RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
This is our house-brewed version of an Imperial Pale Ale, a ramped-up version (higher alcohol and hops) of an India Pale Ale that has grown in popularity throughout the country and now has its own category in major competitions. It won the Bronze Medal at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival in the American Strong Pale Ale category.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3889) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Sampler at source. This should be listed as a DIPA, not ASA. Dark orange amber color that completely covers the side of the glass as you drink it down. Aroma is a fresh bouquet of hops - some citrus, some fruit nicely blended, no/low pine. Medium bitterness on the nose. Alcohol appropriately pleasant with a present neutral malt background. Flavor is hop profile with a medium hip bitterness that overtakes the flavor and leads into the aftertaste. As the beer warms up there is a mild diacetyl character. I could see less sensitive people not picking it up. Also, I dont mind the character as much but I could see those that dislike it really penalizing the beer for it. I actually think in this case it provides a nice characteristic to balance the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (9162) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Clear brilliant amber/copper with a sweet copper malt tone with a touch of earthy citric bitterness. Hoppy floral flavor with a caramellish bitter finish. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Draught in a flight at the brewpub. Pours a slightly hazy amber color. Nose has quite a bit of rye in there for me, along with the pepper that comes with it. Taste is slightly bitter and has a lot of the spicy elements in there. This was only OK for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hanuta06 (469) - Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Serving: from tap at Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub. Aroma: moderate, piney hoppy aroma. Appearance: very small, off-white, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Hazy, medium-amber body. Taste: moderately bitter initial flavor, and moderately bitter and lightly sour, lemony finish with average duration. Palate: medium bodied with dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall: just another hoppy ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2011
Draft in Burien (month or so back): Hazy amber with a nice head. Crisp. Very fruity; has notes of apple, pear and grapefruit. Finish was toasted and a bit stark, bitterness-wise. Hop aromas lacked depth. Says 140 IBUs, which is unlikely, of course, but it seemed more like 70. Slightly hot from the alcohol. Not bad, but definitely not my favorite from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (4019) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Peachy amber color with a thin head. This definitely screams hops from the first whiff, a stiff one-dimensional, but lovely, floral, leafy dose of Chinook. The flavor remains consistent with a full-press bitter, leafy, Chinook body and dryish raw hop bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Sampler at brewpub. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is a nice citrus and pine. Taste is of citrus. Mouthfeel is resinous and bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2010
On tap at West Seattle location. Pours honey brown with some off white clings. Slightly sugary aroma, with some citrus and some pine. Quite bitter. Spruce and pine, grassy, long bitter grapefruit peel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Tap at the pub. Poured a dark, orange amber with a lovely off-white head. Left lacing as I drank. Aroma is hoppy with notes of grapefruit. Flavor is a little toasty and malty, but is all about the resinous, grapefruit hops. Very hoppy, but drinkable, with a pleasantly bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Date: September 18, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub, Elliott
Appearance: cloudy amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal and caramel malt aroma, light citrus
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel balanced by lots of earthyness, touch of spicyness including a peppery character, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

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