overall
98
96
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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An unfiltered, 100% bottle-conditioned, super-pungent imperial I.P.A. clocking in at 9% ABV and dry-hopped with Palisade, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, CTZ, and Willamette hops. The beer will come out in June of 2009 in a handful of eastern seaboard states. It will only be packaged in 750ml champagne bottles. Seek it out... and hoard it from the non-believers.

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3.3
Ernest (7792) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of black tea, graham cracker, scorched honey, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pretty good flavor balance and mouthfeel for the style, but the aroma is meek and somewhat odd (but thankfully not the usual raw/green hop bomb that most in this style are). Ok but not terribly enjoyable.

3.9
Leafs93 (2332) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Pours hazy gold with a medium white head. Aroma is citrus - grapefruit, floral, biscuit and pine. Taste is bitters with some tartness. Smooth with a quick dry finish. Overall a very enjoyable IPA

3.4
TEJA (3203) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle from the 2016 release. Nice light beige head. Light opaque golden color. Good hop aroma. Medium hoppy taste and a big malty caramell taste. Balanced bitterness.

3.3
mvp (265) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Good aroma. Nice copper color with a white frothy head. The palate seemed kind of thin. It was bitter but also dry and not that well balanced. I’m a little disappointed. hopping for a bit more.

3.3
ABUSEDGOAT (2826) - California, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Slightly hazy amber color, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is reminiscent of 90 minute IPA. Maltier with notes of grapefruit, citrus, pine. Medium bodied, semi chewy mouthfeel with caramel sweetness and PNW flavors.

3.8
swesson (469) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2016
From a bomber. Pours a light gold and makes a sudsy, big macro beer head with a bit of lacing down the glass. Aroma is of corn, floral, Pilsner, and a bit of hops. Tastes of biscuit, caramel, and lightly hopped. Surprisingly high abv for the taste. It's a good beer, but a bit too much macro beer taste for my liking even though I'm giving it a good grade. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
b79turner (260) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2016
2016 release, golden pour with a white light fluffy head. Nose is floral, Belgian spices, very light and mild. Taste is similar, lightly carbonated. This is a nice beer that doesn't show it's 9% ABV. I would prefer the 90 minute IPA any day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
Sledutah (7792) - Utah, USA - MAY 27, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to obguthr
Pours cloudy golden with a medium sized off-white head, good lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel and herbal. Taste is sweet, grassy, grapefruit and pine
Ok, bitter

3.9
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Sweet floral and candy aroma. Some berry and perfume. No malt or alcohol presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Flame orange; mostly clear. Large, eggshell, frothy head. Good retention and lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Surprisingly well-balanced for the style. Some sweet amber maltiness complemented by candy/berry/floral hops. Bitterness is restrained and does not feel like 90 IBUs. Some pine flavor on the finish. Alcohol is part of the palette, but not distracting. Satisfying and enjoyable. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; noticeable thick though soft and smooth. Carbonation is a bit low despite being bottle-conditioned. Finishes rather clean with minor resiny aftertaste. Alcohol warmth is part of the experience. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine strong IPA, but not as special as it’s marketed and packaged. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 39/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

3.9
sinfull (1781) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Hazy , straw color . Big , white head . Caramel malt , honey , pine and fruits in aroma . Great balance of maltiness and bitter hops . Full body . Good , classic DIPA.


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