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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2007
a tough beer to rate at the IIPA Capitol of the world, O’Briens. Smells malt with the flavor of rich passion fruits and raisens.

3.5
JanLaursen (3226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Flaske, hos Yespr. Let uklar, gylden med et lavt hvidt skum. Sødlig, frugtig og ret krydret aroma. Fyldig, klistret, bitter-sød. Karamel. Krydret, bitter finish. Lang.

3.6
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
22oz Bottle. A bit of aged hop, bright clementine citrus, and fragrant jasmine flower. Bright, hoppy and grassy. Not too much pine. Pours a slightly clouded amber-orange, with a slick rim in white. Grassy, piney and rich with resins, pitch and juniper. Nice spicy hop character over a decent toasty malt touch. Maybe a little wet with sugar. There is some dusty old lemon as old hops, but nothing cheesy and dead. Overall, this a very respectable high gravity IPA, with a little age on it. Thanks Piper!

3.7
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle, thanks swoop jones. Nice golden orange, fiery, hazy, small white head, but good lacing. Nice aroma of caramel and lot sof hops - of the oily variety, not fruity. Taste is really sweet - more caramel, tons of resiny hops, sticky sweet body. Alcohol as well hidden as it could be, body is medium shading light for the style, decent carbonation. Straightforward well done example, which is just fine by me.

3.5
suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Amber colored pour. Small white head. Plenty of lacing. Malty caramel aroma. Taste is the same, with a slight alcohol bite and a light bitter note. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
22oz bottle, no date from Colin (General_Gao), thanks! Hazy orange with a brownish tinge and a small, creamy light beige head. Aroma is resiny pine sap and some grapefruit/citrusy hops and spicy alcohol up front, with lots of sugary sweet toffee in the background--I don’t think this is the freshest specimen (my fault for taking so long to drink), but am having no complaints thus far. The hops are a little more grassy in the flavor and less citrusy, and the hops luckily keep the malts from being cloyingly sweet, which somehow I was almost afraid of. BItterness peaks at a 6-7 and lingers in the dry finish. Alcohol was present and raw towards the end of the swallow, especially after it warmed. Very low carbonation helps this beer sit unflatteringly heavy and syrupy in the mouth. Not too bad of a beer, but it just wasn’t great.

3.8
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 pours a hazy copper color with giant beige head. lots of lacing. Nice citrus aroma. sweet mouthfeel piney hop finish. excellent beer worth driving from the triangle for.

3.8
Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle in trade with performula. Good pine, resin and citrus aromas hit the nose. Orange body with off white head. Flavor started out with a malty sweetness. Citrus hops kick in middle to finish. Dry bitterness hits the palate near the finish. Good Brew.

3.6
lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks! Pours a nice rich amber color with a medium offwhite head. Smell is aged hops and malt with a hint of spicy hops. Taste is still lightly hoppy, but definitely far from a fresh DIPA. Lightly bitter, with some orange notes, and a caramel like backing. Better than I expected for a year old DIPA, and probably really good fresh. Thanks for the bottle!

3.5
tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2008
22oz bottle. Beautiful nose and presentation but falls apart on the tongue. Broad aromas of mint, cilantro, woody resin, cinnamon and brown sugar. Pours a nice cloudy, dark copper with a creamy off white head. Lots of sweeter malt on the tongue. More along the lines of an ASA than an IIPA. Mild bittering grassy and resiny hops but the brown sugar malt aspect dominates over the hops. A touch of oxidization as well. Medium bodied, creamy with a lingering grassy bitter finish. Probably loads better fresh. Thanks Matt!


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