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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1955) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (1909) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at the Hangover. Lots of hops, decent maltiness, less chewy than usual dipa. Little hit of sweetness. Full bodied. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
On tap at Cooper’s in Seattle.

Pours orange amber with quite a decent head for an IIPA; the aroma is a great big burst of floral and citrus hops, plenty of spruce tones and a hint of alcohol. The flavor more or less follows, with a powerful essence of hops that is rich and almost sweet in its floral intensity. The malts provide a reasonable caramel throughout, and the overall effect is a hophead’s delight of hop flavor without the sort of crashing bitterness that comes with some highly hopped IPAs and IIPAs. The palate is likewise rich, oily, almost syrupy, but the beer goes down quite easily, with little hint of the 8.6% -- certainly drinkable enough that I enjoyed polishing off a couple of pints in quick succession.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Hazy orange with a bit of white head. Aroma is sweet with some citrus, and taste is the same, and relatively bitter and boozy. Kinda muddled and unremarkable $3/12oz

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (1693) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours copper color with light head. Light aromas of oranges, brown sugar, and pine. Flavors of toasted malts, brown sugar, and bitter orange peel. Quite carbonated - flat bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1666) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1468) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1396) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, tropical fruits, and light pine. Taste of bitter pine and spruce with grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Lingering bitterness, alcohol well hidden. A good DIPA.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Zeswaft (1362) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
WHoa, wayyyyy too boozy for only 8%. Between the alcohol flavor and the stinging bitterness, i can tell you that this beer is not for me. there’s some earthy, pine flavors in there somewhere. I’m so glad that somebody left a bottle of this in the lobby and i didn’t pay money for it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
On tap at Brouwer’s Hopfest 2010. Pours a bright golden orange. Big, citrus hops, lots of caramel malts - a really great balance overall. Very hop-forward, but not at all sharp or acerbic. Really tasty stuff.


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