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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vir4030 (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2011 Pours a clear golden amber with a thick sponge off white head. Aroma is quite hoppy. Flavor is also, but smooth and not bitter. Slight taste of roasted malts.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - APR 29, 2013
Vintage 2011. The hop aroma is fresh, citrus grapefruit, bitter pine hops and baked bread toffee malt, bittersweet malt finish. Well balanced and fresh aroma in a 2011 bottling. Ages well. Would love to try this fresh.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (980) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2013
The orange amber colored body was clear, and the pour formed three ginger thick head. The carbonation looked subdued. The aroma was very tropical, with mango, peach, and papaya smells. There were also spicy and herbal notes in the nose. The taste was quite intense, as the spicy hops battled with the very sweet malt base. The result was not unlike sucking on a cinnamon flavored red hot. The alcohol was very warming as well, and the mouthfeel was sticky. This was a typical east coast style DIPA, with complex malt bill, lots of herbal hops, but no bracing bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4033) - Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Pours barely translucent dark honey golden-brown with a thin buff head. Hoppy aroma had a strong citrus note and a malty underpinning. Strongly hoppy flavor has firm fruity notes, cotrus and apple, plus malty and caramel hints. Fairly firm texture is rather fizzy. Put on yer Imperial hat!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bcb07 (19) - - AUG 17, 2012
Very good beer. Very nice balance, not overly bitter. Very smooth considering the abv. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2013
Great palate, aromatic but the hop nose doesn’t follow through as much as I expected in the mouth. No alcohol noticeable which is surprising at 9.4%.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattyKakes (112) - Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
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;)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (871) - - 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.


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