SpongeRuiner (738) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought I might like this one because I am a fan of the regular Hatter IPA. But this version seemed a little forced. A cheap alcohol flavor. Much rather have the non imperial.
Gachupines (903) - USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is a little sweet, with a little bit of vanilla. Flavor is very sweet with a bit of vanilla oak. Some pine hops are in there, but they’re a bit overwhelmed.
deaconmike (385) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Clear copper with off white head and good lacing. Aroma is subdued - piney hops and caramel malt. Taste is bitter as you would suspect, but balanced by plenty of caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a little chewy/foamy. A good, but not spectacular DIPA.
rangerred (928) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. Really good head retention but just ok lacing.
The aroma is a little weak on this one. A nice tropical fruit note with some tangerine and pineapple along with just a touch of grape. Maybe just a little bit of toast from the malt.
The flavor picks up more on these fruity characteristics and there is more Earth than in the aroma. A little dankness comes through too. Some caramel and toast from the malt along with a whiff of alcohol. A fairly thick mouthfeel along with a sticky finish.
Overall, a decent IIPA but it is still fairly run of the mill. Glad I picked it up but it is probably not something I would pick up again.
EtTuCthulhu (1055) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew has an opaque dark orange color with a small white head, and the aroma combines the scents of caramel malts and resin and floral hops. The taste is quite bitter, slightly sour, and a touch sweet, and the palate fuses a sticky texture, medium body, slightly bitter finish, and a soft carbonation.
MattyKakes (93) - Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Michigan..huh? You are alright in my book. I love the upper peninsula. Anyways, this is a satisfying imperial. You know.. that strong IPA your taste buds are waiting for. Go for it! That’s what it’s there for. Enjoy;)
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Twisted Jimmy’s. Nice hoppy aroma. Spicy and piney with mild sweet caramel and toffee. Deep coppery amber clear with thin head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts somewhat sweet, sugar and caramel. Big hoppy flavor with smooth after and a bit of warming.
Freaky_tiki (560) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage pours dark but has a thin oily cap that makes me think this may be slightly off. Looks more like a bitter than an ipa. Aroma is muted. The malts hit the tongue first & is followed by a strong slap of alcohol. Hops are muted & I’m thinking the balance is off here. I’m also thinking this bottle is off. Would love to try another vintage to see if my hunch is correct but living from Canada excludes me (unless y’all wanna do a swap).
hondajunkie (89) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 vintage. 12oz. Bottle poured from a $9.99 4pk brought @ Walt’s in their new craft beer section into a Duvel tulip. Pours a dark red amber leaving a tan head with some sticky lacing. Aromas of, well just malt mostly. ...a hint of pine. Tastes of caramel malt, some slight hop bitterness on the end. Nothing else. Totally disappointed. Hoping for a nice citrus hop nose& flavor but sadly that was completely absent. Bad batch? Old stock? Don’t know for sure but tasted and smelled like an IPA past it’s due.
blackflag321 (486) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle in snifter. Dark amber/orange. Caramel malt, light on hops and bitterness. High ABV is apparent and the flavor doesn’t stand up to it.