RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
This tawny-orange ale immediately assults the senses with the character of hops from the Pacific Northwest. An aroma that combines grapefruit pith and pine resin foreshadows a strongly bitter beer. The flavor is spicy and juicy with citrus dominating over honey and floral notes, then giving way to a dry, chalky bitterness. The almost sweet finish is accentuated by the strength of the alcohol.

Release #1 : 9.5% ABV
Release #2 : 10.1% ABV
Release #3-6 : 9.9% ABV
Release #7-8 : 9.3% ABV
Release #9-10 : 8.7% ABV
Release #11 : 8.9% ABV
Release #12 : 9.0% ABV
Release #13 : 9.6% ABV
Release #14 : 9.4% ABV
Release #18 : 8.4% ABV
Release #27 - 9.6% ABV

2011 GABF Bronze Medalist for Imperial Pale Ale

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (10086) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2012
Bottled. Dry hoppy nose, grapefruit and zest, crackery malt, very grssy. Brilliant light golden color. Lemony, grassy, flavor with honey and sweet orange, mango. Very bitter and dry. Great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2012
bottle, release #18, 8.3%. hazed golden wheat body with a tall and pillowy off-white head. strong sugar and pine resin hops in the nose with slight yellow bell pepper note and hints of mint / toothpaste and turmeric. sweet and sharply acidic with bath soap esters, strong pine resin and a note of garlic and sweet onion thats difficult to get through. lingering resin coating finish with simcoe-like cat urine / ammonia. brutally bitter and highly sweet with no finesse or depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (8107) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy light golden amber with a small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly with some lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus - all hops. Flavor is strong bitter pine and citrus (orange and grapefruit), with a bit of malt sweetness up front. Finish is strongly bitter and lasting. Alcohol is well hidden until the far finish when it gives a warming feel. Another good one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackflag321 (681) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Release #16; 8.9 ABV. Bomber pour into tulip. Appealing balance of hops, bitterness, sweetness and alcohol. A definite "buy again."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2012
One of the better beers at the Cincinnati Brew Ha Ha I sampled. I got a good array of citrus fruits in the aroma including the standard grapefruit with some mango. Notes of the grss / pine hops were there as well. thick going down sweet, finishing bitter. Damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2012
A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a bit of booze. T - Starts out with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and other tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some resiny pine hops and more bitterness come through with some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some bitterness, some sweet bready malts, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile and overall balance. Little bit of floaties.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle release #16. Aroma has notes of citrus, caramel, dried fruits, alcohol and a little cough syrup. Hazy medium orange hue with a small white head that mostly diminished and left good okay lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and syrupy soft with a medium cloying finish. Overall a decent IIPA would like to try fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2012
bottle from Bruisin Ales, Asheville. Release #17. Golden orange jello like looking pour with suspend floaties. Citrus, tangerine, nectarine notes fill aroma. Citrus, Tangerine juice, juicy hops. Nice flavor. Good DIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1974) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bomber. Release #18 8.8% The Imperial IPA was purchased at Libbie Market Ridgefield. This is a fun ale to drink. The IPA poured pale yellow with a small head and lacing down the glass. The aroma had citrus and spruce and was inviting. There is bitterness that hangs on your tongue. The carbonation was lively and contributed to the overall experience. Imperial IPA are special and this is good one. The finish rolled off your tongue with a nice bitterness that stays with you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Beautiful yellow hue color. Beautiful Cenntenial hop smell and taste; fruity and floral. Complex, yet simple grain bill adds a smooth elegance to the bitterness of the hop profile. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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