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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (3425) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
bottle, from Sams Quik Stop. Good aroma, citrusy sweet. Grapefruit, some pine, a toasted grain, peppery. Clean brownish orange color, good head that faded quickly, minor to no lacing. Bittersweet flavor, lots of graprfruit, pinneapple, little peach/apricot. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Its good, had some moments while sniffing that were great, but didnt quite come together with the flavor I had hoped for. Got a little better as it warmed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (3422) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bomber. I had this a couple of days after its release and was rather underwhelmed. For some reason I was under the impression IIPAs had a significantly strong hop profile. I waited a couple weeks to open another bottle and now am retrying it. The pour is red with a pretty nice tan head. More hops are noted in the aroma than I recall with distinct pine and grapefruit but its not very intense. A heavy caramel, berry sweetness is also noted. The mouthfeel is rather dense with heavy amounts of malt and the 10.2% is masked impeccably. The hops are definitely second fiddle in the taste. The flavor profile is mostly comprised of sweet caramel, dough, and a barleywine-like toffee flavor with a far off peatiness in the finish. Small suggestions of berries are noted. The hops just cant compete with the intensity of the malt on this one, they only dry out the finish a bit. The first time I cracked open a bottle, I was very disappointed because the label touts extreme hoppiness. This second time with a different mindset, I enjoyed it a bit more. The main problem is that the sweetness was probably intended only to balance the hop flavors, but somehow became the most evident flavor. This brew lacks some of the complexity of their intentionally maltier brews like Imperial Gaelic or Tasgall. [Bomber split with Muenster on Oct. 20] Okay, so here we are again. I still dont get any assertive hop qualities and the malts definitely dominate. I noted a heavier cotton candy or candy vanilla presence this time around.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 750ml bottle maybe actually a bomber from JMichalel shared with Bartzilla. Pours orange with a 1 finger head. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is sweet big and full of a nice big ass kick. Pretty damn nice east coast imperial ipa.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
bottle from Bruisin Ales...been sittin in the fridge since december..... pours a medium caramel brown with thin soapy off white head that congregates to glass rim..... aroma is dominated by caramel malt at this point with some remnants of some tropical fruit hops. hops have faded well too much for my liking..... flavors of chalky sweet caramel and dark fruits with a slight bitter hop finish in the end. it also leaves a pepperiness on the tongue.....not anything shattering but i really should have had this fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Pours a muddy looking, dark brownish amber with a small, off-white head that settles quickly to a thin film. Random spots of lacing noted. The aroma is very fruity and malty, which isnt what I was expecting from a fresh IIPA. I picked up notes of melon, orange, grapefruit and pine amongst big, malty caramel and nougat scents. The flavor is again dominated by malts, with caramel, nougat, and even faint hints of chocolate showing through. The hops are discernible, though far more subdued than I would expect. Orange, grapefruit, and pine varieties are all present. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one drinks more like a light barleywine than a IIPA. This is an enjoyable beer, but one that defies its description, and most likely, the brewers original intentions.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (3292) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Light hazy yellow, small white head. Cheesy hops, straw, caramel, citrus, light peach. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Medium sweet and bitter. Feels nice on the palate, good drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambre-orange et semi-voile. Nez de houblon citrique, rsineux et aux notes herbeuses (th et herbes), malt de caramel, moyen de fruits (abricots, agrumes) et d’alcool ainsi qu’avec des notes de sucre brun et de pain. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen et une texture rsineuse et aux notes crmeuses. Got amer de houblon citrique et rsineux accompagn d’un got fruit sucr (abricots, agrumes, notes de pches) lors de l’entre en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen got malt de caramel toffee sucr aux notes rties et terreuses avec des notes de pain et de sucre brun. Paralllement, l’on retrouve un moyen got d’alcool lgrement rchauffant jusqu’en finale accompagn d’une amertume de houblon plus herbeuse (th et herbes mouilles) et plus asschante ainsi que des notes poivres. Post-got long et aux notes sches, amer de houblon citrique, rsineux et lgrement herbeux, moyen d’alcool et lgrement fruit (zest d’agrumes, pelures d’abricots).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2008
for a guy that lives in phoenix i sure have sampled a lot from this brewery in NC thanks to ucusty!... hazy caramel color with a fluffy light khaki head. aroma is overwhelmingly malty... caramel, toffee and brown sugar with a spritz of citrus and floral hops, spice and straw. earthy malt flavor is packed with more caramel and brown sugar, wood, orange and floral hops. pine shows up on the dry finish and leads to a lightly bitter aftertaste. the palate is on the sweet side but the finish helps clean it up a bit. the full body and mouth feel are chopped up by the dry hoppiness leaving this brew without the stickiness many dipa tend to have. still, its more like a decently hopped BW...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Flaske, hos Yespr. Let uklar, gylden med et lavt hvidt skum. Sdlig, frugtig og ret krydret aroma. Fyldig, klistret, bitter-sd. Karamel. Krydret, bitter finish. Lang.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2007
a tough beer to rate at the IIPA Capitol of the world, OBriens. Smells malt with the flavor of rich passion fruits and raisens.


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