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RATINGS: 1224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11925) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2188) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2005
2005, 22 oz bottle, thanks to secret santa! a nice light amber, just like i like my IPA’s, and a huge hops aroma of mostly cascades, but probably centennials too (the cascades’ bigger brother). really nicely balanced malt body, but otherwise i just wish there were MORE to it. still a great brew overall, thanks santa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 22oz bottle bought at John’s Marketplace. Slightly hazy orange body with a creamy light tan head. The smell, of course, is the hook on this thing... so rich, creamy, lightly spicy hop cone explosion... it’s a circus of sweet melon, spicy orange and pineapple and sweet lemongrass. The best IPA/IIPA nose I’ve ever had. First touch on the lips is lightly active, then more rotund and harsh across the middle, ending a little smoother than it suggests, with a residual sticky sweet honey and hop coating. Flavorwise it doesn’t really blow me away - it’s a little too caustic, and really the problem I have with double IPAs as a whole is the nails-down-the-throat abrasiveness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Shared with and courtesy of owner @ Najas. Poured a hazy amber with and orange tint and huge extremly long lasting off-white head. Huge hop aroma. Citrusy and earthy and even floral. Hop flavors through and through but has a very nice balance with the caramel malt. Long bitter dry finish. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Great IPA from Moylans. More Hops than Moylander but similar. Bottled............................

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2005
This bomber was traded to me by BA RedwoodGeorge along with its sister beer White Knuckle DIPA. This one was poured into a imperial pint glass for the purpose of the review, where it came of light copper in color, with a thick beige foam leaving gobs of lacing with each sip. Smell was subdued for a west coast breweries product, with more of an earthy English hop profile and some alcohol in the nose. Taste was bit too well balanced with the hops not quite having a knock back punch, and as a result sweet fruity malts being permitted to show off flavors of pear, pineapple, and mandarin orange. The hops that were present were more spicy and grassy than bitter. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than average, which might have been the result of the airy carbonation. Very drinkable and light DIPA had nothing particularly wrong with it, but I liked White Knuckle’s take no prisoners approach to the style a lot better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 Grapefruit, grassy, green, leafy, somewhat vegetal hop nose. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a low, fine bubbled, white head that recedes to cover with some nice lacing. Grassy, vegetal, grapefruit hops in the flavour with assertive hop bitterness and sweet, toasty supporting malt base. Medium light body is quite dry with very lively carbonation that prickles the tongue. Bottle sampled at DenverLogan’s pre-GABF party 2005. Resampled May-09 and score adjusted upwards though comments are largely similar. Still find it a bit vegetal and initial bitterness is quite harsh. Original score 7-4-7-3-14=3.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Aroma of pine needles, like a Christmas with Bing Crosby, It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas. A swirl gives it a nice head. Red, cherry juice color, with brown. Classic big hop aroma, and the flavor, characteristically of such a concoction, is less interesting. Although there are pine vs. floral vs. citrus differences among hoppy beers, does one really need that to know what you’re going to get with a beer such as this?

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