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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
New for 2011, this Imperial IPA’s full malt body is elevated by the loads of hop flavor and bitterness. Copious amounts of Citra, Chinook, Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops are used to give this beer a wonderful aroma of orange zest and lemon. This fruitiness from the hops is complimented by a nice caramel biscuit malt flavor from the pale and crystal malts and finishes balanced with a slight hop kick. This beer was dry hopped for your enjoyment. Available in 22oz Bottles and Draught ABV 7.5% IBUs: 80

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FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, fairly creamy, half-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper / gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells a little stale (first beer from the tap for the day, though subsequent pours were not a lot better), but still a bright citrus character comes through. As the beer warms a cracker like malt character starts to come through.

The beer is nicely bitter with a herbal hop flavor to it as well as a fairly prominent orange zest flavor. Again it has a stale beer flavor to it that really sort of gets in the way of the finish. The body has the nice quaffability, but still enough fullness to carry the hops at least.

Definitely a bit disappointing, there is likely a good beer in here somewhere, but I can’t help but think that this reminds me of the stale beer found left over the next day at a Frat Party.

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beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Well it appears that Citra, one of my favorite hops cannot overwhelm four other C-hops. This one comes out a tasty muddle with a heavy malt backbone.

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OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Pint at Taphouse Grill downtown ok aroma citrus,lemon, grapefruit, Clean copper orange color small head. Spotty lace. Bitter flavor. Heavy body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish . It’s ok. One sided aroma and bitterness . Not getting the orange as mentioned in description , just doesn’t’ inspire me.

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Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Orange gold pour with a medium foamy white head. aroma is nice citrusy grapefruit, some pithy tones as well as caramel under that. Strong pithy bitterness in the flavour. sweet caramel fighting with that. Hints of syrupy booze.


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