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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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A robust renovation of the India Pale Ale. Assertive dry-hoppying provides an aromatic telltale nose, indicative of the bitter symphony to follow. Bold hop character with lively grapefruit and citrus notes. 20į Plato, Alc. 9.4% by Vol.


auerbrau's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 7, 2009
22oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Strong, near-barleywine hop perfume for an aroma. Dense and a good bit caramel. Floral, resiny, and backed with alcohols. Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber, with a nice white head. Flavor is a spicy version of hops. Saffron, black peppercorn, cardamom, and a bit of mace. Very sticky. This is very drinkable, considering itís heft. The alcohols rise quickly and bring many resins, pine cones, and morning flowers to the nose. Lots of grapefruit. Smacks very dry and long, with satisfying bitterness to play off the caramels. Excellent! Another Michigan Imperial IPA that I think can hold itís own against the West Coast versions.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (535) - - SEP 21, 2014
Bomber. Citrus hop aroma with notes of grapefruit acidity. Pours dark copper colored with a big off white head with good retention and some lacing. Starts with a bit of caramel, but is quickly overtaken by the grapefruit citrus and piney hops. Finishes dry with hop bitterness but balances well so it's not overpowering. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3408) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Draft at Taco Mac Lindbergh. Pours orange-amber with a thin white head that quickly disappears. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. No getting much on the nose except a faint leafy hop note. Has some citrus on the tongue but feels subdued. Finished clean. Kind of boring for style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Pour is a murky orange with a large white head. Aroma is a decent pungent hop with a bit of sweet malt. Flavor is an ok hop but itís followed by a very heavy and cloying sweet malt. Thick mouthfeel with some molasses sugary sweet malt. Here is another IPA that has way too much malt presence and after awhile this hops lose their mojo and it turns into a malt heavy bomb.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1319) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
22oz bottle. 2014 vintage. Doesnít have a bottled on date, assuming kind of old, was on the clearance rack for $2.29. Slightly floral hops, can tell this is a past itís prime IPA, actually comes off slightly barleywineish. Definitely below average for a double IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1313) - - AUG 6, 2014
Served on tap in a snifter Appearance Ė The beer is served a hazy orange color with a two finger head of billowy foam atop the brew. As the brew sits the head fades rather slowly leaving a fantastic level of white foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell - The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a grapefruit and pine smell along with a little bit of a bready aroma. A moderate amount of a caramel smell as well as a little bit of a tropical fruit aroma are there as well, producing a malty and moderately hopped aroma overall. Taste - The taste begins with a very smooth bready and doughy flavor along with a little bit of a grapefruit citrus hop and a moderate level of sweeter fruits of tangerine and pineapple as well as some caramel. As the taste advances the grapefruit increases a bit, but never gets too strong. Along with the grapefruit comes some pine hop flavors along with the sweeter fruit flavor that was present upfront fading some. Toward the end, the hops get moderately strong, but never all that powerful and with the doughty and bready flavors remaining rather strong and a light herbal flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a smooth and moderately hopped malty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the big bready flavors the thick body is rather nice and it does help accentuate the hop a bit more, which is needed, as it is a bit too low for the Imperial IPA style. Overall - Decent in flavor, but somewhat lacking in hops. A little too thick and malty with not enough hop to be classified as an imperial IPA. A nice drinker, but overall rather not really what I am looking for in an imperial IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2663) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
On tap at the Daily Growler. Copper orange pour with light tan head. Aroma of dank pine, citrus. Tastes are citrus, pine, toast. Strange sour bitter. Covers alcohol well. 7.2

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (411) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Tasted on tap at New Holland Brewing. It poured a hazy amber with a small off white head and fairly solid lacing. Fruity hop aroma (grapefruit with a hint of peach) and a malty hop taste. This one is defiantly hitting the spot.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Malt aroma with a light amount of resin hop. Hazy orange color. Sweet beginning with a light bitter finish. Light palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (378) - - JUL 5, 2014
Tap at happy gnome. 10oz. Dark orange with good head and lacing. Grapefruit and hop aroma. Heavy pine grapefruit and alcohol. Finished slightly syrupy and sugar and leaves hop alcohol. Lots of flavor but wanted a tiny more depth and better body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1042) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Pours a dark gold/amber with a decent sized off white head that settles to a thick ring and a film, leaving just a few touches of spotty lace. Nose involves pine, citrus, stone fruit, some caramel and honey, toasted malt, spice. Itís not a huge nose, but thatís fine with me. Pretty sweet, quite bitter though. Medium to full bodied, oily, pretty active, with a lengthy drying resinous hop bitter finish. Enjoyable, not legendary, but do they all have to be legendary? Well constructed, balanced, and even somewhat refreshing despite its size.


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