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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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DrunkSanta410 (940) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, 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
degbert (1773) - 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 they’re hard to pick out. That soapy note mars the balance. Great mouthfeel. Good, but not great.

3.8
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Release 37 (bottled mid April). Pours a hazy, dark gold going toward amber with a fair cream colored cap that settles pretty quickly to a thin ring with some larger bubbles, leaving plenty of spotty, soapy lace. Nose involves plenty of sweet toasted barley, some floral notes, light pine, tropical and stone fruit, some spice. Quite sweet, decently bitter. Full bodied, pretty oily, fair action, slippery, with a lengthy herbal bitter finish. As constituted, pretty good, drinking like a blonde barleywine. Not that it hasn’t held up well, because it has, but I just get the feeling that, at pushing 6 months old, this had to be more vibrant when it was younger.

4.1
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2014
A full bodied IPA with tons of dank hops in both the nose and in the mouth.

4.1
slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"release #14 - good stuff! dark dank aroma slightly reminiscent of Avery Maharaja. Full flavored and full bodied, thick and chewy, bittersweet citrus and pine. "

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PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 23, 2014
22 oz Bomber. Tasted on 9/23/14. Bottle from Total Wine Lewisville, TX. The beer has a strong pine & some citrus hop aroma. The flavor is also piney with a medium citrus to it. It also has a nice dry finish for a 9.8 ABV. Overall a very nice DIPA.

4.2
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine, Summerlin. Hazy yellow pour white head. Aroma is very fruity, resin, pine, citrus and floral hops. Flavor is quite bitter and very fruity. Very smooth and with a thick body. Lovely IPA.

4.1
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2014
All those yearly release stats are very cute. Its a copper beer with a spotty white lace. The atoma is bitter and has traces of orange rind. The flavor is bitter and has traces of tangerine pulp and pine. On the whole its mellow, easily palateable and delicious. Cheers to the fourth tastebud group!

3.4
Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
A good hoppiness, though covered by a strong level of booze. Still pretty drinkable. Good head.

3.9
jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
22 oz bottle. Golden with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of dank hops, pineapple, mango, pine, and light grass. Tasters of pine, resin, dank tops, some citrus, caramel, and booze with a sticky mouth feel.


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