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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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4.1
wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Bonus bomber from the generous NachlamSie. Thanks! Nice bottle cap of a Scottish dude with bagpipes...keeper. Pours with a small head of small bubbles that fades to an awesome microbubble veil on the surface. Amber color becomes cloudy only after I pour the yeast goodies in from the bottom of the bottle. Nice hoppy aroma. Sweet and delicious with the alchohol well hidden. Hop bitterness is mild and hop aroma is above average. The hops used are really wonderful. Not so much west coast grapefruit hops, but a little different fruit. What’s with all of these sad 3.5 faces? I thought it was very good! 4.1!

3.7
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
First rating for this beer! Poured at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville. Pours a clear copper color, with a thick, foamy light tan head. looks pretty nice. Smells of big hops, with some definite malty characters surrounding it. Seems to be balanced so far. The taste is actually big on the malt flavors. Almost creamy, with the big hops making their presence known as well. Pretty complex and interesting. Not awesome, by any means, but pretty solid.

3.5
Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
murky bronze in color with a creamy whit head that laves no traces on the glass as it settles.aroma is of cotton candy,oranges,caramel malts,and juicy fruit gum.the flavor boasts much of the same.this really tastes more like a barley wine to me.i wonder how old this bottle is?

3.6
rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bottle from Proof. Deep golden pour with a bubbly white head. Sweet pale, biscuit and bready malts with piney and grassy hoppiness. Thick, creaminess in the body sweet malty caramel notes in flavor with piney, grassy bitterness. Pretty tasty beer, just nothing that really stands out or over the top.

3.7
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bomber from elmatador00 - thanks!! Amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet and citrusy/piney with lots of malty/bready sugar. Taste has a good amount of citrus and floral hops and lots of big bready-sweet malts. Nice mouthfeel overall. Good brew, but way too malty to be among the best in the style. I enjoyed it (and not to piss on anyone who likes the maltier DIPAs) but I would rather have a good barleywine if I want this much malt with my hops. Still very good for what it is.

3.7
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Pours an opaque mahogany copper with a thin cream colored head. Nose is overly sweet pineapple juice and caramel. The flavor is a bit better balanced with some earthy, dry hops. Still on the sweet side though, with a smooth mouthfeel.

3.5
AndyW68 (1602) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Good not great. Clear gold with big white head. Aroma is musty citrus. Taste is sweet and bitter. Hint of old rinds.

3.3
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bomber. Pours an attractive slighty cloudy copper-amber color with a thin white head. Grapefruity hop aroma on the nose, but not well-defined. A moderate alcoholic tone is present as becomes more apparent as it warms. Medium-bodied. Hop taste is strong, but instead of a grapefruitiness, there is a soapy/solventy mix that doesn’t finish well. A dissapointment.

4.1
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2008
22 oz bomber from Brawley’s in Charlotte. I loved this beer. Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a slightly hazy gold/orange color with a medium off white head. Aroma is citrusy hops as the beer warms. Flavor was well balanced for an IIPA. Sweet malt dominates at first, which gives way to floral and piney hops. Medium/full bodied with excellent carbonation. Great beer. Wish I had purchased more than two.

3.4
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.


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