wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is very good, although I’m amazed that it’s in the 98th percentile right now (251 previous ratings). The aroma is the strongest character by far. Very piney and sweet. It pours with a nice sized head. The flavor is pleasantly bitter without going overboard but it leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste that lingers too long. I totally dig the ABV though, it’s very subtle and appreciated.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
what exactly is an imperial amber? well it turns out it is an IPA, which this site has confirmed. A little too sweet for my liking but it does include a rollercoaster mixture of hops. Just in too syrupy of a fashion. No way is this beer in the 98% percentile.
keepersj12 (2874) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great beer. The aroma is pine. The taste is piney bitter. For a South Jersey Piney, this is as good as it gets. This should be brewed in Atsion using cedar water, not Harrisburg.
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 12 oz bottle-pours a foamy to rocky light tan head that laces and amber color. Aroma is cascade hops. Taste is cascade hops-bitter, medium malt, alcohol. OK carbonation.
kdrobb2k (24) - Willingboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Indescribable! One of my all time favorites. Pours copper with a fluffy head.Lacing is average. Aroma of pine is present when the bottle opens. Hops, malts are perfectly balanced. Smooth with no overbearing alcohol taste. I wish this was brewed year round.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 Tasting so many Troegs beers and feeling diisapointed in the past has me a little disenchanted. Hearing so many great things about this offering had me curious and excited. I guess my opinion has fallen back into the neutral zone, unbiased, prior to sampling this one. A clear, light amber pour with a dense cream colored head spills from the bottle. Immovable cap with vey thick lacing, good start. Aroma is hops and then some. Slightly resinous and buttery. The nose is like a bed of flowers. For beers that just feature hops in the aroma, this is one I could sniff at all night long, lovely. The flavor is flowery and somewhat citric; no overkill on the grapefruit, much to my delight. It turns out the palate excites me more than the flavor. Silky smooth and light bodied. A nice hop bitterness, leading to a mildly drying finish. Much better than I expected. I could session with this throughout the seasons.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden amber with a small off-white head. Great aroma that is floral, citrusy and piney. The flavor starts out similar to the aroma. Lots of grapefruit and pine hops. This is balanced by a little bit of sweet maltiness and a slightly dry bitter finish. I like this a lot.
Arayaga2 (1875) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice coppery color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a fantastic blend of pine and flowers. Taste is same, but not quite as bold, but more grapefruit shines through here. Carbonation is present but not distracting, and the bitterness finishes quickly without a hint of the "extra" alcohol. $2/12oz
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I managed to miss out on last year’s release of this one, so it was nice to grab some as it was being put on the shelf. Nice looking orange-amber color with a lasting head. Sweet, piney-floral hop aroma. Sweet upfront, with a rush of sticky-sweet pine & grapefruit hops rushing over the palate. Sweet malts help to balance things out and make ’NN’ very tasty. Very smooth, finishes very nice. I’ve always been down on their Hopback ale, which isn’t always profound enough, but this is really good. Not touted as an IPA, but an "Imperial Amber", this one really takes strong, hoppy flavor to the next level. well done!
marcus (7291) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This reddish amber ale poured with a thin off-white head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is unlike anything I have had before. It starts with banana and honey, then quickly goes to piney hops and grapefruit, with a lasting bitterness on the palate. As the beer warms, a distinct caramel malt taste evolves. This indeed a very complex brew, and quite tasty.