Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA

 
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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Anderson Valley Brewing Co. first opened in downtown Boonville on December 26, 1987. This was a dream come true for those wishing to savor high quality, flavorful and perfectly balanced beers. To celebrate our 20 years of continued success, we have created a unique beer. Our Imperial India Pale Ale is loaded with excessive amounts of malts and 20 seperate additions of the finest Pacific Northwest hops. We hope you find it most enjoyable!

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Medium orange amber, decent head. Aroma was bitter citric hops. Flavor was very, very bitter, just a faint hint of biscuit malt, and much less hop flavor than I would have expected, just a bit of pine and citrus. Too bad, I was looking forward to trying this. Thinner than I wanted, bitterness out of balance with the rest of the beer, and the hops didnt shine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10471) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Draft at Craft Ale House. Poured deep golden with dark straw edges and off-white head. Nose was heavy tangerine, pineapple, some juicy hops, mild breadiness. Palate was medium heft, with hefty tropical fruity hops, but I noted a lack of malt bill that served to slightly unbalance this one. I had this after a Green Flash IPA, and the Green Flash blew it away. Then again, Green Flash IPA blows away most IPAs, so thats not surprising. A good, but not great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14022) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2009
(22oz bottle) Medium off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some cattiness. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/catty, some caramel/bread. Medium body, fairly chewy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2009
On tap. Clear orange with white head. Aroma is hoppy, fruity, floral. Flavor is floral, graham cracker, kiwi, syrupy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle. Nice hops nose on it. Clearish red in color, decent head. Taste is malty and sugary. The hops have lost their touch on this beer. Still hoppy but just a little dissapointed considering they used 20 separate hop additions. I wish I could of had this fresh....I bet it was alot better. Still overall, not a bad DIPA at all

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (3120) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Golden orange color... Almost a fruity aroma.. Flavor is sweet and flavorful with well balanced hoppiness... A little more bitter than the Dogfish 90 minute, but still very tasty...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Tap at CAH. Pours a hazy orange with lots of golden notes and a small creamy off white head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, orange and floral hops. Various fruity notes with some bready and caramel malt to balance. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, really nice and hoppy. Malt backbone present with some dough, caramel, grains and cereal. Medium hop bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 20, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours a slightly cloudy honey amber with a medium oft white head. Aroma of tangy citrus, buttery caramel malts and light floral hops. Taste of tangy citrus, caramel malts, and light floral hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a medium orange body with a one finger white head. Hop floral citrus notes some earthy bitterness. Decent IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Pours a fairly thick slightly dark copper. Aroma is a bit strange- some vanilla, some oak, caramel malt, some slight citrus and some rice-wine notes. Flavor also contains that rice-wine and some subtle grapefruit in the back that is actually quite nice. Kinda could see this being a Hitachino brew. Fairly unique at the very least, but certainly not one of my favorite doubles. Creamy palate.


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