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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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3.4
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.

3.4
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to roborb
Pours bright orange, foamy white head. Very sweet nose of caramel, orange, and cookies, some minor pine. Flavor has lots of caramel, some citrus and bitterness, but again, very sweet. Thick body, sticky and not very refreshing. A malt bomb at this stage, and though still decent, there are many better examples.

3.4
Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bomber pours clear golden with ring of near white head. Smells of alcohol burn and piney hops. Flavor is slightly better than the aroma but it still kinda burns on the way down. Not particularly my cup of tea.

3.4
yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
22 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light breadish. Sweet malty, caramelish and herbal hoppy. Toasted malty, caramelish and bitter. Dry far finish.

3.3
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.

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.

3.3
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
22oz Bomber @ Coles Buffalo NY. Nice sweet aroma with piney hops. Flavor is way to heavy on caramel malts. Hops seem to get lost. Seems almost more like a scotch than a DIPA. Tasty but not really an DIPA in my opinion. rating low due to classification.

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.

3.3
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
bottle, from Sam’s 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. It’s good, had some moments while sniffing that were great, but didn’t quite come together with the flavor I had hoped for. Got a little better as it warmed.

3.3
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Pours a transparent copper orange with a wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel candy with some cantaloupe, kinda strange for a double IPA. Starts fairly rich and full with molten caramelized sugar sweetness and mild grapefruity hop flavor toward a slightly warming bittersweet finish. Needs a more crisp hop profile and a less sugary, but more complex malt palate.


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