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RATINGS: 1225   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!


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6119) - 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 (5946) - 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 (989) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 The aroma is quite raw and hoppy, I get notes of pine, light citrus and a nice floral note. The beer is served just cool, which is perfect. The beer pours with a frothy creamy light tan colored head and is a rich amber hue. The nose has notes of grapefruit and is just so pungent and hoppy. The taste is soft and creamy, yet still aggressively hoppy. There is some very nice malt here as well, though it is of course muted and in the background, but it helps to bring out fruity citrus hop notes of tangerine, grapefruit and orange. The finish is hot and bitter, but with in the boundaries for this lover of hops. In the end this beer is soft & smooth, yet biting & aggressive, wonderfully floral, aromatic and a nice citrus character.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Thanks to Crosling for sharing this- Pours a dark amber color, small white head with a slight green tint. Aroma is pure resinous hops, almost "high grade marijuana" in aroma, dank and piney. This is a true ode to the hop.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2005
(22oz bottle) Beautiful off-white head atop a clear copper body. Lovely lacing. Aroma is quite rich, medium sweet, pine, grapefruit, light pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, grapefruit, some caramel, orange, light chocolate. Creamy, medium-full body with resin galore, plus some alcohol. Definitely a keeper!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle. A dark hazy rich amber color with a tan head. This beer just looks rich and delightful. Grassy hops, grapefruit, and pine aroma. The aromatic hops float above the glass. Oily and rich, the caramel and malts drip with hop resin to pack a respectully intense hoppy beer. Although clearly high in alcohol content, it doesn’t push itself too far. Well balanced, although not in the upper tier of double IPAs.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Brick colored liquid. Unbelievably big, sprucey and floral hop aroma, with huge resins, pine and wet forest. Just a monstrous hop aroma. Insanely big body and texture, with a creamy and sticky texture. Caramel and toffee malt flavors in a big fashion, with a perfect hop bill, giving the perfect amount of bitterness and flavor. Perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, hop flavor and malt flavors. Totally RAW and awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Filmy head. Clear dark orange. Big hop aroma, resin and sticky piney hops. Taste carries big and full sweet hops. Slightly nutty, earthy. Mouthfeel is sticky, coating. Finish is a little dry, bitter hops, pretty clean. Excellent example of a west coast IIPA.


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