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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!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 ’05 bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer at Bootopia. Amber color with a good size off white head. Amazing hop aroma! Piney, citrusy with a fair amount of malt in the background. Flavor starts off all hops(piney), then some sweet malt before finishing lightly bitter with some more hops. Really well made IIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this.

Tasted side-by-side with Dreadnaught. Poured a honey amber with a creamy white head. Aroma of sharp piney hops. Taste is lots of piney hops with a touch of sweetness and a dry bitter finish. The flavor didn’t seem as well developed or as sharp as Dreadnaught, but this an excellent IIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a reddish hue and a nice light beige head. Huge grapefruit and pine aroma with some tropical fruit (pineapple) underneath. Resiny, grapefruit flavor with rich malt backing and a bit of caramel. Full bodied. Hops linger. Some alcohol present.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Yum! Had this on draft at Southern Sun’s 2nd annual Hop Harvest. This was one of the guest beers on tap 10/17. Great beer! This one is like drinking liquid hops...give me an IV!! I’ve only tasted one other beer more hoppy and that was an Oggies brew that I cannot recall the name of. Keep this one on the menu please!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Thanks to Dr. Bill for introducing this beer to myself as well as everyone else at Logans at GABF 05. I loved this beer so much I had to trade for it. Big thanks to Davecooks for sending me 4 bottles of this stuff. My favorite DIPA by far. Pour is surprisingly clear medium amber with a real nice lasting head and a kickass lace. Aroma is what does if for me with this beer. Dr. Bill himself said to me that this would be the best smelling DIPA I had ever smelled. He was right. Great fucking aroma. Pure pine and mint aroma to the extreme. Flavor is dominated by a shitload of tomahawk hops I guess because it is a hop quality that is seldom seen in other IPA’s. Just a lot of pine and mint all the way through, but a decent amount of clean light caramel malt. Perfect smooth palate, balanced with malt and hops but obviously more on the hops side, which is great. The bitter finish isnt as harsh as I would have expected, as there is plenty of real clean crystal malt. The best DIPA in the world.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2005
pours dark red with a small head. smells sweet, piney, hoppy, grassy, everything you would come to expect in an IIPA. ive had a couple of these beers brewed by these guys and i remember i was impressed. this one sureley stands out as one of the, if not the top beers they brew. taste is just an explosion of hops and floral tastes. this was a damn fine iipa, and a good reminder as to why this is my 2nd favorite style of beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Spectacular floral aromas are limey, perfumey and monstrously oily while the caramel malts can barely take it. Appearance is a dulled golden, clear and displaying a more than honest rocky white head that diminishes fully. Becomes harsh from the first sip, peachy, melony and pineapple induced astringence that contradicts the heavy sweetness. Rather flat, boring mouthfeel would fit a hard liquor as the alcohol takes a lot of place. Extremely bitter, quite astringent. Some people would love it..

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 RERATE: Bottle and served in IPA tulip: Appearance the same as is the aroma. I liked the flavor profile much more this time, while still intensely bitter there is at least some biscuity malt attempting to gain balance. My overall impression is much better but this is hardly among the better of the style. F:+2, O: +2

Original review (3.2): Bottle opened at Dr. Bill’s party at the Falling Rock:

Light coppery hue with a small but lasting head and very good lace. The aroma has big hop character out the arse of pineapple, pine, clove and pepper notes. Additional bready, toffee, and phenolic esters. Biting heavy resin taste to knock you down with a minimal amount of balance, a bit too much bitterness and citric qualities and too little of anything else. Sticky feel but still quite aggressive and sharp on the edges. Could of should of beer, I do wish to do a rerate on a fresher palate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
Couleur ambrée et translucide surmontée d’une bonne quantité de mousse blanche concassée et persistante. Arômes très houblonnés juxtaposant fleurs, résine et agrumes. Flaveurs de caramel et de biscuits confèrent une touche modérée de sucre et supportent à merveille toutes les saveurs de conifères, de résines et d’orange. Finale très amère et plaisante rencontre un léger mordant d’alcool. Texture crémeuse, corps d’épaisseur de moyenne à pleine. Très bien fait !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Orange amber with a small off-white head. Rich resinous piney hop aroma. Citrus, pine, and explosive floral hop flavors with a slight bracing of caramel and related malt flavor. Finish is doughy malt and residual hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly dry.


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