RATINGS: 265   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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italianjohn (3310) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pale golden pour with a soapy white head and lots of striped lacing .... Aroma of floral and resinous hops with citrusy grapefruit and piney hops ... Notes of tropical flavors as well .... Taste is bitter, mango and rindy nice citrusy grapefruit punch as well as tropical notes .... Has a bitter dry hopped backbone with piney hops .... Lingering tropical notes and piney hops in the finish ... Nice

GTAEgeek (2497) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2016
22 oz. bottle, shared by Albert. Release #49, 9.6% ABV. Light yellow pour, with a small, off-white head. The nose is resin, butterscotch, strong floral notes, and basil. Sweet flavor up front, with a mild and very easy bitterness through the finish. Medium body, creamy, lightly bubbly, and easy. This is a straightforward IPA, but wonderfully aromatic. Showcases hoppiness in an unusual way, subtly and elegantly.

fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle from Belmont Station, Portland; release #42, 9.9% ABV
Hazy dark blond color with generous compact head. Strong aroma: orange peel, hop resins, hints of mango, earthy too. Full bodied, fairly sweet but not cloying; the paler color of malt does a good job, no caramel stickiness; the strong hopping blends in very well, carrying loads of quality, sweet oranges and a bit of mango overall, with some grapefruit pungency in the final.

tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
A bit yeasty, even on the first pour. May try this again. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Mindwarp (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Release #34 - Pours a medium gold with a thin white head. Aroma, the best I can describe is a floral, resiny spicy smell. Its a different smell and the taste follows the smell and is hard for me to describe.

Martinus (4736) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of hops, tropical fruits, passion fruit and resin. Bitter hoppy flavour, grapefruit and citrus. Bitter finish, hops and pineapple. Nice.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, Benzai!)

77ships (11481) - 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.

Benzai (16918) - 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!

DutchDrebus (6323) - 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.

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.

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