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Pennichuck Chief’s Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Chief’s Imperial IPA is in the tanks. It was brewed using imported 2-row barley malt, Aromatic Malt, Crystal 40L Malt and Malted White Wheat and with a combined total of 44 pounds of Columbus, Cascade, Willamette and Brewer’s Gold hops. We plan to package late February for a March availability within all of our distribution territories. Chief’s should reach 10% ABV and approx. 106 IBU’s.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
22nd November 2009
ChrisOs Kook Tasting. Dark amber IPA. Very light soft palate. Light toffee malt. Some bitter hops on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - JUL 12, 2010
A dark murky red pour with a thin tanm head. Sweet malty scent. Taste is sweet then bitter earthy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
Pours a clear redish color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of pineapple and resinous hops. Flavor of pineapple and resinous hops along some hops bitterness. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2010
Pours light brown with white head. This is incredibly malty for a double IPA. Notes of caramel. Fairly sweet and very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Tap @ RnH. Poured a hazy deep amber color with an off-white head. Dull caramel malt aroma. It smelled to be a little on the aged side. Mildly tart with notes of orange juice. Dull orange flavored hops. The flavor is missing its brightness. The malt starts sweet but dries fast leaving a very long moderately bitter finish. Warming with a medium to full body. Silky on the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5143) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2010
I see this is retired - I have no idea how old this bottle is. Cloudy brown, big beige head. Smells more sweet than bitter at first, which is echoed in the taste. Molassess, brown sugar, then some piney, woodsy hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
On draft at R & H. Pours a dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of sweet tangy citrus and light candied malt. Taste of sweet tangy citrus, candied sugar and malt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Kook Fest tasting.
Murky rich amber colour with a decent beige head. Chewy and resinous hoppage with a hell of a lot of caramel and a big earthy malt finish. Rather too malty for a double IPA but drinkable enough.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2010
In short: A mega-sweet (sugary) red ale with some resinous hops. Bof.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few days after purchase.
The look: Clear dark red body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose of resinous hops and candy store. Taste is very very sweet. Not a rich caramelized body something pleasant like this. No, this is just pure sugary candy sweetness, and a lot of it. Body doesn’t even feel full. The resinous hops are overwhelmed. The alcohol is apparent. There are fruity flavours in there but with all that sugary sweetness it really tastes like “red fruit” flavoured hard-candies. Medium carbonation. Long, very long red fruit flavoured hard candy finish. The first few sips were really bad. After one glass I kind of got used to it and I was able to finish my bottle but I think I’m gonna have a sugar rush tonight. The beer is just too sugary sweet and too boozy. If all Chiefs were as boozed up as this beer then all Canadian Indian Reserves would be… well… no different than what they are today.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2010
tap @ RnH - Grassy, floral arouma. Dark toffee malts. Very smooth and boozy, especially in the finish. Decent but eh.


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