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RATINGS: 1034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this ale is made with three malts and one hop. Its light amber color and slightly spicy malt character are derived from the use of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt respectively. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Summit hops are used exclusively in the boil for bitterness, flavor and aroma but it doesn’t end there. Post-fermentation dry hopping allows the 10% ABV monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma to join the 100 IBUs already present. This beer should greet you with a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle and finish with a brisk, clean bitterness. Columbus in early and mid kettle.
** This beer will now feature different hops in the massive dry hop every year.
2014 - Sorachi Ace, Mosaic, and Chinook. Incredibly complex mix of lemon zest, pineapple, red berries, peach, and a hint of dank earthiness.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer101101 (23) - Corona, USA - APR 27, 2010
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/4" off white head above the clear golden amber brew. Dense head lasts nicely, with lots of sticky lace. Aroma is dominated by funktacular pine hoppiness. Taste is quite sweet upfront, quickly giving way to the piney bitterness, which coasts through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, even with the strong bitterness, and drinkability is great for the style. Yay, good beer, and yay good beer in cans!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2010
12-oz can. Pours a bright golden medium amber with virtually no head, just a little bit of off-white foam padding up top. Nice tangy grapefruit and pine nose, a little bit on the raw side and very nice for it. Some toasty rye like spice there as well. Creamy medium body with fairly soft carb. Toast, caramel, grapefruit, and pine on the mid palate, very balanced and fresh-tasting. Gets a little garlicy and rye bready in the finish, nice earthy contrast in the finishing bitterness. Great rye dipa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (1979) - USA - APR 27, 2010
It was a tough call for my 900th rating - I have another brew in the fridge that looks just as promising - but why not something from the superb Oskar Blues Brewery, namely an imperial IPA that I havent tasted yet? The word "disestablishmentarian" appears at the top of the can. Made from 3 types of malt and lots of Summit hops. I used a big Riedel wine glass so that I could get the most from the aroma. Slighly orange, dark gold pour with a light head. Aroma of citrusy hops and pine resin. The taste is crammed with herb garden hops that run up the IBU count to 100. Balance is provided by some nice malty sweetness. Dont reach for this if you want something light to wash your salad down. The Gubna is a powerful, attention-grabbing brew with a bitter aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Can… Clear amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is certainly different for an imperial IPA, but pleasant. Unfolding are notes of chili peppers, celery, grapefruit, pine and apricot. Full-bodied, creamy/oily with modest carbonation. Big malt body, but the entire flavor profile seems to be derived from the fairly heavy alcohol and massive, earthy lupulin. Bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ewdrye (3) - USA - APR 27, 2010 does not count
Great beer. Not sure if its worth the steep price though. Reminds me a bit of the hopslam.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
This beer pours an orangish yellow with a thin white head. The aromas are pine, citrus, maybe some vanilla and a little dough. The palate is dry with a medium stickiness. Although I liked this one, I think the one hop made this beer a little underwhelmed. I wanted more from this beer but didn’t get it. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2010
foamy copper golden color, clear and inviting. The palate is rich and creamy with a filling mouthfeel. Aroma is clear hops, very earthy. Taste is bitter but balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2010
Can from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a hazy deep gold with thick white head. Aroma of pine and citrus rind, fruity esters, malt. Flavor is spicy, malty, pine and citrus peel, plenty of alcohol heat. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, this thing packs a punch. Better be a hop head to enjoy this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 26, 2010
Can. Color is gold, clear, small head that dissipates quicker than usual. Aroma of lemon, minty, spicy with a touch of grapefruit and pith. Flavor hits initially with a robust caramel-orange note, then moves nimbly into mint, kumquat, touch of pith. The smooth stickiness coats the mouth, lending a lingering minty hop-bitterness. A very satisfying strong hop finish, medium-dry. Good use of distinct hop varietals and bold flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
24 karat pour produced a milky white head that left a spot or two of lacing. Aroma was lemongrass, herbal, floral, and caramel. Flavor is somewhat fruity...lots of grapefruit, mango, and papaya...and a natural sweetness that diminishes the sharp biting hops. Medium mouthfeel. A good beer, for sure, but not what I was hoping for.


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