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RATINGS: 704   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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3.8
TBone (17699) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2008
Draught@The 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.

3.8
yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle. When opening, it slowly worked it’s way out of the bottle, spreading a fine scent of pine cones and citrus peel. It’s quite fizzy in the glass, but not producing much head, just a thin layer of off-white, dense bubbles. Some lacings. The aroma has the already mentioned hoppyness, as well as some alcohol and a malty backbone. It’s full-bodied and quite carbonated, slightly warming. Really smooth. Lots of bitterness and citrus and pine cones, a solid maltyness to match it as well. In the aftertaste the piney, citrusy hops and bitterness dominates, but there’s also room for some malty sweetness and alcohol burn. A well crafted beer that even though it’s definitely on the hoppy side would benefit from a higher attenuation. 110116

3.8
jtclockwork (16701) - , 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.

3.5
brokensail (16486) - 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%.

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16178) - 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
Benzai (15931) - 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
bhensonb (15352) - 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. It’s a very hoppy, but not harsh, ale. S’wonderful.

3.6
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, knækbrød, dryness.

3.7
Scopey (14992) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
On tap at The Ginger Man, NYC. It pours golden yellow with a thin foamy off-white head. The nose is pine, caramel, resin, orange, grapefruit, and floral. The taste is resin, wood, solid hop-bite, tangy orange, lemon and lime, with a long bitter finish. It is medium bodied, with soft carbonation and a slightly sticky mouth-feel. A solid IIPA.

3.5
gunnfryd (14977) - 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.


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