Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Amyliz4 for stopping by Rick’s in Alexandria to pick this one up this evening. $5.49. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a night dark peach color, similar to that of Pliny the Elder. That’s where the similarities begin, but certainly not where they end. Good white head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar throughout.
The nose packs a punch with some strong citrus hops to start as well as some nice notes of pine in the background. Bit of light alcohol and general hoppiness throughout. The flavor is fairly comparable to Elder in the it starts out as an amalgamation of bright hops and eventually the individual components come through. Mostly citrus rind with bits of tropical fruit and pine, the former at first and the latter especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Very dry finish. Slightly-noticeable alcohol.
Overall, this is a very, very solid attempt and I am quite happy that this will seemingly be readily available at a very nice price point, though not quite as nice as having it in sixers.
PapaSkeetSkeet (678) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
rather hazy light gold. healthy white head, but not bubbly. Aroma is full of berries, citrus, cherry. Flavor is berry and orange, with light floral notes, and a big piney prickly finish that lingers on and on. No caramel is overtly apparent. Medium bodied. It’s good, but what makes this an Imperial PA rather than an India PA?
McGrupp612 (138) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very excited to try this. Bomber date was bottled on 8/11/11. Dark gold with an off white head. Weak aroma, faint grapefruit, pine and malt. Hop resin, malt, pine and faint booze on the flavor. Palate is too thin for a strong ale and too heavy for an IPA. I was expecting much more.
Chipper (284) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear light amber pour with a moderate white head. Aroma of fresh hops, citrus, and pine. Flavor is super smooth, hoppy and bitter. Booze is very well hidden. Excellent!
JoePeesie (829) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Troeges brew, and I rather enjoyed it. It is a very solid Imperial Pale Ale. I was fortunate enough to get it 1 week to the day after it was released. I will say that because of the hop variety fresh fresher freshest. This beer will taste completely different in a month I suspect. If you have the option grab one quick it is definitely worth trying.
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WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loved it. Not quite clear amber, large white head, good retention, and good lacing. Nose of sweet malts and American PNW hops ... strong notes of grapefruit and note of pine behind. Great mouthfeel. Taste of sweet malts, orange peel bitterness, then sweet melon, then pine, then more bitterness, with a long bitter finish. Great stuff. Bonus point for coming in at a drinkable 7.5% instead of some of the higher numbers on other imperial or double IPAs.
TheEpeeist (2820) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear golden brown with a foamy off-white head. Nose is pine and grapefruit; spicy, hints of honey. Quite bitter at first. Resiny medium body, almost sappy, briefly countered by crisp scrubbing bubbles. Taste is toffee, grapefruit, citrus peel, pineapple and black pepper. Not something i would session, like Nuggie, but would be killer with spicy food.
sherm1016 (887) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a yellowish-amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, grapefruit. A litte heavy on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, hoppy, citrus, with a bitter hop finish. Very nice.
JaBier (3729) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample as a bonus beer at the organic beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 8/18/11. Clear gold pour with a medium white head. Spicy, piney and citrusy hop nose with some malt. Spicy and piney hop flavor with and earthy and grassy hop finish.
superspak (1480) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle 8/11/11. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with 2 fingers of dense off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. A bit of nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine, caramel, orange, tropical fruits, and spices. Very nice aromas here with good strength as well. Taste of big pine, grapefruit, orange, caramel, and big spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish that lingers for a decent period of time with caramel, citrus, pine, and spice notes. Very nice balance of bitterness to sweetness. Medium carbonation and body, with a decently creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed other than a very small warming after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink as well. Overall an excellent and delicious IPA. Very hoppy and nicely balanced, with smooth drinkability.