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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4958) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
22 oz bomber from Blue Dog, I think. Poured a deep dark orange/brown body under an average sized foamy off white head with gobs of sticky lace. Aroma of citrus meat, citrus rind, peaches and apricots, wet bread and lots of fruit. A full mouthfeel with strong carbonation and no real alcohol warming but the alcohol is apparent. Flavor isn’t quite as good as the aroma with notes of alcohol, bitter hops, citrusy grapefruit rind, wet bread and lemon zest. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours translucent orange with a nice substantially sticky white head. Aroma is malt forward with some citrus and fruit. Taste is decently well balanced, some alcohol noticeable, hop bitterness is fairly substantial but doesn’t last too long, lots of malt as well. Pretty good, comes off more like an English style IPA that’s ramped up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bomber. Appearance is a rusted orange and ruby color with a ring of sudsy white head and lacing around the glass. In the aroma there’s mostly orange citrus and caramel with some malt and pine toward the end. The flavor opens up with lots of aggressively bitter, resiny hops notes along with plenty of grapefruit, dried mango and lightly toasted malts. The alcohol is noticeably hot at the end while the finish brings more tropical fruit and astringent bitterness. It’s a little on the boozy side and not quite as balanced as their IPA but enjoyable enough to merit a purchase for DIPA hunters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2012
22oz bottle-pours copper with a big retaining offwhite head. Aroma is pine/ciitrus, some medium malt. Taste is biting/harsh resin/pine/herbal hops, some medium malt, alcohol. Slightly slick. 3.3 Better cold. Aroma has some orange. Taste has some bready/caramel. 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pour is a deep orange color, rather cloudy with a light vanilla colored head. Nose of of citric hops with a little pine note as well. Taste is similar to the nose, dominated by notes of citrus and slight other hop notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Serving: 22 oz. bottle poured into a large tumbler. Aroma: The initial hit is piney, grassy hops, with a bit of a floral (elderberry?) character as well. Then I get some orange julius like flavor, and a hint of maltiness. Overwhelmingly an astringent hops character. They have not scrimped on the hops. Appearance: This is a thick beer for an IPA. It pours somewhat cloudy (cannot see a light bulb through it) with an amber, almost ice tea colored hue. Lots of bubbles stream fromt the bottom. Nice head, and lace that clings very well to the side of the glass. Taste: At the start, I get some roasted malt and sweetiness briefly. Finishes bitter and astringent with the hops. Palate: This is a thick, creamy beer. It has a strong alcohol character in the mouth. Well-carbonated, and the carbonation lasts a long time. It is a good one to let warm up a bit. Overall: Overall, this is a big, chewy beer with a lot to offer. It stands up very well to food, particular sharp cheeses. Well done - I enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
In short: A resinous and overly sugary IIPA. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh one month after receiving it from after4ever, thanks a lot Tom
The look: Cloudy glowing orange topped by a small white head
In long: The pleasant hoppy nose is woody, oranges and hops resin. Nose takes a nose dive. A malt backbone that tasted like Frosted Flakes™ cereals with a lot of refined white sugar and some flour followed by a ton of resinous woody hops and candied orange peels. Alcohol a bit apparent. The beer was clean and well brewed but this is really not my type of IIPA, I rarely struggle to drink a bomber of IIPA but I did here. An ordinary beer from a brewery built into an old schoolhouse built back when kids were going to high school, now they go to school high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Dark orange poour with an off-white head. Aroma is resin an earthy hops. Hint of citrus and a big malt character. Flavor is a bit dank, leafy, foliage wet forest, but not in a bad way. Malt balances nicely, but this beer has some serious bitter kick on the back. Big beer. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours light amber with a large foamy beige head. Aroma is heavily floral over light caramel. Flavor is piney/citrus/floral with pine seeming to come on predominately. Certainly true to the NW traditions of hop/hop/hop. Nice long smooth bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2123) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
Bomber shared by MartinT.
Appearance : Clear shiny amber with a creamy white head.
Aroma : Earthy and humid hops. Very earthy. Floral and resinous too. A bit citrusy with some honey.
Taste : Resinous and earthy. Finish is quite resinous and bitter. Some alcohol. Light piny notes.
Overall : Different IPA. Very earthy, almost woody hops. quite resinous too, maybe a bit too much. Not my kind of IPA but it’s interesting to try something different.

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