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"In celebration of the Hop. . . . This is a "Hop" tribute, worthy of a Kingís 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle: Vibrant orangish caramel, soft haze, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing, little carbonation.   Strong resiny hop nose, smells like a kicker.   Quite a strong hop kick up front, but it seems to settle quickly.   However, after the finish the mouth begins to water heavily and you start to pucker.   Seems a bit unbalanced, geared obviously to the hopped side.   Big body and mouthfeel.   Finish is a touch too hot, but is still enjoyable.   This might be a 2Ĺ IPA or a IIIPA as far as I am concered.   I consider myself somewhat of a hop head, but this one just makes you salivate and pucker up.   Malt needs to be brought up a notch to balance it out me thinks.   Still enjoyable tho.   Thanks Bob!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Live/real ale. Most vendors just stick it on the shelf, but with this level of hops and alcohol, it is a survivor. Strong citrus influence, but itís hops all the way. If anyone has aged this, Iíd like to hear how it turned out. Too tempting for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty wtih tons of piney hop notes and a slight touch of grapefruit. Full bodied, dry and suprisingly smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Another fine Imperial/Double IPA in the California style. This beer is notably hoppy, of course, citrusy, and bitter. However, there is more than enough malt flavor to balance out the hops. You either like this style or you donít, and I like it in the right doses. A respectable example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
gold copper color with very little lacing. strong hoppy aroma and a deliciously hoppy flavor with hints of spice and a little malt. Hints of carmelized sugar/candy through-out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Malts used were more roasted than I had expected - think expectations had to do with both the name and the packaging, as the bottle had a green screening that made me invision a total immersion in hops. The hops are clearly there, but more as an abrupt stop in the finish following the grainy, roasted malts. Very good, quite enjoyable, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Filtered clearity in amber color with thin layers of suds atop. Tangerine hop nose bending towards grassy. Balanced but big hop flavors flow..the caramelly sweetness of the malt brings out the resiny hop flavors which cause fireworks of candied fruitness. Did i say bitter...but balanced? Bitter but balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 note added 1/29/2009: Iím not sure why the wet hopsickle is listed as an alias of this beer. I had them side by side and they taste different. I had this brew at Dr. BIllís 12 Hour Beer extravaganza in Anaheim, CA on August 20, 2005. Thanks, Dr. Bill. Very dry hoppy, nice but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Straight sweet hops aroma. Not sugar sweet, but pine-y sweet. Almost smells like the pitch you get on your gloves after stacking firewood. Coloring is more amber than IPA, but, then again, itís a double. Flavor is straight hops, no balance. This reminds me of the Siletz Spruce Ale. Flavor is like eating a tree. Not that Iíve ever done that. Mouthfeel is thick, in the sense that it overwhelms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Very Grapefruit juice looking beer. Nice High alpha floral nose with some pine and fittingly grapefruit aromas. Very resinous and oily. Some mild ripe white fruit notes from the malt and a good round soft oily mouthfeel. Much better than the white Knuckle.

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