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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Our Imperial IPA is bigger and more balanced than its little brother, Ruud Awakening IPA, with a stronger malt presence and increased hopping rate. Mild caramel malt character and plenty of Pacific Northwest hops. The Imperial IPA is part of our Brewerís Reserve Series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
bottle. Amber with two finger head. Big piney hops and medium level of malt. Good imperial IPA, but not anything particularly special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
21-Jul-13 (22-oz bottle: Free sample bottle for stewarding the 2012 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA)
This beer pours a very hazy, orange body with almost an inch of light-tan head that settles to a wide ring and thin sheet, leaving ringed and patchy lacing on the glass. The highly aromatic nose is a nice balance of piney, orange-citrusy, and tea-like hops and medium-sweet, caramely malt. Similar balance and flavors on the palate, with the malt setting a fairly sweet and very caramely base while the hops have flavors of sweet tea, pine, and sweet, green, leafy herbs, with lingering, moderate bitterness. The beer is full bodied, medium in carbonation, and bordering on being cloying, but that aspect is saved by the lingering bitterness. Overall, though, this is a bit too sweet, even for an Imperial IPA. Itís enjoyable, but because of the sweetness, thereís no way I could drink the entire bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (1030) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2014
On tap @ Collective on Tap. Pours golden orangish amber with thin white head. Aroma is lightly sweet caramel malt and big citrusy hops. Taste is similar, light body for the abv here. Hops are mostly piney and bitter, which lingers through the finish. Easy drinking, doesnít seem like a 9% brew. Agree with previous review on the price: 22oz bottles frequently go in the $10 range in the Seattle market, this just isnít worth that price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3644) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Pour is a hazy orange with an average white head. Aroma is on the sweeter side with fresh citrusy hops. Flavor is again sweet honey malts up front then comes your citrus/pine like west coast hops. Not a total hop bomb with the sweeter malt used but this just makes it into the solid category with a decent hoppy backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle pours a murky orange with a thin white top. Nose is caramel and pine. Taste follows nose with notes of citrus. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured to NB globe. A: Amber ale with two finger head. Excellent clarity. This fades to a thin white foamy layer. Spider web lacing. S: Pine and citrus are the dominant hop characteristics here. Nicely malted background. T: Very super standard IIPA flavors. Very nice finish which matches the same. M: Medium/heavy mouth with lower carb. Very nice. Slicking and satisfying. D: Quite drinkable, however, not too nice given the price point. I could just as easily pay $7 and get two Ninkasi Bombers. Serving type: bottle 02-22-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4346) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 18, 2013
med amber color, lots of caramel and citrusy. Very bitter but body isnít so heavy . This is your standard PNW IIPA though certainly doesnít take me anywhere special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1074) - , Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Found this at Bottleworks over the weekend and shared it with COOP Matt tonight.. Pours a dark golden with a nice white head that shows sheets of lacing. Nose is tropical fruitiness and hints of pine... Not nearly as hoppy as I would hope for a DIPA... Flavor has hints of EtOH... the bitterness shows mainly on the finish... The hops are again tropical/pineapple, but they are still pretty light. Body seems a bit heavy without enough carbonation... I had REALLY high hopes for this one after talking to the fella at Bottleworks... but it was a huge letdown... Decent, but I would never buy again without knowing there was a BIG reworking of the recipe.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a moderate off white head on it. Nose tastes a little old to me. Noticeably hoppy, but itís like they have decayed enough that I canít really get any distinct notes off it. Taste is bitter, but again seems old to me. Could have been good, but hard to tell. Might be isovaleric acid Iím getting. Not a fan as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7586) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A light nose of tangerine and lemon. Smooth rich, resin some lemon and oranges, low bitterness. Very smooth and nice.

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