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RATINGS: 83   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 isnít 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 IBUís. Hops: chinook, centennial, columbus, cascade, bullion.


BŁckDich's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle: Nice bronze copper color with a retentive well respecting head. Big resinous citrus hops and a mild malty base. Nothing pops out and takes the stage though. Nice hoppy flavor, ample malts and some caramel. A little on the light side. Did they really just warn me when drinking? They obviously donít know their customers, from top to bottom.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2014
12oz bottle, purchased from Brennanís in Madison during GTMW. Lot #8140609. Labeled 8%. Half hazy golden orange color. Finger of off-white head. Leaves good thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, moderate strength carbonation. Lightly slick. Bigger bitter taste. Light zest. Light sweet. More dry finish. Big piney resiny aroma. Thatís mostly what the hop is like. Little grapefruit. Not so bad, though, pretty enjoyable to sip on. Some light caramel malt. Enjoyable, assertively piney DIPA. What is bullion hop? Never heard of that one. Pretty damn bitter. A little more balance or aroma to match the intense bitterness would be nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bomber from Total Wine Manassas. Pours a clear amber color with a large frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops with a bit of citrus. The taste is caramel malt, herbal hops. Medium bodied, low carbonation, really not hoppy at all for a DIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3898) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2014
22 ounce bottle thanks to GCurlow. Orange pour. Malty and a bit syrupy. Citrus. Malty nose.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12538) - 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 (2034) - 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 (3448) - 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 (111) - - 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 (1056) - 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 (1472) - 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 (4009) - 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 isnít 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.


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