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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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2.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (12255) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (540) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (6139) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
swesson (413) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6719) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16347) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (4347) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Tap @ the brewery tap room. Pours a clear golden beer with a smell white head on top. Aroma is fairly hoppy, citric and big on the grapefruit. Flavour is bitter, bready and has a slight yeasty base in it. Finish is dry and bitter, medium carbo. Nice Imperial IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (12485) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Draft sample at Epic Brewing taproom, Denver. Pours clear dark golden with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, resin, citrus and caramel malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and over moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.


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