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Southern Oregon Big Rack Imperial IPA


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   IBU: 105   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2014
From notes. Tasted on 12/23/12 from a bottle. Pours very dark amber with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to thick, rocky lace. The nose is pretty simply resin hops with some caramel malt. The flavor is intensely bitter with the same resin hops, and a nice dose of caramel malt. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter resin hops finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (627) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 3, 2014
On tap at Martolli’s pizza in Ashland, some grapefruit aroma, doesn’t read 105 IBUs.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, ruby hued, thin to moderate foamy sandy head, little lacing.   Looks like a Barley Wine.   Husky malty aroma, a little green on the hops, not too bright, a little sweaty and dank.   Yeah, rather dank on the tongue, a bit cheesy/sweaty, much like the early Mirror Mirror from Deschutes.   Not big on hops either, well at least in terms of floral or citrus, or bitterness for that matter.   Seems husky, green in the malt sense, with mild sweetness.   Its like a wanna be Barley Wine, yet young without all the alcohol.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Doesn’t come across as an IIPA simple because it doesn’t have that much associated with hops.   Just rolls like an inexpensive, rough, and watered down Barley Wine.   Citrus, floral, hops... no where to be seen.   Still drinkable tho.


1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Tastes like coffee. Bitter and malty, with a honey finish. Tasted at the 2012 Concordia Alehouse Imperial IPA blind tasting contest.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LarryBeast (530) - - NOV 14, 2012
On tap. Orange-amber. Lots of medicine -- like an orange cough syrup. Alternately sweet, then bitter without the right malt middle balance. Sharply green bitter finish. Very rough around the edges. Bamboozled by a Big Rack (and probably not for the last time).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6887) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of biscuity malts, some caramel malts and midl citrusy hops - some medicinal notes too - hardly strikes me as a IPA on the nose. Flavour is full of caramel malts, some medicinal and cough syrup notes, and some light fruity hops. Lightly bitter, finishing slightly medicinal and hoppy. Doesn’t strike me as a IIPA, more like an abortion of an A.S.A. Gets more and more hoppy the more you drink. Decent, despite its obvious flaws.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1079) - Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2012
This big 22 oz bottle was a gift from a friend. Deep,clear, red ale has nice color and a good off-white foam. Good lacing but a subdued catty, citrus aroma from this big IPA. Malt sweetness makes for a good backbone followed by a lasting hop bitterness. Citrus, pine, and some spice in the hops finish dry on the tongue. Excellent beer.


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