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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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3.7
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Pours a fairly light golden color with a medium head. Aroma is light citrus with malts and a hefty amount of hops. Flavor is mostly roasted malt and intense hops. Warm in character. Palate is malt with a distinct hop finish that dissipates fast. Warm roasted finish.

4.2
mitch2013 (1) - - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
piney nose with some citrus, nice head retention, good lacing, cloudy appearance, very well balanced, alcohol well hidden, would actively look for this again!

2.6
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Grain silo smell, horrendous. The flavor is better. It is pretty acidic, large malt backing, citrus, pine, lingering medium bitterness. Thick and boozy palate. Not a bad flavor but not a good beer.

4
LearninBeer (598) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
The aroma is hops - citrus/floral. Pours a cloudy golden copper with a frothy white head mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter and long. Very Good.

3.7
ajnepple (6622) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount (Release #29, 9.3%) into my NBB globe glass. Amber and hazy with a sticky, off-white head. Aroma is bitter hops, pine, floral, toasted malts, light citrus and alcohol. Similar flavor, strong and bitter with little malt sweetness. Medium body with a dry, bitter and lingering finish.

4.2
swesson (453) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours a medium-light amber. Thick head and substantial lacing. Big hop taste. With all those hops, this beer ends up being a lot more bitter than I was expecting, which took a few points off, but overall a very good ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle - hazy gold colour with big white head. Citrusy hoppy aroma, some malts and pine. Spicey hoppy flavour with some honey. Hoppy bitter throughout and in the finish, with a touch of sweetness. Very good.

3.9
Iphonephan (6988) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Release #27, 9.6% ABV. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Big fruity hop nose. Flavors of citrus, pineapple, and some sweet caramel. Bitter, boozy finish.

4.4
Inabil1ty (25) - - NOV 2, 2013
Really delicious. I'm not talented at describing taste, but again I say it is delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
On tap @ Epic (Denver). Pours clear orange in color with a white head. Nice lacing. Lots of sugary fruit and caramel. Stale hops, paper, grass, pine, and candied orange. Flavor is very sweet. Caramel, sugar, and toasted bread. Meh. Notes of pine, orange peel, and a light bitterness on the finish. Slight lemon character.


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