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RATINGS: 1079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
For our hopping regime we went with Cascade and Nuggets in the boiling addition. Centennials were added every 5 minutes for the last 30 minutes of the boil. We added Crystals into the whirlpool. Dry hopping was done in both the fermentor after primary fermentation and the bright tank. We used a mixture of Chinook, Nuggets, and Sterlings in the fermentors and whole leaf Centennials in the bright tank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Pours a hazy copper orange with a relatively small 1cm white head which dissipates at a decent rate. Nose is very hoppy--I can smell this stuff a mile away. Citrus orange aroma in there too. Smells yummy. Well, if you're a hophead, then this is a good brew. Hoppy throughout with a pungent bitterness to finish. A very nice IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Nice amber/orange color with a frothy white head. Floral aroma, with some citrus and lovely, earthly hops. Good smooth flavor. Hoppy. Creamy mouthfeel. Some caramel as well. A very well done Double IPA!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3454) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2004
This beer is right on. If there isn't balance in an IPA it's just hop juice. Big Al comes into the ring with a big, long lasting head. After checkin' out the beautiful hazy amber color, Al moves on to the citrusy aroma before delivering a perfectly balanced punch of malt and hops. The long finish was the declaring factor in this match. Big Al a Winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Poured hazy gold with a big white head and particles floating around. Left some lace on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops, and grass. Sweet slightly hoppy, malty with a fairly unbalanced alcohol taste. I would not have guessed this to be an IIPA, more like an alcoholic APA. Thanks for sharing BrianO!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13231) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Medium beige head atop a very cloudy amber body. Aroma is floral, orange and some grapefruit, not especially bitter (as I expected given the beer's name). Taste is mild floral up top, before adding orange midbody, and finishing with moderate grapefruit-orange hops bite in the swallow. Medium full body. A very nice beer, but with the name and style, I expected more oomph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1161) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Very good stuff for the hops lover. Big floral and citris aromas with very assertive hops up front punched down by full bodied malt, earthy towards the finish. Does not leave overly lingering bitterness. Hazy, yellow-orange, big head - appetizing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Very hoppy Ipa. Really good. Pours yellow in color. Cloudy. Well balanced. Smooth tasting beer. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2004 2004: Cask at Andy's. Slightly cloudy yellow with floaties. Massive hops in the aroma. So much so, that the scent seems to morph into whatever you want to make it. Sneekers, old socks, grass, pine forest, grapefruit, and the list goes on. Aggressive palate stomping flavor. Bitterness. Hop flavor. Big malt sweetness. And being warm off of a hand pump, way way too dangerously drinkable and smooth. Would like to challenge this with the DFH 90 min side by side. 2003:Yellow orange with a white head. Cloudy with lots of floaties. Floral aroma with alcohol notes. Smooth malty beer with a big hoppy flavor and gentle bitterness. Slight alcohol burn in the background. Interesting and decent. 3.3 rating for this version

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Almost too heavy snd syrupy of a body - beautiful color, tons of yeast. Very spicy yeasty, very sweet fruity hop, very sticky sweet malt (toffee X 10) - gets some iron and earth bitterness late in finish when warm - good but not my fave kind of IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Bottle (thanks to The_Beer_God for the trade). Poured cloudy orange amber with minimal head and a trace of lacing. The aroma is heavily hoppy - citrus and pine - with a nice carmel sweetness and cloves. Flavor is well balanced, wonderful toasty malts upfront with the hops slamming in with a nice bite and puckering finish. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and full with light carbonation. Overall a really nice brew - well up there on my list of Imperial IPA's. Yum!

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