RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2656) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Clear orange amber, decent lace/retention. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, pine, etc. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well, moderate to high bitterness. Textbook.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewHaMeister (442) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bomber pours a golden straw with an abundance of white head and nice lacing. Aroma is subtle hops with pronounced corn and malt. Flavor and overall is disappointing for the ratings so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (2075) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Release #33. Pours a medium ambery orange. Quite cloudy. The head is frothy and off-white. Lots of lacing and excellent retention. The aroma is big on tangerine, grapefruit, orange and pine hop notes. Theres a fairly strong caramel malt character, more sugar than Id like but its not too over the top. A little bubblegum-ish. The taste starts off with sugary malt flavor. Theres also a good amount of citric hop flavor. Relatively little bitterness, though the finish has a decent bite. Still too much sweetness. Fairly thick feel. Lasting aftertaste. A little more than booze than Id like but not too bad. Its a fairly sweet DIPA with too much of a bubblegum caramel flavor to it, but its still rather tasty. The hops are nice, if somewhat unexciting. The malt sweetness is good enough in and of itself, at least. Its just not how I prefer my DIPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (13545) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Draft - Big pine and a little sweet malt. Clear gold with a thin white head. Sweet malts, hops and a bit of booze. Strong and not up to par.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2715) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bomber from Woodmans in Waukesha. Pours a hazy pale orange with a white head leaving a lot of sticky strings of lace. Aroma has citrus (oranges, pineapple, lemons) and pine. Further down in the glass, some of the caramel aroma shows through. Taste is of sweet caramel, very spicy pine and a grapefruity/lemony mix. Some peppery tang kicks in through the glass. Strong components all. Medium bodied and sticky. Finishes with a lot of depth, and quite a bit of bitterness. Yet - again - some solid sweet caramel and some strong piney/peppery presence is there. Initially thought this was thin and did not have enough character to stay with the aroma, but the body really developed through the glass with a lot of nice pieces that took turns showing up strongly.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
LOVEMESOMEIPA (10) - - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle at Papago Brewing in AZ. I think the label looks cheap. Color of the beer looks great. The hop is way to astringent on my tongue. The bitterness is not balanced right. I had high hopes for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2194) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours a murky amber, with a fluffy white head that leaves thick lacing. The nose is sweet, malty with honey and floral notes. Flavors are of bold sweet malts, caramel, peppering piney bitters, light ABV to finish. The integration is almost perfect, and with a soft palate with light alcohol activity, it goes down the palate very well. Great Impy IPA!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bomber. Hazy dark golden orange pour with a sudsy layer of off-white foam. Aroma offers up a healthy serving of grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, pine and caramel. Taste is a blend of resiny hops bitterness, tangerine and orange rind along with some mint, pineapple and caramel malt sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with significant carbonation and another round of tropical fruit and hops resin in the finish. Good to see they didnt hold back on the hops. Well done overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3355) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bomber from the brewery. I had high hopes for this one. Pours a bright orange with a tall white head. Aroma is pretty nice. I can tell it will be potently bitter. Notes of pine, garlic and citrus come out aggressively, but dont quite pop. I really need my IIPAs to explode in the nostrils. The palate is heavy and sticky. The malts infringe on the hops. Barleywine-like hints at toffee and brown sugar with alcohol heat deviate from what I consider a perfect example of the style. Still, its not bad and if I was at a place with no other super hoppy beers Id get it again if in the mood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewMstr (194) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Very big, very hoppy, very good! Fruit and sweetness notes surrounded by bitter and dry finish!

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