RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
An aggressively hopped and higher gravity version of our Kashmir IPA. Five different hop varieties added at seven different times in the brew kettle, hopback, whirlpool and fermenter add to its complexity. This Imperial IPA also differs from our traditional Kashmir IPA with the addition of over fifty pounds of dry hops, adding a spicy nose. Over two hundred pounds of hops were used in this limited fifty barrel batch. The robust, malty and complex hop flavors and aromas are best enjoyed with an extremely stiff upper lip.

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goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Poured a hazy amber color. Oh and the fill was just barely to the bottom of the neck. The aroma was spicy and earthy but then as it warmed it seemed to go more American hop wise. Diacetyl grew out as the beer warmed as well. Some alcohol notes. The hops didn’t seem to blend. Not a smooth aroma. The flavor was earthy again with buttery notes. Alcohol pepper in the finish. 5/3/6/3/11/2.8

Re-rate. No diacetyl. Grapefruit and orange juice aroma and flavor. Sweet malty finish. While not great better than the first try.

JoeMcPhee (9553) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
Shared by goldtwins, mucho gusto. Pale amber. Aroma is very floral and fragrant with an earthy/dusty note as well. Noble/spicy hops, fruity, leathery and alcoholic. Really a strange combination of characteristics. Flavour is quite floral. Balance seems to be all out of whack. Strong peppery alcoholic flavour. I’m in the minority, but this didn’t really do it for me.

DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Brewsgrass 07** Poured a nice amber color with a 2 finger head.Lots of piney hop aroma.Hops and malts flavor with a semi sweetness to it.The hops clinged to the back of my throat at the end with some bitterness to it.

Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Courtesy of mgumby10. Thanks for sharing this rare treat Mike! Pours a glowing amber body with a small white head with decent lasting power. When it fades a ring of soapy bubbles sit atop the body. Aromas of hops, lemon skin, oranges, grapefruit, pine, malts and a noticeable amount of alcohol heat. Quite overpowering, even for a big brew like this. Fore is pretty much the same, big on the hop flavor range with a complimentary malt backbone that balances things out nicely. Medium carbonation, oily palate, slick mouthfeel. Finish is super bitter, medium length, and then hits you over the head with alcohol burn. A bit overrated so far I think.

boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Cloudy, dark caramel/orange/amber pour, very light beige head is thin and slowly receding. Lacing is intermingled dots and arcs. Looks very oily. Lactic acidity is strong coming off the foam in the initial nosing. Fresh hops are such an interesting display; notes of banana, strawberry, orange, berries, light pine and resin. Malt is very fresh, barley overrunning the aroma in an exciting way. This is incredibly interesting. The flavor is just as strange as the nose, though it’s more focused and bitterness crowds the nonconfoming nuances into the corner. Bitterness is medium-high, resiny and fruity and piney. Malt is loaded with semi-sweet yogurt and lightly toasted grains. Hops collide with sweet sugars in a twisted finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, lightly and softly carbonated, moderately smooth. Weird acidophilus brew, what?

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: Imperial Kashmir
Date: September 22, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Asheville
Appearance: clear dark gold, frothy dirty white head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity pine aroma
Body: stick sweet body
Flavor: rich sweet caramel malt and pine flavor, good fruity tangerine character, light bitterness adds only a bit of balance, warming

Name: Imperial Kashmir
Date: October 03, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Score: 3.7 to 3.4
Aroma: dark caramel and earthy hops to go with the sweet pine aroma but only light fruit
Body: normal body
Flavor: much more of the earthy bitterness in the flavor with the sweet pine and citrus taking a backseat
Overall: better on draft, needs some age

Name: Imperial Kashmir
Date: October 21, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Score: 3.4 to 3.6
Aroma: still sweet and piney aroma backed by the caramel malt
Flavor: earthy bitterness in the flavor continues to grow, the caramel and pine sweetness still present but stay into the background until warming and then surpass the earthyness, lasting bitter finish
Overall: aging well

Name: Imperial Kashmir
Date: August 02, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
sweet caramel, medicinal, fusels, herbal, not aging well, breaking down in a bad way,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Suttree (6505) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Brownish red, nice foamy head. Very piney, hoppy aroma, as expected, but also a definate caramel sweet edge, too. Very full bodied. Noticeably sweet at first, the a balanced out with a smooth pine and resin finish. Good stuff, certainly worth waiting an hour and a half in line for!

mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2007
This was not the hop bomb that I was expecting. The flavor was complex, with multiple layers of hops present. It had a sweet, candy like finish, and the alcohol cannot be ignored in this one.

CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Courtesy mgumby!!!! Pours a pleasant copper brown color. Aroma is a touch fiery, the alcohol is very evident. Hops are there, along with a malty sweetness. There is a slightly grassy component, adding a bit to the dance. Flavor is more of the same. The alcohol is very evident. Decent.

Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours a thick, rich, hazy orange/ amber color. Aroma of hops, huge malt,and sweetness. The taste was sweet and earthy with nice hop bitterness in the finish. Taste like sweet hop candy. Yummmmm. This is how I like my IIPA’s. Thanks goes to Suttree for the bottle, know that!

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