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RATINGS: 992   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 doesnít 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
12oz can (real nice looking can at that). Rating #52. Bright orange with a slight haze too it, real nice thick head that left some real nice lacing. Great piney aroma with some juicy citrus in there as well. Great flavor, lots of grapefruit and a little pine. Very nice balance to this, very quaffable with a real nice little hop bite to finish it off, very good. (1152)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
12oz can poured into goblet. Pours thick and viscous, a transparent dark yellow, almost like new motor oil. Small white head, with minimal head retention. Floral hop aroma which ends with a hint of caramel malt. Good carbonation. Flavor of caramel malts with a hoppy bitter finish. Syrupy mouth feel. Not a bad IIPA for being out of a can. Great beer but a tad bit over-hyped.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Lime, pine, grapefruit and pineapple explode out of the nearly electrically charged aroma. Flavor has a similar, nervy citrus - huge sweet grapefruit and a wicked piney and citrus pith finish that lingers. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2010
12oz can. Love the cans. Pours a crystal clear, totally transparent, rosy, orange color with a frothy, lacing, white head. The aroma is incredibly fresh and crisp. Home brewers know the feeling of rubbing fresh hops in your hands and this is what it smells like. The aroma has fresh pine needles, not just pine, but sticky pine sap, flowers, perfume, light lemons, oranges, candy, sweet malts, strawberries, tropical fruits. The nose is almost musty. The flavor is off just a little, itís sweet, sticky sweet, with oranges, grapefruit, lemons, flowers, caramel. Finish is a weird mix of sweet, salty, bitter and a touch hot. Thereís also something very woody in the flavor, not a barrel flavor but an actual papery, wood pulp kind of flavor. This might benefit from a month or two in the can. The aroma might not be as killer then, but the flavor and finish might settle down a little.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Canned. Poured clear, orange-tinted golden with a short, dense cap of white head.. some spotty lacing followed it down. The aroma picked up peppery rye, grapefruit, and freshly-cut floral notes over some bready malts.. juicy and very, very clean on the nose.. almost sterile. The flavor found bready notes and a touch of honey at the core, with bright grapefruit, pine, and peppery notes around.. warmed up through the finish, leaving a trail of peppery rye notes and grapefruit zest. Medium-bodied with rising bitterness, spiciness, and warmth as it made its way through the palate.. very clean and not all that complex, but it was a tasty drink.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
deyholla (5975) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 25, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 Can thanks to Sean. Pours a clear yellow with an amber hue and an off-white head. Aroma is full of hops with a notes of pine, onion, wet wood, grass and a bit of earthiness. Flavor is amazingly hoppy with mainly pine and onion notes and a bit of grass and wet wood. Syrupy on the tongue. Unfortunately, I hate onions and I picked up a bunch of onion on this beer (thanks to Sean pointing it out.) There for I really did not enjoy this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Picked up a can from Uber. Pours bright orange with a small-ish off-white head. Nose? Catty, skunky hops. A big, stinking handful of the wacky tabacky. Iíve heard of DIPAs smelling like pot before, but this one really takes the cake - thereís no mistaking that aroma. This oneís packed with ingredients - for all those hops, itís actually pretty sweet. Thereís a mild earthy note, almost like mushrooms, and I wouldnít call this refreshing - itís syrupy thick and sticky... but it definitely has a great flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 24, 2010
On tap at Paradiso. Pours a clear orange with a big off-white head. Huge lace. Aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, underripe mango. Taste is a bit sweaty, very bitter, huge mango peel, citrus peels; spicy, resiny hops on the palate. Pretty much obliterating 100+ IBUís. Chinook used? Low carbonation. Insanely bitter and a little unrefined.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Can, of course. Pours the orange of wood treatment oil as piney, citrusy love. Aroma is all pine hops and, perhaps, just a smidge of grapefruit. Taste is fair, although in this can, there is something rotten in the state of Denmark. The initial taste is nice DIPA pineyness, but the mid- to late-palate goes in a weirdly bitter, lemon-oil direction that I canít say I greatly favor. Think I need to let my other 3 cans cool a touch and re-rate later this week. Think I agree with previous raters that, as is expected with and IPA or DIPA, freshness is a big deal here. Something a little too like Lemon Pledge involved in this one, and much more watery in the overall body and mouthfeel than I would have expected for 10% ABV. Hmmmmm.....

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Pours a light copper with medium head. The aroma is dominated by pungent weed and citrus hop flavors that really pop out o the glass. The taste starts off with a moderately sweet, resinous malt base and builds with intense hop flavors that match the aroma. It seems balanced pretty well at first, but after a few sips the bitterness really outweighs the malt. Overall, it is a nice IPA, but I was glad I split the can. I couldnít see myself drinking more than one of these like I could some other strong IPAs. My favorite aspect is the beautiful aroma, but the combo of resinous malt and extreme bitterness just isnít my preference in an Imperial IPA. Drink this one fresh.


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