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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Imperial IPA has an assertive aroma of sticky, resinous Summit hops. A complex flavor profile includes notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, and spruce. Though the flavor focus is on hops, a trio of malts provides a balance to the beer, creating a delicious level of palatability. Hints of caramel, toffee, and freshly-baked biscuits are also apparent in the flavor profile.

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4.8
Sir+Drinksalot (34) - Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Outstanding! Extreme on the hops; pine, pine and more pine. Grapefruit and very intense full lasting flavor. Burped up a small pine cone. I had this out of a bottle and very fresh. Very much like 3F Alpha King but in my opinion even more intense hop finish! Can’t wait to get some more.

4.8
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2014 Pours a cloudy, glowing orange color. Huge puffy head. Glows bright from the inside like primordial amber. The aroma is a big, bold flowery hop. Notes of spicy orange peel and tangerine. (It uses Summit hops, which is one of the few beers I’ve had that uses them.) Has a rich, rye-like base in the aroma. It’s sweet and estery and magnificent. Unreal. The taste is sweet tangerine and orange with a hint of grapefruit. It’s like a rich, bready base with a kind of citrusy (Five Alive?) flavor on top. But the malt is dark like a bitter rye bread. Just this side of perfect. The feel is creamy and yet oily like an Imperial Stout or a barleywine. It’s substantial and doesn’t let you forget it’s there. This is a goddamn fantastic beer. A masterpiece. NOTE: I’m seeing a lot of notes from 2014, and I’m not sure if they reissued this beer since then, because I haven’t seen it anywhere recently. But I can tell you that this beer was not meant to be aged. If the good people are Arcadia could be persuaded into making this beer again, I think they would find it would be well-received, and that I would be eternally grateful. This is the kind of beer that I’ll always remember where I was when I first had it.

4.7
Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2011 Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear deep amber brew with pale head. Outstanding aroma of incredible aromatic hops. The aroma makes my mouth water... amazing. Taste is fabulous - malt that is sweet and somehow light, honey-like, offset by the most refined and aromatic bitter hops I’ve ever tasted. Distinctive, excellent, outstanding.

4.7
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2012
On tap at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. This was damn good. Amazing orange-amber color. Plenty of intricate lacing left from the soapy off-white head. Nose is just all kinds of crazy hop goodness, lots of resin and citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, and some earth dankness. Reminded me of Devil Dancer that I had on tap, which also had a crazy amazing nose to it. Taste is all kinds of bitter with slight balance from the malt. Finish is luxurious, smooth, slightly oily and sticky. Wow. That’s all I can really say.

4.6
milewide (2249) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Hop mix is different from anything I’ve tried---and I like it! Hops are more European herbal rather than American fruit. Lingering bitter after-taste. Amber orange color and clear for an unfiltered brew. Medium body. Caught fruit in aroma of second bottle.

4.5
Nejhleader (1560) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
on tap at fatheads in pitt. Awesome brew. Nice strong hop/pine aroma. nice sweet hoppy taste, body was nice and thick, yet smoth, radical!

4.5
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a medium white head. Excellent aroma of hops and citrus, especially grapefruit. Mouthfeel isn’t that great, as it feels heavily carbonated. Flavor is very nice. Strong alcohol presence, with grapefruit as the dominant citrus flavor to it. Another really good offering from Arcadia.

4.5
obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2009
This is an excellent offering of a double IPA from Arcadia. The beer pours a light amber color with a huge white head. The head leaves an abundance of lacing around the glass. The nose is full of hops, pine, grapefruit and bread. The body is strong, but smooth and enjoyable. The flavors are spicy, hoppy, well-balanced and delicious, with notes of grass, grapefruit, bread, pine and a hint of a floral character. The finish is spicy, dry and hoppy. This double IPA had quite the malt backbone for balance and ultimate enjoyment. This is certainly one of the better double IPAs out there.

4.5
Corrinado711 (80) - - JUN 22, 2012
one of my favorite IPAs. love the citrus/grapefruit aromas. not too much head. nice orange color. tastes similar to how it smells with citrus, bitter and slight alcohol on finish. not over-spiced and not a typical imperial IPA finish. really like this one.

4.5
Lupulucid (189) - - JUN 6, 2013
Thick with malt sweetness well balanced with hops. Bright orange color hints at brighter citrus expression.


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