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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTown (127) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2006
On tap from the Mad Hatter days at the brewery. I am not normally an Imperial fan, but this offering had less of a hop hit than most. Refreshing, but I would not have more than one at a sitting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Growler. Thanks to Scott and Emily. Deep copper with small, frothy white head. Hoppy nose with notes of pine and grass. Medium body with light carbonation. The flavor held some hops bitterness. A pleasant drink. Sampled the same night with a growler of Founders Harvest Ale. Quite frankly, the Founders came across as more of an Imperial/Double IPA than did this. Odd.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Not at all what I was expecting. When poured it was much darker than I thought it would be, much thicker, and much less hoppy. I was waiting for the big green grassy grapefruit pine and resin kick that so many big IPAs have been demonstrating as of late. Instead I was greeted by more malt pressence, many layers of it I might add, than I had expected. Others before me are right, the flavors in this are in fact all over the place....but I like it that way. It holds one’s attention. It is an ever evolving beer as you drink it and doesn’t over power your palate. I might even dare to say that this beer is more of a study in bring some balance to the world of extreme beers rather than going bigger for the sake of going big. I plan to revisit this in the near future.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Aroma is very well balanced. Malty, pine and citrus hops, and perhaps a bit farty and kool-aid sweet. Taste is pine, citrus hops, and tons of residual sugar, left over gravity; malt. This is a sweet beer. Not my style of DIPA at all, but the flavors are not bad and there are not any glaring flaws. Finish is slightly astringent and sour with a hop bitterness that lingers. Okay.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1392) - Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
This starts with an aroma of biscuity malts, with a hint of pine hop in the back. Pours a nice reddish-amber, with a big fluffy white head. Slick and oily mouthfeel, not as hoppy as I would expect. A decent bitterness, and a touch of pine and citrus, with a caramel finish. Not the best DIPA, but a drinkable one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2009
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured amber with a white head. aroma of pine and citrus with the flavor being the same. had low carbonation with a nice slick feeling.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (874) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Big beer. Sorta harsh alcohol flavor at first which I think might have fried my palate. Seemed to get considerably smoother and piney as things went along. Would like to try again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5621) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
( 22oz bomber thanks to blutt59) Pours clear orange with ok head and good lacing. Nose of citrus hops and alcohol. Taste of biscuits, malt, peppery/hot with more light citrusy hops here. Thick and syrupy body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4117) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. The smell is hops, pine, and a little light. The look is copper colored with a whitish head. The taste is some bitterness, hops, and pine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
A decent tasting IIPA. Aroma was good. All citrus hops and nothing else. Pour was a nice dark gold with no bubbles and a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was good also. Mostly grapefruit hot hops with a slight caramel malt backbone. Very little carbonation that leaves the beer early which killed the beer for me. Not as thick and syrupy as some of this style which makes the beer refreshing as well as strong.


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