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RATINGS: 364   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. 20° Plato, Alc. 9.4% by Vol.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (6124) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Big hop aroma that strikes me as the grassy variety. The flavor is big sweet hops that are bitter but not too much and the hops are all citrus. This reminds me of my favorite DIPA - Hopslam - but just not quite as flavorful all around. Very good, though.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Aroma:A nice sweet, mild, fruity aroma. There are kiwi and kumquat flavors, not grapefruit, but still citrusy. Appearance:This amber colored beer is a fair amount darker than the original Mad Hatter. It has a small amount of lacing. Taste:This is a quite potent beer. You get the alcohol burn, you get the massive hops in the foretaste. It’s pretty much straight bitterness without any tartness. This is a even, mellow bitter, that’s not super astringent. It doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste either. The malts are also rather mild, but it sets a nice stage for this huge bitterness play. On subsequent tastes, I get more apricot notes with a lot of sweetness. The hop bitterness keeps sticking with you on the mid and aftertastes, not at all unpleasantly. Palate:The carbonation is wonderful with small bubbles that foam up in my mouth, giving this beer a creamy aspect. Overall:A fantastic example of an Imperial IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Great beer. One of the better IPA’s i’ve had this year. Only tasted it on tap, so not sure how tasty the bottle version will be. Highly recommended for the IPA lovers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Had it on draft at the brew pub. Poured into there 10 oz snifter. Pours mahogony with a very small white head that shrinks away to a very spotty white film on top of the beer. No lacing. The aroma is of caramel and roasted malts along with some floral and citrus hops. The flavor is first off a hint of caramel malt followed by a big hit of citrusy hops and followed by a bitterness that lasts for along time. The mouthfeel is full with a creamy body and soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BroSpud (1719) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2010
12oz bottle. Purchased while travelling. Excellent DIPA! Nice creamy head and great flavor without an overwhelming alcohol taste despite the high abv. Up there with some of my favorites like Pliny or Dogfish 90. Well done.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Flemingo1 (3) - Lake Orion, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2012 does not count
caramel, resin, floral, alcohol, woody, cloudy, hazy, heavy cloying sweetness, sticky, Overall a wonderful Imperial IPA!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Draft at Jerry’s. Amber with big, foamy beige head / Nose of brown sugar, dry hops, and citrus / Medium body, sweet & chewy, with big malts eclipsing the biting hops on the slightly hot finish / Flavors of brown sugar, cut pine, grapefruit, chalk, and violets / A big, malty 2ipa. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5871) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2009
22 oz’er ... A nice bright orange-red beer with a sticky top. The aroma is bright and citrusy and thick, but this drinks with a surprising mellowness, while still delivering a big hop component over a solid malt base. Delicious! (#3579, 7/10/2009)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Amber-colored, clear with a great head that clings to the glass. Citrus hops, some pine and herbal aromas, fruity esters a little pineapple. The palate is smooth and slick, lasting finish. Very drinkable. The flavor is filled with juicy hops, starting soft, but finishing dry and assertive. A really nice malt backbone to balance. This is a fantastic DIPA. Great balance. Hop-head’s delight.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dandeman321 (11) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Great aroma and appearance, taste is near perfect but has a bit of a weird aftertaste.


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