloudy reddish-brown colour under a firm, creamy beige head; impressive hoppy nose showing strong aroma of flowers, apricot and cream; oily (but not heavy) mouthfeel and very bitter; the finish is very long, even more bitter, very dry, showing more flowery and fruity notes - a beautiful and very assertive hop soap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 2, 2006
22oz bottle-Peach orange hue with a sudsy off-white topping with sluggish carbonation. Nose is full of resinous hops-over the top pine, grapefruit, resin and pinecones. Flavors start out sweet and lightly fruity with a finish of huge piney and resinous hops. big tingle on the tongue with these priclkly hop notes. Doesnt really have the characteristics i would put with a IIPA. it doesnt have any citric quality other than the grapefruit. I guess since its high ABV and lots of hops, that puts it in the IIPA category. I would just call it as the bottle says-imperial ale. Palate is lush and hides the alcohol very nicely. bitterness is probably around the 150ibu range (reminds me of Old Crusty in some ways). Very nice brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Color is a hazy orange with a nice frothy off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with heavy citrus notes and caramel. Taste is a strong but at the same time subtle hoppiness, has a very nice fruit accent that you usually don’t see. Chewy mouthfeel.

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