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RATINGS: 2387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
At the height of the heat in the heart of the summer, we felt that the only cure was a raging mouthful of fresh hops and malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth. This is Lagunitas IPA pumped up by about 30%!
IBU: 72.41

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3.5
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottled. Hazy orange with creamy white head. Aroma of citrus and resin. Sweet with a nice hop finish. A good brew, but a little too sweet for my taste.

3.6
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a orangy amber color with a nice white head. Nice full palate, and full hoppy aroma. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of hops in here, but nothing abrasive or harsh. Seemed very similar to their regular IPA, just hoppier.

4.4
MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Feb. 4, 2007; 22 oz. "bomber" purchased for $3.99 at Chanatry’s Market, Utica NY. Amber pour; thin, quickly-dissipating head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is tastefully muted, but just as neatly balanced as the outstanding round, full-bodied -- and eminently smooth -- flavor & palate.

Like Lagunitas’ excellent flagship IPA, this Imperial weighs in at the lighter end of the scale for its style (7.5% ABV, 72 IBU), thankfully eschewing over-the-top "novelty drink" status. The result is the most "drinkable" -- almost session-worthy -- IIPA I’ve yet tried.

Life is wonderful when people make beer like this.

3.9
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - FEB 2, 2007
22oz from Liqourama: I’m sorry, I thought this was a wonderful beer. It was a beautiful amber color with a nice frothy head, with smell of pine, citrus and caramel. The taste was of the same. Lots of hops, malt. Carbination was at minimum, and it is very smooth. I would love to have more.

3.6
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 I love the beautiful look of this beer. Its really cloudy with a dark orange hus and off white lasting head. The aroma is that of a good IPA, citrus and sweet. I think overall this is a supper yummy beer. I don’t like to rate based on category, but this is not an imperial/double IPA. My girlfriend, who is not a bitter fan, didn’t even think this was bitter. I didn’t either.

4
robinvboyer (4652) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 aroma is all citrus, and hops! one of the better IIPA’s i’ve had. i havent had many, but man this is great stuff! love it! flavour is all citrus, and bitterness

3.9
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
22 oz bottle. Perfect execution of the IIPA/DIPA. Not over the top like some of the great ones out there, approachable yet assertive at the same time. Cloudy orange/copper color, great head, First you start with the citrus/frutal grapefruit, pineapple gifts of the generous hopping no doubt. Finishes nicely wiht what i’ll describe as a smoky/peaty taste. I like it . A good introductory beer for anyone that wants to start with imperial IPAs.

4
Stonebrook (25) - USA - JAN 19, 2007
I wanted to try an IPA, but didn’t know where to go. So I chose this one, based on the good things I’ve herad about it. Man, it was good. Smell is really strong and faintly of orange. Pours a dark amber color with no head to speak of. Taste is very strong, so you know what your drinking. Would buy this IPA again.

4.2
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2007
Clear copper body topped by a medium off-white head. This is a very clean IIPA. The relatively low abv is well hidden so the beer feels like an intense IPA rather than an IIPA. Grainy malts, peppery hops, low sweetness, oily body. Very hoppy with medium bitterness. Excellent, trully a maxi-must.

3.2
maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bomber. Oily-looking pour coalesces into a cloudy copper/orange hue. Uninspiring beige head nonetheless leaves a legacy of creamy swirls on the surface of the beer and glass. Upfront woody, grapefruity hop nose; pineapple/tangerine, caramel malt, diacetyl, and plastic mingle in its wake. Sappy and sugary on the tongue, woody and herbal with a huge pine/rosemary character. The fiinish is abuzz with charred sugar, orangey hop spice, and warming ethanol. Moderately full palate; gritty. Ashtray and pithy bitter aftertaste. Woefully identical to any grapefruit-and sugar "C-hop" double IPA.


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