duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 AIBA 2003: Was excited to see a Rogue beer at the festival. Very grapefruity, manadariny, piney nose and flavour, heavy on the hops, for sure. Quite bitter and citric, a bit thick and chewy, but vibrant and fresh at the same time, diggable. Re-rate: tap at the brewery. Quite bitter and sweet at the same time. A bit syrupy and sticky at times, but soft to finish, relatively assertive, i thought it was a little to sweet and sticky this time.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has been the best IPA I have had. The smell is amazing. A sweet citrus scent that is delightful and combined with the deep dark amber color. An absolutely perfect balance of sweet and bitterness. Smooth lasting taste. I love those hops!!!
Panzuriel (1472) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice tawny brown liquid with a nice head. Very hoppy with fragant floral aromas. Nice hoppy but sweet and finishing bitter. Good texture.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale amber with a small white head. Aroma of hops and pineaple. Flavor of hops and pineapple. Bitter finish.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale excited me. The instant I popped the bottle, a slight breeze blew by my nose with an aroma full of citrus: pineapple, orange, grapefruit. It poured a glowing cloudy orange color, nice lacing on the glass. Heavily hopped, I'm sure the "Imperialness" adds to this. Sediment settles on the bottom of the glass, looks smooth as silk. Long lingering bitter finish. Has a tropical feel.
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 (680) - 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.