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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 Brewer’s Reserve Series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy golden amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of biscuit, orange zest, peach and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit and pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Draft at The Pine Box, Seattle. Dark, red-orange with foamy nitro-looking head. Amber malts and big juicy hops, citrus and pine. Big, warming smooth body. Creamy carbonation. Relatively harsh hop/alc bite. Bittering, light juicy finish. pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a rocky white head. A very malty sweet aroma with a lot of caramel and bread. The flavor is not as sweet, more of the bitterness comes through. The finish is dry and peppery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidd (7) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2012 does not count
Pours hazy amber, lots of complex hops. Strong and a bit heavy, but that didn’t stop me from finishing it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4891) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Tropical fruit nose, pineapple and grass. shimmering amber, medium yellow head. Whole overripe orange flavor. Grassy and bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bomber shared by tia and HopTsing at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, herbal and peppery hops with pale malts. The taste is tea, citrus, bitter hops and candied citrus. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (1431) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ 18th RG. Yellow amber with didn’t white head. Smells resiny and sweet. Nice bitter hoppy flavor with a little funk. Medium hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
n8dogg515 (5) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2012 does not count
Great body, appearance, and aroma. A bit too malty for my pallate, which has been the case in most imperials I have experienced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boozedude (2212) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Pours orange with big white head. ..aroma..is caramel hopper and wood...taste is caramel pine and cream..very tasty but 2 thick imo..ok but won’t seek out...don’t hate..just 2 surypy 4 me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5053) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 3/24/12

Aroma: The nose has some grassy hops, pine, fruity notes, some caramel, and a bit of bread
Appearance: It pours orange with a fairly thick white head and fairly heavy lacing on the glass
Flavor: The taste is light-medium sweet, fruit and caramel, with a mid-full piney hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it feels somewhat sticky, with average carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: I actually found this one to be a really solid IIPA, and I’m actually surprised it isn’t a little higher in the style. It isn’t a top of style offering, but I still found it to be very solid.

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