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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer is a salute to the ingenuity and creativity of the American craft brewers. A uniquely American style of beer, the Double or Imperial IPA, has become the calling card of many craft brewers who arenít afraid to push the limits of what hops can add to a beer. This beer is big and hoppy - not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to experience sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA. Sensory Profile: Hops, and lots of them. The aroma is bursting with the classic citrus and pine aroma of American-grown hops. The flavor is dominated by a hoppy bitterness, with just enough malt to make you want to take another sip. Food Pairing: This beer needs an assertive food to stand up to it. Match Captainís Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.

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lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Growler shared by Jonathan at tasting. Thanks man!
Pours a cloudy, rich reddish amber. Smell is sweet and fruity caramel, and some fresh pleasant hoppiness. Taste is fairly hoppy, but quite smooth with bitter pine, and fruit flavors. Very balanced and easy to drink for a DIPA. Great stuff.

4.1
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Growler. Sweet orange nose, loads of citrus. Copper-gold colored with a thin head. Way drinkable, mild bitterness in the middle surrounded by citrus sweetness. A very clean IIPA.

3.9
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 growler and on Draft at the brewery. Pour an amber body with a white foamy head. Aroma and flavor is pine, citrus, honey and floral hops. A nice warming of etoh in the finish a solid ipa.

3.7
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2008 On tap at the brewery. Golden color with a light head. Piney, grapefruit hoes nose. Flavor of citrus hops, much like the flavor. Crisp, bitter caboose. Refreshing. Good beer.

3.9
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Pours a clear amber/orange/brown with a nice creme head. Nose is piney hops. Flavor is pretty robust. The hops are a bit too strong and provide a very thick piney flavor with a salty edge to it. Feel is sticky and thick with a low carbonation caressing the tongue. Overall pretty drinkable. Just seems a bit too heavy handed at first, though it mellows out over time.

4.1
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2008
32 oz flip-top from NBD, NYC. Deep orange brown with a pocked beige head and lacy rings. Nose is cantaloupe, grapefruit and mango; lovely. Body is rich and chewy with a light, tingly carb. Taste like the nose but primarily grilled pineapple and pine. Finish is smooth and bready with citrus oil. Dry with controlled bitterness. Excellent brew; love the 32 oz growlers.

4.5
cazort (561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
(On tap) Outstanding; a truly unique beer. Aroma strongly of grapefruit...fruity, complex, and genuinely grapefruit-like, with the bitterness, bite, and fresh and clean aroma. Iíve never had anything even remotely like this, and I absolutely love it. For having such a high alcohol content, this beer is surprisingly light and refreshing. Prior to drinking this beer, I havenít tasted a single double IPA that I actually liked, since most of them are too heavy, taste too alcoholic, or have some sort of objectionable quality to the hops. This brew has no objectionable qualities whatsoever, and has a lot of complexity, in a unique sort of way. I became a huge fan of this beer with the first sip and am eager to drink it again.

3.3
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(Hand bottled) Pours a clear orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, apricot, and mango. Flavor of hops (pine), caramel malt, and some tropical fruits with a bitter finish.

3.9
vyvvy (6400) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2008
On tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Pours hazy orange with an off-white head. The aroma has lots of hops ~ tropical, pine and citrus. There is a good rich caramel malt in the background, but definitely noticeable to give a very nice balance. The body is thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. The taste is much like the aroma and like the body the taste is very full and offers up more malt than the style usually shows. The hops are still very present and all aspects are represented well. It seems like there is a strong Simcoe hop presence. Very nice beer.

3.8
pineypower (3297) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2008
Growler, thanks to Dmac. Pours light copper with a moderate white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Taste is of citrus and some floral hops, mainly grapefruit. Sweet malty notes go in there for a good amount of balance, I felt the aroma led me to believe it was going to be a more straight forward bombardment of hops, but this is nicely balanced. Good fruity sweetness going on in here. Iíd drink it again.


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