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RATINGS: 349   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1800) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
12 oz bottle from Archer Liquors. Poured a dirty transparent brown with some head and lace. Mild grainy sweet aroma. Flavor is nice earthy bitterness backed by an odd sweetness. Finishes slightly crisp and grassy. Interesting take on an IIPA but not to my likings.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Draft at Revolution. Pours a mostly clear gold/copper with lasting sticky head. Nose is robust American hops with a kiss of malt. Pine & citrus abound with a slight ethanol note. On taste, the body is quite thin and the alcohol comes through somewhat strongly. Clean bitterness that is propped up with a decent malt background, but the thinness with the alcohol bothers me. Okay.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nsquishee (586) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Citrus aroma. Pale orange appearance- nothing special. Taste of bitter hops and grapefruit. Lacking some malt in my honest opinion (IMHO). Grapefruit-bitter aftertaste: not very fond of that. Average. Better use of my money would be Lagunitas Hop Stupid for 1/2 the price of this ($9 vs $4.50) per bomber (22oz).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Brewed in the USA !!! Pours a lite copper color with a nice foamy off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, malts and pine. Taste pine cones, malts, hops and bread. Mouthfeel is medium in body with some dry bitterness in the finish. This was average at best !!!!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
12oz bottle from grub. Vintage 2010
Appearance : Clear dark amber with a medium foamy and creamy head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Resinous hops with white sugar and caramel. Light fruits. Light oxidation maybe.
Taste : Resinous and citrusy hops. Light caramel with nice malt. Finish bitter and resinous with some alcohol. Some disturbing metallic notes
Overall : Interesting nose. Nice hops but not that much. Lots of caramel. Taste floral hops with caramel and metallic notes. Not sure if this was very fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (6941) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
On tap, a bit watery for a DIPA, it didn’t have that succulent bitter mouthfeel, it wasn’t super sweet but neither the malt nor the hops stood out really.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomas15 (672) - 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....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Appearance: Medium copper body, clear, and underneath a two-inch-high head of lightly yellowish foam. Decent lacing on the descent.

Smell: Resinous, pithy and slightly alcoholic with notes of citrus pith, distilled florals, and a sliver of pine.

Taste: Lightly sweet, bready-tasting malts with a very faint toastiness. Briefly sweet. Pithy citrus and a spiciness that’s sharp, like popping a hop pellet in your mouth. Medium-high bitterness. Drizzle of orange oil. The orange character remains for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: The raw, coarse hoppiness isn’t entirely disagreeing, but one one-time helping is more than enough for me.


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