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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle:   Orangish in color, very vibrant, moderate foamy off-white head, somewhat sticky lacing.   Sweet citrusy nose, hops are strong, a little floral.   Smooth citrus based flavors, a bit of rind but its not astringent.   Hops are present, but not biting.   A little bit of floral as well.   This is quite robust, but as a IIPA not as malty as I would have liked.   Still, as an IPA this one is really really good.   Good nose, flavor, without being overly bitter or astringent.   Even has a bit more sweetness than most.   I’d call it a 1½ IPA tho, and a good one at that.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Could stand to be a bit thicker/maltier for an IIPA, but its a big IPA otherwise.   Clean finish, lingering citrus rind, somewhat sweetened, and a good does of hops.   This was really tasty stuff.   Many many thanks Jason for the bottles!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a reddish mahogany colored body with a creamy, finger-width, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is sweeter fruit hops with a light caramel balance. Peaches, oranges, and tangerines along with a moderate earth and some floral, perfume pines. Flavor is sweet fruit pines up front with lots of juicy tangerines. A light resin, mixture of earth and florals, orange, peach, grapefruit, and a bit of a strawberry caramel malt make up most of the flavor. Finishes dry with just a light resin and lots of moderate, piney and floral bitterness. Just a touch of alcohol heat comes in as well. Lingers for a long duration after a medium body and mild carbonation. Overall, a heavily hopped and tasty DIPA. Not very complex at all, but I like the sweetness of the fruits and high level of bitterness. A very light malt taste keeps this in check and allows for the hops to take center state. Hard to complain about this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
bomber sent my way from psprings. drank on 9/15/09. pours clear and brassy with a wispy/soapy tannish tinted head. the nose stinks of booze and spicy hops... the aroma is really floral with caramel, malt, slight pine, some citrus, wood, earth and dough all playing secondary roles. the palate is sweet up front but it finishes dry and prickly. the flavor is very similar to the characteristics in the aroma... with some added cocoa nib... the alcohol is not shy and simultaneously not unpleasant as it whisks away any remaining sweetness on the finish. numbing hoppiness leaves some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. the body is on the light side of medium... i tend to like this as it combines with prickly spicy hops to become terribly/dangerously easy to drink en masse. 7/3/7/4/15/3.6

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6194) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Sample at the brewpub. Clear copper pour with a thin off-white head. Orangy Amarillo hop nose with some sweet malt balance. Citrusy grapefruit hop character up front with a bit of malt and a finish that’s a bit soapy. Tasty brew, aside from the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3583) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2009
pours a hazy amber color with a thin light tan head. aroma is slightly grassy and very citrusy...also a bit spicy...nice!...also a touch of caramel malt. flavor has sticky grapefruit with a light caramel malt backing and some grassiness at the end. finish is very dry and lingers with grapefruit. nice dipa.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Double D pours a delicious looking amber bronze with a big fluffy white head with thick, blanketing lacing. Fruity hop aroma chock full of citrus and pine with a strong caramel and biscuit malt scent to back up the hops. Very adventurous for a strong hoppy beer as the malts are incredibly thick and help carry the heavy hops. Full bodied, bitter and soapy this one drinks real well. Sweet malts with lots of bread and caramel flavor along with a solid nuttiness. Wonderful fresh citrus hops and some mild mixed berry flavor as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 7, 2009
22 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy amber with a foamy off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Very strong aroma of citrus, pine, light fruit and caramel. Sweet caramel malt up front with a good strong bitterness that blends in finishes strong. Medium body with a syrupy mouth feel that is lightened by the active carbonation. This is a very well balanced IIPA that tastes as good as it smells. The alcohol is unnoticeable and there is a very nice dry hop flavor and aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (32211) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of hops, caramel, spices, and grapefruit, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Thanks CaptainCougar for coming to Denmark and bringing this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Draft at brew pub. Poured cloudy golden amber in color with a large off white head. Aroma of caramel, juicy american hops, grapefruit. Taste is nice and sweet with caramel and grapefruit hops. Hops are not overdone, and everything on this balances out very well.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bomber. Clear, golden-orange body. Big fruit aroma of citrus, peach and mango. Punchy citric hop flavor and rich crystal malt. Medium-full body, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Pretty sticky and resinous with a lingering hop finish. Overall a pretty run of the mill IIPA that falls victim to the "bigger is better" that plagues the style. Taking this beer down a notch or two in gravity would probably improve it.


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