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RATINGS: 1257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (982) - 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 (4545) - 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 (3858) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 12, 2005
22oz bottle from Darkefl! Pours a dark copper color with a silky, frothy off white head. nose is sweet grapefruit, lots of orange peels, and some caramel. Taste is malty and thick. Good amounts of caramel and some citrus notes as well. Finishes soft with almost no bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Pine, hops, citrus aroma. Amber color. Definite "super hoppy taste." Not the best IPA I’ve ever had, but one worth having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle at Bootopia. Aroma was awesome, sweet hops,pine and citric backed up with some nice toast malt. Pour was amber with a pillowy ivory head. Flavor really jumps at you as the hops really hit wave after wave, finishing with just enough malts to make a smile come to your face. Palate was nice finish was a nice citrus hop. Overall this was yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7644) - 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.

   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!!

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