RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
This remarkably balanced brew has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma, reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolbreese (1) - USA - MAR 8, 2006 does not count
Everything I think a Double IPA should be. Very hoppy (could stand some more bittering hops), slight alcohol taste, copper color....very drinkable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1401) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Strong piney aroma greets the nose. Cloudy amber color. Good lacing. Moderate bitterness in flavor, which is expected for the style. Doesnt quite match up to most for its style. The bitterness really hangs on in the finish. Somethings just a little off on this beer. Cant quite put my finger on it. Very good, just not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2006
smells incredibly of hops. strong hop flavor, but not overly bitter as id expect from a IPA2. usually id want it more bitter... but this is well balances. the flavor lingers slighty... its nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
Bomber courtesy of Styles, thanks Chris! Deep copper pour giving way to a HUGE frothy, beige head. Tons of belgian style lacing here, create the perfect appearance. I dont do this often, but appearance here is a 5. Huge pine hop presence in the nose, I mean big. Its strong, and enjoyable.Theres some crystal malt in the nose too, could use a little more to balance out the aroma, but its pungeny hop aroma is all I need. An assault of hops fills the mouth, and appeases all that I want as far as hops are concerned. A fresh, pine and citric hops flavour is big, bold, and beautiful. Theres minute caramel malt sweetness to balance, but I think this beer needs a few more months of to sit. This is a big beer, and its up there with Ruination, Dreadnaught, etc. Had it on tap at the Mi brewers guild fest, but it wasnt close to this good. Wow, thanks so much Chris. A must try!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Perfect appearance, burnt orange body with a big of white head. As some have said this is a bit thin on the palate and light on the flavor for the style. It has a nice malt backbone, some bread notes and smooth citrus flavors but is just too wimpy for I2PA standards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
dark orange with a white head. huge somewhat sweet piney citrus aroma. flavor is nice and bitter with a little malty sweetness just not much going on. body seems a bit light for an imperial ipa. the finish falls flat and seems a bit watered down. decent just a little disappointing for an imperial ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
draught. orange body with a small white head. the aroma is great - full of pine hops and biscuit. this is very balanced for an IIPA with mellow leafy pine and some warm alcohol. soft bready undertones. good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Kind of low tasting on the IBU scale for an IIPA, but not a bad brew at all. Deep orange with a creamy beige head, its got the grapefruit, piney, and floral aromas that one comes to expect in the style, albeit a bit tamed down. The caramel backbone is solid, supporting some good hop bitterness. Nice lingering hoppy finish. I wish theyd kick it up a notch, though.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Bomber bottle and served in a ye old pint glass and near room temp:
Poured a moderately hazed coppery hue topped by a rich foamy head and excellent lacing on the glassware. The aroma is pure PMW grapefruit and piney hops with a light caramel and Maris Otter character full force. A peppery ester is also found on top of it all.

The taste is juicy fruit gum with a pepper twist. Very well behaved and proper just as I would expect from Arcadia since their best beers are more British traditional. This is by no means a hop bomb but there is just enough bitterness to keep ya happy. There is a yeasty aftertone that seems to mute the bitterness and kept the aftertaste in check. Very dangerously drinkable and so smooth with zero note of alcohol or metallic sharpness.

If there is such a thing as a session IIPA, this would be it. (far better than batch 999 IMO)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Hey,this isnt a bad beer but I sure thought that they wouldve put more into this as it is the 1st in their BIG BEER series.Mostly sweet malts and some floral hops when I should hace been typing big hopiness and some sweet malts.

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