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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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This "imperial IPA" has a very strong hop aroma and flavor, however it isn’t as bitter as the Gale Force IPA. There is a strong malt backbone to offer a level of balance but with over two and a half pounds of hops per barrel it resonates hops from start to finish. With so much flavor happening you miss the 8.6% alcohol by volume so be careful when serving or drinking. Hops were added at every stage of the process...it was dry-hopped with chinooks for two weeks. 75 IBU’s. Hops: chinook, centennial, columbus, cascade, bullion.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12477) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Tap at Dig Beer Bar, Osaka. Amber color, good creamy white head. Aroma has pine, resin and forest. Medium-bodied. Flavor has also piney resiny hoppyness. Creamy and covers alcohol very well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1950) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy copper with a thick, bubbly beige head and lots of lacing. Tastes very smooth, nutty, orange, like cereal malt, with a nice pine bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells musky, grassy, flour, with light orange

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3382) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber/copper with frothy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and breast malts, light toast, light caramel, light floral notes, and some fruity esters. Flavor is dry malts, medium floral and grassy hop bitterness, light caramel sweetness, light toast, and some light fruit esters; dry finish with a touch of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firefly765 (110) - - JUL 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle pours an orange copper color with minimal off-white head that dissipates quickly. Some minor citrus and resin aromas not extremely impressive nose. Strong malt backbone with a bit of an earthy flavor along with some pine. Just ok.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1040) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Orange brown pour with off white head. Aroma is floral and toffee. Taste is sweet floral with bitter hops finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1465) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Deep gold, a little cloudy. Assertive hops but nicely balanced, with a bitter finish. Good strong IPA

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (3966) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Hazy copper under a thick rocky off-ivory head. Big nose of caratoffee and lovely floral hop notes. Big fat flavor of chewy toffee and granola, and something like pecans and a little kiss of coffee. The hop flavor isn’t too sharp or bitter, but just right and balancing, without too much to distract from the sweet toffee body. Almost like English toffee pudding with a punch of earthy semi bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeNowick1986 (10) - - MAY 7, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2014 A bit skunky. Went down smooth but had slight hitch at the end. Content was right on...will try again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1662) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 10, 2014
This beer pours a crystal clear deep copper gold with a thick head of foam that is solid, long lasting and laces the glass. The aroma is pine needles & biscuity malts. Full bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel it has a soft but persistent earthy "green" bitterness that evokes a walk through a pine forest. Really interesting stuff for lovers of bitter hoppy IPAs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanan (78) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottles. Close to as advertised. What's missing: Can taste the extra alcohol. A little too dry under it all. Somewhat like sucking on a tea bag. Pissed that's it's more expensive than regular products. Definitely prefer Gale Force, which was $2 less for a sixer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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