nshack (13) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think it is exactly what it is trying to be... over the top on flavor. I felt like my tongue was assaulted from all sides. And all I wanted was a drink. It flared, fumed and bloomed in all sorts of different ways. I found it a bit overpowering, much more than any other IPA I've ever had. It fits the name "Imperial" well. The citrus was strong, as was the alcoholic heat. For me this was a slow sipper, but left me with the impression that I'd really experienced the far end of the spectrum.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow. this beer made me happy, perhaps in part because i'm fairly sure the gentleman at half time in poughkeepsie, ny forgot to charge me for it because he was staring at my breasts. free beer is almost always better beer, not that this beer needs any help.
aroma is very hoppy with notes of citrus, and i, too, found myself fighting the urge to start inhaling it. the flavor has the citrus, also, and maybe tiniest bit of a floral undertone and some sweetness also. a beautiful beer in the glass, copper and cloudy, with a fine silt covering the bottom. somewhat thin. even though it was free, i would definitely have been willing to pay to have experienced this beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2003 If there is an ale out there with more hops than this one , someone please tell me. I couldn't stop sticking my nose in my glass every 2 minutes with this one. The aroma was so intense. I think this is so hoppy that the aroma must have been neutrlaizing the bitterness on my tongue. This isn't your everyday ale but a great almost novelty like experience. The first beer to actually cause me to laugh out loud after smelling it.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells just like grapefruit, with hints of other citrus. Color is a nice orange with white head this dissipates quickly. Taste follows with strong citrus feel, the taste of grapefruit appears here also. Hops are the most logical taste given here, which is not a suprise and incoporated with some malty sweetness. I would have likes somethign more bitter, but 74 IBU's are nothign to sneeze at.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden body void of carbonation. Super thin clingy head, off white in color. Fruity and floral, grapefruits and tulips. Very citrucy initially. almost overpoweringly sweet-tart-ish. Lively palate, thin body, but a whole lot of hop action Mostly cascades. A light caramel malt clean-up. Alcohol is masked pretty well.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
medium to light brown color. no lacing. dirty, stinky hop aroma. lots of hops in the taste with some bite. better tasting than i expected.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice orange-golden body with a frothy white head that diminshed to nothing. No lacing.
Smelled very hoppy and strong. Maltiness is thin in the nose.
Big hop and malt beer. One of the better ultra strong APA's around. Might age well...
Very thick and smooth on the tongue.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good IPA but also very pricey. Hops are right there with the best of them.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a reddish orange color and formed an off white foam head that left little lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and caramel. A flavor of malt, hops and a slight hint of citrus. A nice finish that is a touch astrigent. A good IPA and about time the distributors got it here after the law change last fall.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 New.....On tap at Eli Cannons on May 11, 2003. Cloudy deep amber with little head to speak of. Aroma is hugely hoppy, in the west coast style. Guessing on hopping, I'm going to say a lot of cascade, and something mild and light, like goldings or something german. Flavor is big and hoppy, with tons of malt providing a surprising balance. Light grapefruit and apricot flavors. Not as up front as it is bottled. Giant body. A bit of apple and grassy over the top hopping. A really nice beer, especially on tap........................Old........Pours a cloudy amber, with a thin white veil of head. Aroma is overwhelming hops, literally stinking of pacific northwestern goodness. Flavor is extremely hoppy, with a big grapefruity aftertaste. Very assertive. Malts are certainly present. Gravity on this beer is pretty big, even after fermentation. Big stuff. I like it, but I doubt I'll go for it again.