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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1575) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13733) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2131) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Wet leaves, wood and resins create an autumnal aroma for this Double IPA, while alcohol warms up the polished mouthfeel

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam decorates the clear amber.
-Malts support but do not offer a lot of flavor.
-The aroma of this bottle was either tired or contained hop varieties better suited for bittering.
-The lengthy hop bitterness never quit.
-While the recipe might not be in my pantheon of favorite Double IPAs, I have to say this was an impeccably executed brew. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.
-This reminded me of Charlevoix’s Vache Folle Double IPA series somewhat, although perhaps better attenuated.

Bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a dark orange color with a foamy, white head. There is good head retention and lots of lacing left behind. The nose is slightly faded with notes of herbals, tropical fruit, and slight floral notes. The flavor seems slightly faded as well with notes of light caramel, resin, and herbal hops. The body is light to medium with average carbonation leading to a medium, slightly boozy bitter resin finish. Okay, but not spectacular. The alcohol was a little obvious for my tastes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (20296) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy variegated amber color, tiny white head with poor retention. Aroma of citrus, pineapple. Taste is bitter start to finish, citrus and pine, chewy, dry finish. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (1978) - Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2011
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark orange to almost red with a 1 finger head, lacework is good. Aroma starts pine then switches to more grapefruit citrus, fantastic aroma. The flavor starts sweet, melon and grapefruit, then the bitterness dominates through to the finish. Body is medium, carbonation is medium, finish is long and bitter. I needed a good beer after the shit I have been drinking all night, and this definitely did the trick.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle. Copper-amber with a thick white head. Kind of a funky spice-hop scent. Eye blinking rough gasoline aggressive taste and aftertaste. Late cinnamon stick.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
22oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice hops aroma floral with a slight spice. Floral and fruity flavors mixed well with the malt build. I was impressed wit this Impy IPA. For a newer brewer at this time they did a good job.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12931) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, orange/grapefruit, bread/caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, pine, bread. Sticky medium-full body, light resin.


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