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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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4.1
BroadestTom (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Aroma floral, citrus, Appearance golden, clear, frothy, white foam, Taste lightly bitter, medium bitterness, light sweetness, citrus Palate medium body, lively, Overall a very good ipa that hides the 9% very well. I would suggest this beer to a friend

4.3
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - APR 3, 2010
Aroma is heavy on grapefruit with a hint of other citrusy fruits. Taste is more of the same with grapefruit as the predominate flavor with a little bit of orange also coming through. Finish is dry and crisp, with a lasting aftertaste.

4.1
QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Had this at a restaurant in New Jersey. Great hops with a lot of fruit. Extremely smooth in the palate. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Several occasions, most recently growler. Poured orange-amber with some white head. Aroma of grapefruity hops primarily, with a little malt as well. Taste is slighlty different, with an initial burst of hops that fades into malty sweetness. That was essentially what kept this beer from being 4+; needed more bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel and more hop presence in the finish. Definitely a quality IIPA.

4.3
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass. The color is a clear orange/gold with quite a large amount of foamy head and some really nice lacing. The smell is heavy green hops. Earthy hops just right up front with a grassy flavor that takes me back to those summer days of cutting the grass. The taste is very hop forward. The citrus hops is right there hitting you with both barrels. There is a sweet malt flavors just behind the hops and everything is amped up to eleven. The feel is quite easy once the hops gives way to the even feel of this beer. It is just about as good as you can get with a IPA in stereo.

4.1
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very slightly hazy pale orange, medium off0white head. Nose is sweet hops and fruits. Flavor profile is dominated my notes of peach, pineapple, lime, hops and malt, subtle touch of caramel in the background. Everytime my wife kissed me last night, she said I tasted like candy, NICE ! Nice smooth, slightly bitter finish, hope I can get more of this in the future.

3.9
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Draught @ Beer Table, Brooklyn. Pours lightly hazy dark copper with a creamy off-white head and solid lacing. Nose is resiny pine hops and sweet caramel. Taste is sweet caramel malt, with the resiny hop character emerging early and persisting throughout. Citrus comes through as well, though secondary to the resiny bitterness that seems to come through as the primary hop note. Finish is rich and just a tad dry, with a lingering bitterness. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. Solid offering.

3.6
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
RnH: Pours a clear amber leaving a very thin head ring. The nose is super sweaty, oily... great hops scent. The taste is complex and really enjoyable. Strawberries?! Deep sugars, some cooked qualities... nice brew.

4.5
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Growler/tap. Wow! This is what a dipa should be. Pour is hazy amber with lacy white head. Aromas strong of pine, citrus, and sweet malt. Flavor is all hops. Not dry to finish and I can’t find anything wrong with this one.

3.8
ElCapitan22 (361) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2015 Tastes bitter and of grapefruit. Decent lacing and below avg head retention. A cloudy pale color. Not the most attractive beer, but a tasty one.


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