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RATINGS: 713   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16111) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
A: The pour is very pretty. A clear amber color with a massive white head and tons of sheeted lacing on the glass. S: A really sharp pineapple, grapefruit, and slightly piney aroma. There is a touch of alcohol too, but it melds in with the pineapple sweetness. T: A very strong bitterness to the flavor, but not really all that much else. Certainly piney, but the same fruitiness is not present here. M: The body is medium with a medium carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth, especially as the beer warms up a little bit. D: Not a bad IPA from the east coast. I would prefer a bit more contrast in terms of the hop flavors, but this one is pretty easy to drink, especially at 9%.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (15763) - DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle from Voldby. Golden with large off-white head. Flavour is malt, grass, citrus and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15683) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2010
Bottle @ Olbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours clear golden with a small creamy lasting head and lacings. Nose is very hoppy. Pine needles and grapefruit - very fresh . Dry , bitter and floral hop flavor. Exotic fruit. Very dry with little malt sweetness. Crisp, oily and sticky. Lasting dry end. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15247) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Pours a very clear amber with white head. Nose is full of fruits, citrus, floral hops. Taste is citrus all over your mouth with nice sweet malt balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear deep amber - white head. High hoppy, high resin grassy, caramel, sweetness, toasted, fruity, citus, grape fruity, knśkbrÝd, dryness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14979) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours a mostly clear pale golden with a medium foamy white head. Aroma is very piney, truckloads of piney hops, floral notes, and a cracker-y malt backing. Flavour is beautifully resinous and piney in its upfront hop character without overburdening the palate with bitterness, with just enough cracker malt backing - some floral notes in there as well. Creamy, piney and satisfying on the palate. Nothing new here, but itís brewed beautifully.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14453) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes, Martinus and Judyvv. Hazy yellow to orange color, full sized fair lacing white head. Smell lightly malts, hops, mandarin, lightly grapefruit. Taste lightly malts, hops, lightly grapefruit, mandarin and bitter. Medium body and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14311) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle from Cletus. Thanks man! Pours orange/yellow with a four finger clingy white head. Aromas of citrus/pine/floral. Fresh. Near full bodied with mildly creamy carbonation. Flavor is all those wonderful hops. Is there caramel? Who can tell. Itís a very hoppy, but not harsh, ale. Síwonderful.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14259) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2011
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, grain, malt. Flavour is hop, peaches, pine, fruit, citrus, malt, grain.Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13634) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2010
500 ml bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, citrus and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, pine and grapefruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.


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