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RATINGS: 1059   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 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
12oz can. pours clear and golden with white head. aroma is grapefruit with some pine. mouthful is dominated with grapefruit and has a lingering finish with earthy bitterness. nice big starter...

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
Ok...I have had this TWICE. From different sources, but probably the same batch. I did NOT like this. The color and presentation in the glass was great. The aroma was spot on. Big grassy, citrusy, piney, resiny hoppy goodness on the nose to satisfy my craving. Then I took a sip. It took me a minute to figure it out, but it tastes like braunsweiger...liverwurst....and not in a good way. I put the glass down to return to a bit later. I will wait to click "add my rating" until I revisit this brew in a few minutes. Yup. Crap. Itís a shame too. Old Chub, Gordon, Daleís...all 3 great beers. Not sure what happened here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2010
On tap at Whole Foods, Fairfax VA. Pours a darker shade of amber with an off-white head. The hop aroma is very prominent - citrusy and piney. Flavor has a pleasant malty backbone (which isnít too sweet) then comes a blast of PacNW piney hops, tangerine/orange and a tinge of a tropical fruit. Proper IIPA level bitterness which is more on the smooth side - not harsh at all. Body is full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Nothing you havenít already had before, but a damn good IIPA. Will pick up a 4-pack for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
12oz can: Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Has a great fresh resiny piny grapefruity nose with some nice sweet pale malty undertones. Starts with good fullness and sweet, clean pale malts with some peppery hoppy citrus zest and good bittering balance before a crisp bittersweet finish. A bit pricy, but a very nice IIPA thatís hard to find anything that could be improved.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8613) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2010
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 12 ounce can from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a creamy medium sized head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of woody, resiny hops with a bit of citrus and herbalness. The taste is big, bold, citrus, resiny hops along with some berry notes and a ton of toffee and caramel to balance it out. This manages to be fairly big yet fairly well balanced. Medium-full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
Oskar Blues Brewery, L.L.C.--GUBNA Imperial IPA--DISESTABLISHMENTARIAN--Do Ypur CANscience Bother You? Tell The Truith!--2010 12 oz. Micro-Can. 10.00% ABV--100+ IBUíS. (3.5 / 5.0) Thick Pour. Lacy thin white head. Clear dense gold color. Earthy spicy rich floral hop front. Creamy cloying rich hop resin infused caramel citrus body. Rich creamy hot EtOH hop spice end. Huge hop hot Imperial IPA. Unbalanced & Harsh. Needs to Age. Sampled 4/8/2010. $4.49 Each. 2 Left for sampling later.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 12oz can from K&L Redwood City. Pours crystal-clear golden-copper with a nice lasting white head and good lacing. Aroma is awesome intense hops: citrus and floral mostly, with a little earthiness and sweet malt. Flavor has the hardcore hops of a west coast IPA, with grapefruit, orange rind, resins, and earth. Unlike many of the west coasters though, the malt backbone asserts itself. Sweet pale and caramel malts. Great palate, with some hop oils there but nothing too brutal. This adds to the drinkability. Overall Iím a really big fan of this, and not just in the, "Sweet dude, itís like in a can! Thatís so unpretentious!" kind of way. A good beer for the slopes, a camping trip, or a volcano boarding session (if you have to ask, youíre not extreme, chief).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2010
Can from Nqualls. Pours a hazy amber with a two finger pale yellow head. Nice aroma of wet hops and tropical fruit. Medium bodied with a somewhat earthy mouthfeel. Initial flavor of toffee and caramel, countered by a dry grapefruity rind and catty hoppiness. Warming finish. I like everything about this except the price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
On tap at Caponeís. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a medium sized lightly beiged head. Big floral and citrus notes, resinous, light vanilla. Medium bodied, excellent fine carbonation, nice big toast note, along with some big musky noble hop flavors. Long sticky grapefruit and light quinine bitterness on the finish. Big warming alcohol note sneaks up after the finish almost out of nowhere. Canít wait until cans of this start showing up by me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2010
This poured a dark yellow with a quick dissipating head. Aroma is all over the place with doughy sweetness and some lesser floral hops. Taste has a strong blast of sweetness of molasses and cakebread counterbalanced by the aromatic hops. The 100 IBUs are definitely there but do not linger as much on the aftertaste. The aftertaste has a lot of veggies on it like brussel sprouts and baby carrots. Very interesting beer.


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