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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The beer you are holding is very special, very limited and very delicious. This is the Imperial version of our Green Elephant Organic IPA. This beer is all about hops, hops, and more hops. Cascade, Ahtanum and Amarillo hops added in the kettle, hop back, and fermenter give this beer its kick.

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4.5
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2015
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty and citrusy, with hints of bread, grass, and lime. Taste/Palate: creamy and sweet; finishes bitter.

4.4
manuchampions (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
Sample at Tasting Panel #1. 750ml bottle. Poured a clear golden orange with off white head. Aroma was wonderfully enticing with big grassy, citrus laced hops backed by well worked caramel malt. If only it tastes as good. No worries. The flavour is massively delicious. What starts as a very citrus hop note spans into a mid palette hemp note and then the slightly sweet caramel malt rides in to back things up...only to fade away and the crisp hops return to linger exceedingly well in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Truly fantastic...made me wish I had easy access to a lot more of it.

4.3
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Great nose, great IPA taste, and great finish! My second favorite at the 2012 Concordia Alehouse Imperial IPA blind tasting contest.

4.3
neepsntatties (2041) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Past notes. On tap. Colour...cloudy gold with a massively thick white head. Nose...teaming with sugared grapefruit, dried pineapple and hop resin. Palate...thick, chewy and delectable with massive hops and a great balance between the grapefruity and piney hops. Tropical fruits abound and sweetness is present without being cloying. The bittering continues through the finish which is long and memorable!

4.3
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Poured from a 22. Aroma is nutty, grassy and caramel. Flavor has a nice hop punch at first, balanced out by sweet grass syrupy and nutty. Interesting beer, drinks "thick" and is packed with flavor.

4.1
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle:   Deep golden hued amber, large frothy white head, sticky lacing, very light carbonation.   Soft floral and resiny nose.   Oh wow, very, make that extremely smooth on the tongue.   This is like silk.   This is not a bruiser of an IIPA, hop sided nor a malt bomb.   I would go so far as to say its maybe a 1 & 3/4 IPA, but what a wonderful 1 & 3/4 IPA it is.   It comes across as hoppy, flavorful, yet not bitter.   It has a slight citrus peel, pith, and floral background.   This is just too easy to drink, and super clean.   I just wished the nose translated this, but alas the palate and taste is where this is at.   Just so damn smooth... and super clean, yet flavorful.   And at 9% ABV, its so drinkable its crazy.   This is an outstanding 1 & 3/4 IPA.   If you get the opportunity, do it.   Oh, and nothing about this to me seems organic.   None of that typical husky/grainy malt background.   So well made... damn... this is craftmanship.


4.1
laisx013 (12) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pleasant appearance on draft. Hoppy, grassy aroma. Heavy hopped flavor with grassy and citrus notes. Needed a little more malt to bring the hop flavor a bit. Crisp mouth feel with hoppy aftertaste.

4.1
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Draft at Fiddlers.

I had a minor epiphany while drinking this beer. An IIPA doesn’t have to be like a big-mega-kickass-IPA; it can be a hop liquor. I mean, that’s obvious when you taste Pliny the Younger, so perhaps it should have been something I already knew. But as I sat there on Fiddlers’ patio sipping this one, it came clear what an IIPA should aim for, and this one is right on the mark. Exceptionally smooth palate, pure hop flavors that defy the usual facile "pine","herbal","grapefru descriptions. The aroma was a bit of a weak point, with even a hint of cat piss, but so subtle were the flaws that you don’t notice at all unless you go looking for them. Beautiful beer.


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