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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 aren’t 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 Captain’s Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.

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3.6
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAR 15, 2008
Drank it with Juancho at the Ginger Man in NYC. Classic well crafted IIPA, with lots of citrus and a huge amount of hops.

3.4
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2008
On tap @ Gingerman Very nice, rich amber/copper color. Very strong aromas of resiny hops, well balanced throughout with not a hint of the 8% alcohol.... very drinkable, it sneaks up on you afte a couple imperial pints....

3.9
BakerStMuse (19) - USA - MAR 12, 2008
Citrus-y, flowery aroma, lightly hoppy flavor, very smooth. Light body. On draft at DBA.

3.8
TBone (17580) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2008
[email protected] Ginger Man, NYC as "Imperial IPA"
Dark amber color, small off-white head. Fruity, very strongly flowery hoppy nose. Fruity aromatic hoppy with balancing malts. Wow - this is an IIPA with all the hops and same time extremely drinkable. Finish is flowery and grassy. Good stuff.

3.5
IrishBoy (4200) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Handbottle from mgumby10; Nose is flowery and piney hops, with some light caramelly undertones and a Listerine mouthwash like note; lightly hazy orange with a medium off-white head; flavor has light hop bitterness, caramel and a little pine.

3.3
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
(hand bottle shared with irishboy.)orange body with a small white head.the aroma has some pine/citrus hops,but i also get this strange alcohol/medicinal tone.the flavor is much of the same.

4
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours dark copper and clear, with a turbulent ascention of fine bubbles. A white cap of a half-inch stuck around for 2-3 minutes before retiring to a light skim coat. Not bad for a growler. Aromatics are floral and citrus-laden. Dry-ish hopping and leafy, with light grassy notes, peaches, pears, and tangerines. A hint of warmth eludes to the strength amongst the hop-strong character. Mouthfeel is drying and bitter, with a sticky, sappy cling. The pallet is quite hoppy also, with a smooth, lingering bitterness which keeps the sweetish malts in check. Plenty of tropical fruits and powdered resin. Dryed apricots, candied orange segments, and pine sap are forefront, with the bitterness continuing on for the duration. Finishes with a drying tackiness and warth on the back of the throat.

3.9
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Thanks to Paul for the handbottle! Poured translucent medium orange with a tall initial cap of deep beige head. The aroma picked up a helluva lot of hoppage.. pineapple, grapefruit, and pine led the way with lighter fruits and a bit of citrus sweetness behind. The flavor had lighter fruits and hints of honey and toffee at the core, surrounded again by heavy bitterness.. pine and juicy pineapple were amplified by spicy alcohol.. warm, fruity finish. Heavier-bodied on the palate with just the right carbonation to keep it moving along.. well-balanced and just really enjoyable all-around!

3.9
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Do not know what took me so long to finally rate this beer. Either way every time I drink it I am always reminded how authentically non-East coast it is. It s a clear dark amber color with a small but sticky head. Aroma is strong tropical fruit hops with some present bitterness to offset the medium sweetness of the hops. Taste is nicely balanced with sweet and lightly bitter hoppiness. It has a medium body that is not sticky or overly aggressive on the cheeks. Makes this beer so easy to drink and yet get your hop fix. Seems to not have changed much since it was originally brewed (as opposed to some of the other brews)
Goblet pour on tap at Blind Tiger.

3.4
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2008
rotten pine aroma not much of a head. Tastes much better than it smells with pine and citrus. A little dry and a decent hop finish. Was looking for more.


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