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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 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 (2227) - 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 wonít seek out...donít hate..just 2 surypy 4 me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5425) - 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 Iím actually surprised it isnít a little higher in the style. It isnít a top of style offering, but I still found it to be very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5233) - 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 isnít 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 (2398) - 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 doesnít last too long, lots of malt as well. Pretty good, comes off more like an English style IPA thatís ramped up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (800) - 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 thereís 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. Itís 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 (11903) - 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 Flakesô 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.

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