mabel (10003) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
[1517-20080711] 1pt6floz bottle. Spiced orange hops aroma also has sweet toasted malt. Hazy, medium orange body with a quick off-white foamy head. Bitter hoppy grains and a lingering bitterness in the flavour. Medium body is very bitter. Has a *bear* with antlers on the label, nice!
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
(c/o HogTownHarry & blankboy, w/ them, GregClow, jerc, tupalev)
Clear dark orange with a thick layer of frothy foam. Aroma is big malts, grassy and piney hops, grapefruit and light citrus, touch of raisins and booze. Flavor is balanced between bread/caramel-base malts and dry bitter pine resin hops, orange and lemon zest appear briefly before the bitter finish and dense alcohol warming. Big thick chewy texture and ample carbonation. A surprisingly malty IIPA with a big alcohol presence that dominates when warmed up. blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2008
Two bottles (22oz) shared by me & HogTownHarry with GregClow, jerc, mabel & tupalev. Pours a very slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size frothy off-white head. Nice lacing. Nice aroma which is equally malty and hoppy (citrus and piney resiny hops). Pleasant, dry flavour of caramel malt and resiny hops along with some fruit and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good stuff, it’s a fairly well balanced DIPA and I quite enjoyed it.
amc3000 (47) - long beach, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
very floral aroma,fresh, grassy.
very hoppy taste with a little malt to balance. aftertaste was bitter layover from all those hops. mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
22 oz bottle pours well: pale copper color, slight carbonation, with lasting head the color of linen.
Aroma sparks of green apple candy (Now & Later and Jolly Rancher) and lemony. Flavor profile is quite complex (though absent of apple): orange peel, root beer and horehound, then a severe gripping hop dryness that seems to settle on the roof of the mouth, rather than the extreme sides of the tongue, as most very hoppy beers. The finish is not as blinding as many super-hopped beers, though duration is quite lasting.
This champion IPA goes the distance and is worthy of its "Imperial" designation.
**The label claims 20 hop additions.
Anyone know which hops, and at what point?
P. S., this beer seemed to morph dramatically as it warmed, losing some complexity and taking on a flavor of shellac and a sluggish viscosity common among hopped up brews, so make sure to try it cold.
Delirium (673) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2008
Bomber. Pours somewhat cloudy golden-orange with a large, slightly off-white, head. Aroma is quite malty, heavy on the light fruit (pineapple? melon?), and with some citrus and woody hops. Flavor is an equal mix of the same sort of malt and quite bitter woody hops, with a long lingering finish that’s both melon-sweet and bitter. Somewhat atypical for a DIPA, with more malt character and fewer hops on the nose (but plenty on the palate), but I like it quite a bit. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden coloured with an offwhite head. Somewhat hoppy with notes of dry bread, raisins, pineapples, grapefruit, very light maltyness. Nice hoppyness.
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
bomber shared thanks to zinister. Pours a clear orange with a thin whiite head. Nose is of orange citrus. Taste is of orange rind, but seems a bit artificial. Mouthfeel is medium and bitter finish. BeerIndustry98 (15) - , California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Amber color with a pear, dry hop aroma. Alcohol is very prevelant like most Imperial IPA’s. A little unbalanced, dry, hoppy, medicinal taste and dry finish. Bites at first but mellows and becomes much more drinkable as it gets warmer. Medicinal taste dissipates and the sweetness emerges. I would hold onto this for when the climate gets a bit cooler and not in July. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
Two bottles shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, mabel & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry & blankboy. Deep orange with a small off-white head. Solidly hopped aroma and flavour - lots of orange zest, a bit of pine resin - with just enough malt to keep it under control. Long, well-bittered finish. Medium bodied. Quite enjoyable.