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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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4.2
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Pours a murky, deep, yellow/ orange with a rambunctious head of soft foam that fell leisurely to some sticky, splotchy lace. The 1/2 inch of foam never left this beer. So pretty in the glass but not really orange. If you can appreciate that, it looks like lemon amber. Nose is scrumptious. Grapefruit, peaches, pineapple very tropical and juicy. A delicious malt character that is deep and full. Biscuit, bread and cracker. I would swear it’s pilsner malt I am smelling. Plenty of hop resin on the nose and some pine but not so much pine that it’s all you can smell. Taste is biscuit and cracker, strong, deep and full. A bitterness that does not exceed your ability to taste it or to want to have more if it. Perfectly balanced. Smooth, rich without heaviness. The hops are full but not out of proportion. Good bitter in the dry finish, with resonant malt and juicy fruity hops with a pine aftertaste rather than a pine sol taste up front.

In my opinion, this beer came right up to Alchemy Hour and said "look at me." It’s not the same as alchemy hour in that it has more cracker and biscuit malt, without as much caramel sweetness, and that’s why I like it so much.

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.

4.3
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2009
Tap. Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Lots of orange and lemon flavor with a hint of pine. So good.

3.4
oakbluff (454) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Glouglouburp- thanks Dany. Pours a medium straw colour with a fluffy white head. Nose- sweet candied fruits. Taste- same sweet candied tropical fruit and thicker then thought malt base. A big beer, a little less malt sweetness would be good.

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 (422) - 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 (419) - 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 (396) - 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.


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