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RATINGS: 1280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
"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 15/20
Pailhead (6378) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Big citrus hop aroma with tons of grapefruit and a hint of apricot and pineapple. Pours a cloudy orange with a minimal white head. Thin sporadic lacing. The flavor has a light caramel backbone with a hint of apricot. Huge citrusy grapefruit hop finish with a hint of flowers. Hops really lingers in the aftertaste for quite some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Beer pours cloudy dark honey color with a big, thick, totally retained off white head. This is a beautiful beer to gaze upon. Big aroma of grapefruit, a bit of an alcohol blast. Flavor is thick and rich with hops with a bit of a knife edge to them. I guess I am a bit more of a fan of the lighter IPAs, but this is an excellent example of its style. Big and brash, but the flavor are quite well integrated. Sweet caramel flavors and a long finish. Quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Medium gold color with a thin white head. Strong, syrupy lemon citrus and resin notes with pine wood in the aroma. Aggressive, lasting bitterness dominates the flavor along with a deep fresh sticky hop profile. Fairly strong malt components as well to sustain the high, though well-integrated, alcohol character. Extremely long lasting bitter finish--not particularly "crisp" due to being completely loaded with strong hop flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Pours dirty honey w/ full semi spritzy froth. Good hang time. Residual lacing is sticky and thick w/ a full canopy. The heavy aroma of tarred grapefruit rind left some scar tissue behind. Medium to full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Citrus rind upfront w/ almost not enough malt to back it up. Flavors of tar resin, spice, sodium, and dried leather. Not sweet at all. A faint hint of caramel on the finish as it warms while the strict asprin decimates your tastebuds with surgical precision. Overall: This is a classical masterpiece. I appreciate the under-utilized malt characteristic that so many brewers of this genre over use. Hopsickle attacks hard on all fronts but the lack of that gummy, malted backbone renders your palate useless and you know it for sure. Like a jealous woman who keeps her man spent so he doesn’t even have time to think of running around with another. She may be jealous but her effort makes her a good woman indeed =)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
I received this bottle as part of BeerSwap 2.0. I pourd in to my Duvel tulip. Very murky, burnt orange with a sticky rich white head. Wonderful tropical fruit aroma. Very sweet and sugary. Fruit punch. A huge punch of hop flavor, again very much like fruit punch, with a pices of rock candy disolved in it. The palate is full and lusicious. Easily one of my all time faves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Man oh man, at first sip I did not like this at all but as it warmed I began to really enjoy some complexity here. Lots of fruity hops. Grapefruity hops with what seemed like Kiwi or Papaya.Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
Bottled. Slightly hazy orange coloured. Big hoppy aroma. Very hoppy flavour with a bitter finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
pours a vaguely hazy, thick, deep copper-amber, with a light orange-creamsicle head that retains well and leaves good lace. sticky nose full of hop pungence - with less citrus than I would expect. woody, floral sappy pine forest center with a light caramel coating. whoa! big thick malt front rather quickly yeilds to any amazingly dense body full of hop flavor, and a sternly bitter finish. very impressive. big-bodied beer maintains suprising drinkability through its thick body. quite a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Thanks bentley78 for the bottle. Sparkling clear cooper-amber body topped by a frothy yummy looking off-white head. The aroma is extremely intense: grapefruit and some herbalness as well. The flavor is puckeringly full of hoppy goodness. Good malt spine that keeps things together and a good, though not over the top, amount of bitterness. The palate is soft and cleansing. All that is left behind is the essence of a crap load of hops. This is the best beer I have yet had from ths brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2006
22oz bottle: Pours to a mostly clear medium amber colored body with a large, creamy, eggshell colored head that really lasts. The aroma is fresh pine, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of earthy citrus scented hops, along with a mild scent of caramel. The taste is bitter fruity & earthy-citrus hops up front, followed by pine, ripe grapefruit, lemon grass, with almost no malt flavors detectable, and nicely, none of the advertised 9.2% alcohol comes through (though it really seems less to me). Light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes with a brief burst of sweet caramel, then extended bitter floral and pine hop flavors.

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