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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9518) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Murky, amber ale with a frothy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose is a medley of pine, wood and grapefruit with barely a suggestion of menthol. The flavor delivers tons of earthy and fruity hop flavor. Lots of Columbus and Cascade evergreen and grapefruit. Decent balance due to moderate bitterness supported by a sturdy, caramelly, malt backbone. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. Finishes lightly sweet, medium bitter and bone dry. World class effort! Thanks to DarkElf for shipping the bottle my way!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
22oz bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, and caramel. Talk about a hoppy aroma (although the malt backbone was there). Tastes of pine, citrus, caramel and grapefruit. Some alcohol in the finish. For an IIPA, I would have expected more of a malt balance - don’t get me wrong though, I still really enjoyed this one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Thanks to dickinsonbeer... Appears an amber with a small off white head and scattered lacing. Smell is of biscuit malt, sugary pine, and intense caramel and grapefruit. Taste is of caramel, pine hops, citrus, and a bit of a bitter blast. Mouthfeel is sugary rich, full bodied, bitter orange peel. Nice beer but it’s just a bit overkill of hops that needs some more balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4541) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer. Pours a golden amber with an average medium off white spotty lacing head. Aroma was very in your face orange and floral hops wiht a sweet caramel malt balace. Flavor was not as intense as teh aroma. But still a huge hop presence. More of a piney hop flavor. But still had that solid malt balance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Poured an amber color with a medium sized, off white head, that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, piney hops, caramel malts, and some tropical fruits as well. Taste of more pine and citrus, light spices, raw grapefruit bitterness, and light spices as well. A fair amount of alcohol was detected.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
After sampling Pliny the Younger, this one REALLY paled in comparison. To be fair this is a very good brew. A bit of a sweet nose with malt and major hops coming out to play. Taste is hops of course but suprisingly not too overblown almost to a fault. I guess I expect my Imperial IPA’s to really be something special and while this was very good, I don’t think it has gotten there yet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Pours a transparent copper orange with a thick, frothy, well-lacing and long-lasting head. Aroma is bursting with fresh, green, piney, and grapefruity hops well balanced with some mild toasted caramel notes. I like these Tomahawk hops! Body starts with a nice sticky caramel sweetness smothered with a ton of flavor hops and lots of piney bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with lots of sticky hop resin. A very nice double IPA. Many thanks to wohlfs for sending this to me!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
(Bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a descent creamy off-white head and excellent lacing. Beautiful bouquet of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. Chewy toasted malt body with bitter hops finish. Nicely balanced hops & malt flavor, but was anticipating more juiciness after experiencing the nose.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Lovely auburn hue, thoroughly hazed, with a sturdy, creamy head, ...nice looking IPA. Nose is a blistering blitz of hops, big, fat pine resin, slick, dripping citrus, grapefruit and mango, with orange and lemon and lime...rollicking in a pine forest with a cornucopia of fruit rolling through the leaves and the needles...yum...me likey...just the thing for me. Fresh, and flush with flavor. Huge taste, floods the mouth, and stretches this hophead’s lips into a mega-smile, yes, it does. Amble malt carries the thick delicious and bitter hop attack happily along the palate and delivers the drinker into bliss. Yum, again... Big body, thick texture, long, hoppy, bitter, fruity finish. Non-stop hop attack. Exactly what you want from a Double IPA. Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial. 9.2% abv. Dang, this is a great brew from a class act outfit. I would suck this up aplenty if I had easy access to it. You lucky West Coasterers! Damn you to Hell!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Fruity, floral hop aroma. Nice. Hazy, orange amber in color. Yellowish, off-white head. Steady carbonation and excellent lace. Very hoppy profile but very well balanced. Perhaps not as good as Double Bastard, but very well done. Not as harshly bitter as some IIPAs. Really excellent. Peppery, piney hops, but has a creaminess to it. Moylan’s nailed this one.


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