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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (9227) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
Thanks! to Benzai. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT XIII. Clear orange, little white head. Nose is huge herbal orange peel, hop oil. Taste is herbal & pine resin oil, very oily, light fruit. Average body. Decent, touch too herbal. Not exemplary but solid for sure.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (15092) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Clear orange golden color, medium sized white to off-white head. Aroma is malts, superb hops. Taste malts, hops, resin, pine, more hops, sticky hops and sticky hop bitter. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Fantastic imperial IPA! Spot on!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5800) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT12. Slightly hazy yellow to orange colour with a small white head. Smells hops, fresh, fruity. Tastes hops, fruity, fresh, quite nice. Full body, soft carbo.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Meberlein (1) - Sterling heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2015 does not count
Upfront taste of honey and citrus with a clean finish. Not overly hoppy or bitter. An off-season option for hopslam like flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (5462) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle at the brewery. Pours clear amber with a fizzy white head. Tastes like caramel, strong hop resin, light grapefruit, light nutty malt. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like hop resin, caramel, and light grapefruit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2015
good not great free sample....release #32... might have been old no date on bottle....not as hoppy as expected...(#428)......

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vandc01 (398) - North Branch, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Release #25 - 1 of 1800 bottles Aroma - very orangy, tropical Appearance - Hazy golden pour. Taste - Very tropical. The taste follows the aroma almost exact. If this beer were to age too long, I dont think I would like it as much, but this is pretty good. Palate - Huge mouth feel. Coats the entire tongue. Not a lot of bitterness, but solid. Overall - as long as it is fresh, I would seek this beer again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is big hops and malt, fruity, piney and citrussy. Flavour is caramel malt, quickly overtaken by huge amounts of hops. Very nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkSanta410 (900) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Taster at the brewery. Pours a clear amber color. Aroma is piney hops, caramel. Taste is hoppy, pine, resinous, solid bitterness. Caramel sweetness brings a good balance. Palate is balanced, medium body, medium carbonation. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
degbert (1771) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle, release 36. Pours a lambent gold with a high, coarse-grained, off-white head. Nose is surprisingly subtle -- mostly floral (lavender) with herbal and lime notes. Massive bitterness up front with a very slight soapy overtone; prickly on the tongue, and the hops bitterness never really lets up. Some orange and toffee malt notes, but theyre hard to pick out. That soapy note mars the balance. Great mouthfeel. Good, but not great.


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