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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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. 20° Plato, Alc. 9.4% by Vol.


2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
pkbites (724) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Foamy, cloudy copper with a head that dies quickly. Grapefruit aroma punch in the face. Very bitter with a very bitter aftertaste, but the aftertaste dies quickly. High alcohol is virtually undetectable. Finish is surprisingly dry with pine nuts and slight caramel. On tap @ 3 Cellars in Franklin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2010
The Mad Hatter was insane because he ate paint chips or something? Anyway, the dude on the bottle is creepy! Pours a deep bright orange color with a foamy head and lively carbonation. Flavor is soft and somewhat toasty malts, mildly sweet and sugary, followed by an assertive but not overwhelming dose of hops. Hops are mildly citric. Finish is lingering and slightly dry. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwm1034 (710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle from Binnys. Pours a 2 finger head with nice lacing. Cloudy orange color...very nice. Nose is pure hops; taste is also hoppy but ’hot hoppy’...booze is obvious; hot.Astringent hoppy finish...hops linger. Overall this a good, not great IPA with too much bitter from the alcohol and not from the hops. Many are better and more bitter...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Pours orange/brown with a nice off white head. Aroma is big citrusy, spicy hop. Flavor is full of citrusy, resiny hop with a nice bitter finish. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - JUL 22, 2011
seems like this has to be citra hops. just overwhelming citrus acidic flavor. has enough malt to balance it better that the normal hatter. worth a try but not very complex....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2011
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with an off white head that is very thick and lasting. Aroma is resinous and floral with notes of citrus. The taste is straightforward citrus and piney, but nice malt balance. The beer works really well, and gives a nice flavor profile, while not being overly complex. The palate is full bodied, the finish is short, and there is nice lacing on the glass. Overall, this is a solid brew that is great with food. Cannot go wrong here. Does what is out to do well, without trying to be all over the place.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
osu97gp (677) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours a nice dark red-brown with a medium sized off-white/tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts with hints of alcohol as well. Flavor of roasted and caramel malts with some hops at the finish. I wish there were just a bit more hops, but this is still a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (676) - Minnesota, USA - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (670) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a very murky amber. Small off white head. Mild pine aroma. Flavor is very well balance between the grapefruit bitterness and the caramel sweetness. Hops are very mutted, maybe due to the age. Thick, mildly sticky, palate. Very enjoyable, but not worth $5.50 I paid for a bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (660) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2015
Aroma is sweet and hoppy, peaches with grapefruit. Taste is actually on the sweeter side, but it grows on you and slowly turns over to the hoppier side. This beer made me really happy, and that was not really expected. Maybe that’s the key thing with many beers, expect nothing and get positively surprised? A really good Imperial IPA.


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