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RATINGS: 1609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish. 86 IBUs.

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4.3
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a hazy yellowish orange with a finger or two of foamy white head and some white lacing. Some light carbonation. The smell is a bit hoppy, with some citrus flavor at first. A small hint of banana and vanilla as well, which is very surprising. The taste is a only a light hoppy taste at first with a wisp of bitterness that stays in your pallet. The bitterness warms the tongue just a bit. Some yeast in the back end just behind the bitterness along with some some slight sugar flavor. This beer does not jump right up in punch you in the mouth it seems to slide into your taste buds before pronouncing it’s bitterness. It goes down easy and it pretty crisp.

4
manuchampions (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
12oz bottle from Martha’s Vineyard. Love the label! Good colour and head on this one. The aroma is full hop and malty in balance. So too is the palate. This is a very well structured beer with all the hallmarks of excellent craft...and yet (to nitpick) it somehow falls slightly short of perfection. Maybe it’s the fact I had this in the same session as a Bells Hopslam. That’s a hard beer to stand out from. Regardless, this is a great IIPA and one I’d be happy to consume regularly if it were available.

3.9
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2010 Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Flavor is sweet, grapefruit and pine.

4.1
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Since I moved to the midwest, Founder’s and Bell’s have been competing for my vote as "the" premium accessible beer in my world. This brew may have tipped the scales in favor of Founder’s. The first word that comes to mind is "explosive". It is bottled violence. Poured a wild nuclear orange, very cloudy and with almost zero head. Brew is VERY hoppy and, as with most Founder’s, very well-balanced. I’d have to drink them side by side to be sure, but off-hand I think this one gets the nod over Bell’s Hopslam by a nose.

3.4
Defreni (3295) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2009
Flaske: God humleduft på en orange klar øl. Smagen er faktisk ikke så fantastisk. Meget klar citrus humle men ikke så overvældende som forventet. Mangler lige det sidste. Måske er det turen over atlanten.

3.8
mansquito (6911) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Pours a hazy golden color and a not particularly impressive white head. Nose is rather loaded with the flowery hops; it is a heavy nose with more than one flavor thrown into the mix. The beer itself is mostly bitter, with a load of hops, but not too many. It didn’t really go too far.And with DIPAs that is very often a good thing. Many other flavors mixed in along with some sweet notes (citric and caramely). Body is light enough to drink, but heavy enough to feel in your mouth.

3.9
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
Bottle at home. Cloudy golden/amber - small white head. Pine apples, grape fruits, high hoppy, piney, resin, fruity, flowery, bitterness, light sweetness, toasted, caramel, nice malty. Lasting bitter finish. Lovely.

3.9
joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Bottle at home. Hazy golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of grass and grape fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and caramel with notes of grape fruits. Dry hoppy finish.

4.2
KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
Clear golden with a medium off white head. Aroma had loads of hops, pine and grapefruit and floral notes. Flavour had loads of hops iwth malty, caramel, pine, pine and grapefruits. Finished very dry and dusty. Hop burn toward the end. Finished very bitter.

4.1
bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Hazy ripe peach color with a bubbly, creamy white head. Lots of floral and citric aroma. Medium body, or slightly less, with quite creamy carbonation. Flavor is burning [citrus?] hop. I think there’s a malt backbone. The edges of my tongue get a tingly burn. It’s really fresh. Some resin comes out. It’s smooth. It’s bitter. It’s very, very good.


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