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RATINGS: 1033   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Imperial IPA all the way, baby. My favorite style of beer just became more awesome. I love when I can continue to solidify my list of favorites with more proof that they’re awesome. Gubna poured a clear pale orange, almost peachy color, with a thin eggshell head breaking into wispy lacing and thin patches. Sticking my nose into it, I came away with pine, a weedy marijuana/hemp, and a zesty bite of bold pink grapefruit. All together it was very bright, but dank, and I had a hard time finding anything sweet in it - hops all the way. Once in my mouth, the pine dominated my palate, closely followed by waves of lemon-rind hops, grass, orange peel, and pink grapefruit. By the end I had a thick, bitter aftertaste of dry pine on my tongue, regardless of the lighter mouthfeel. The carbonation added a nice spicy twang to all of the hops, almost rendering it "springy." I found that it reminded me of SanTan’s Count Hopula with all of the pine and grapefruit running amok, which is in no way a bad thing as I find Count Hopula to be one of my favorite beers. If you need a way to wake up in the morning, skip your coffee and dip your tongue in this - note: I’m completely downplaying the punchy bitterness here.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerInHeaven (131) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2014
pours a murky gold with a bubbly white head. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is bright then bitter. Nice long hoppy finish. Pleasant and easy to drink for a 10%’er. Good beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (314) - - JUN 21, 2014
Tap. 10oz pour at happy gnome. Dark gold. Subtle hop aroma. Hop throughout but with different types and levels to it. Well rounded and fairly soft for a dipa. Alcohol well hidden. Solid work. Good on gubna.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2440) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Can. Dark amber pour with a good white head with foamy lace. Piney hop, citrus and sweet malt nose. Sweet, full, thick, boozy flavour with some very robust resinous hop bitterness and decent fruity notes. This is what DIPA’s should be like, and as such enjoyed this very much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (687) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
On tap at Taps. Pours a slightly hazy golden color without a bit of head. Harsh alcohol that smooths out a little as it breathes. Strong creamy hop flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Busick (349) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
A solid DIPA in a can!! Perfect for all of those outings that do not allow glass!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2213) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2014
pours clear amber/gold color with a creamy white head aroma of tangerines, grapefruits and lemon. taste of tangerine grapefruit and pine and burnt sugary malt sticky with mild carbonation this beer blew me away

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (664) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours golden orange with an off white head. Hop, citrus, pine, biscuit and malt aroma. Hop, mango, orange, grapefruit and malt flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Citrus finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2414) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2014
It poured an orange color with a white head. The aroma was of bitter citrus, sweet malts, herbal/floral hops, some pine, light tropical fruits and light caramel. The taste was similar to the aroma with a medium body and mouthfeel. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2014
This is a strong beer even for the style. The hopping level maybe doesn’t quite justify the extra gravity but this is still probably worth seeking out for IIPA fans. It is clear golden orange in color. It has a foamy, white head that leaves behind lace in sheets. The hop character here is very fruity but more along the lines of berries and melons rather than the citrus you normally expect. It is pretty sweet on the tongue but firm resinous bitterness stops it from cloying. The most interesting thing about this is there is a tannic character that comes off a bit like vanilla, which compliments the creamy texture quite well. The finish is a bit quicker than I expected and despite the sweetness and a bit of an alcoholic burn on the back of the throat, this somehow drinks lighter than it is. It is a ten percent alcohol beer that seems at home in a pint glass. I’d kind of rather have a beer that tastes the same or slightly less sweet but I’d imagine there will be lots of people who will like this just as it is.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (910) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Great copper pour w/ a big white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is a fantastic mix of citrus hops. The taste has a lovely concoction of hops present throughout & finishes pretty bitter in the end. Definitely a big & bold double - well done!


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