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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Hopheads rejoice! This strong IPA takes the style to a new level. It’s a big Imperial IPA packed with Nugget, Palisade, and Amarillo hops. Previously 8.2%.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Poured from a growler. Rich, orangey floral daggers fly at my nose. Crisp sugar ans syrup rides out. Pours a deepened bronze. Strong rim of white. Flavor takes a backseat the aroma and holds a lesser sense of hop importance. A nip of thinness and alcohol showing. Malt and honey flow through. Good play between the malt and hops, but sometimes neither holds up their respective end of the bargain. Love the spicy, bready rich finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Date: 07/24/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

Appearance: hazy dark copper, scant head,
Aroma: sweet pine aroma,
Flavor: lots of sweet pine flavor, good sweet caramel malt adds to the sweetness instead of balance, a touch of hot alcohol,
-------- /> Date: 05/10/2008
Mode: bottle
Score: 3.4 to 3.4
Words: cellar party

Aroma: nice fruityness in the aroma in addition to the sweet pine,
Body: creamy body,
Overall: lots of crystal sweetness balanced by peppery alcohol,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Bottle sampled on 5/10/08: Similar to the tap version with a nice fresh hoppy character throughout and a good sweet malty balance. A pretty nice IIPA.

On tap at the brewpub on 4/9/07: Pours a clear copper orange with a spotty-lacing white head. Big, sweet caramel malty aroma has a lot of grapefruity hops. Body starts with nice caramel malty sweetness and good earthy piny grapefruity hoppy character toward a crisp, slightly warming finish. A good double IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 Draft at brewpub. Pours a deep orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, piney hops, and pale malts. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Flavor of pale malts and citrus, that transitions to dry hoppy middle. Not much residual sweetness or juiciness. Finish has a slight hairspray flavor. Not bad, but too dry for my personal tastes.

RERATE. On this visit, this batch seemed to more on par with what everyone else was rating it. More grapfruit and citrus mid palate, as well as dryness pulled back on the finish. I am upping from a 3.4 to 3.9

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2007
On draft: Awesome hoppy beer, pours dark golden with adequate lacing. Intense citrus hop flavor is to the forefront with a modest malt sweetness. Not quite balanced right but I found myself going back for more till I was seeing double (D’s).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Shared growler thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours orange, off white head. Aroma is hops, tangerine, caramel, slightly fuzzy. Flavor is bitter, caramel, tangerine, a little too syrupy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2007
My 100th IPA Rating!!! (including DIPAs) Big thanks to adrian910ss for this growler. Nice hazy-amber color with a medium head. Thick hop aroma with lots of pine, strong citrus, and other sweet hop essence. Flavor was a pleasant hop-blast that really delivers with tons of hop bitterness and citric sweetness. I’m getting lots of grapefruit and some resiny pine plus a nice, yet subtle malt backing that is sweet yet allows the hops to do their thing. I really have to make it up there one of these days. Nice DIPA!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Pours a hazy medium orange/brown body with a head so thick it looks like a slice of swiss cheese is laying across the top. A roma is sweet citrus, pine and sourdough. Lots of pine and patchouli in the flavors with a sweet citrus/carmel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Hazy pale body with small off-white head. The aroma is cotton candy, herbal and citrus. The flavor is caramel, dough, grapefruit and pithy. Medium body, soft carb and slightly thin on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 I have had this one several times over the years and have remained quite fond of it. Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a dark caramel amber color with a small off white head. The aroma was strong fruity and piney hops. The flavor was very strong pine and grapefruit with a sweet and tangy malt undertone. The finish is long, sweet and fruity. Full bodied.


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