RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bright golden orange color, big citrus hop nose, immediate hop bitter upfront that leads to a nice malt balance and finishes long and dry, made with Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo hops backed by Munich Caramel and Pale Ale malts.
2007 vintage: 9.6% abv (draught only)
2012 vintage: 8.9% and 8.2% abv

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4.2
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2007
On tap at Wicked Hop. Poured clear caramelly-brown with a short, average-looking off-white head.. cool translucent copper effect when the head died down. Aroma was wonderfully-aggressive with spicy pine and grapefruit hoppage, grapefruit meat and drawn caramel beneath.. opened up with warmth to show some floral and pears... WOW!

Heavy, slightly-boozy grapefruit meat and a lightly-toasted caramel base in the flavor surrounded by huge floral, grapefruit, pine, and spicy hops.. tons of flavor with a long satisfying finish! Heavy bitterness on the palate with an ideal, thick, resiny grapefruit and caramel base.. left a thick, hoppy film on the back of the teeth. Excellent brew! Please continue in this direction.

4.2
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Poured a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Big nice fresh hop forward aroma with a sweet caramel base. grapefruit, orange and pine. The flavor started as a mix of oranges (hops) and caramel malt. Some citrus starts to enter then a piney and bitter semi-dry finish. Long finish. Some warmth. Medium to full bodied.

4.2
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
Growler from Ofortuna and shared the night before DLD with the Columbus group! - Thanks! - Pours amber with a slight white head. Aromas of grapefruit and pine but also some tangerine and even a little caramel. Flavor is grapefruit pine, lots of tangerine notes, caramel as well. Slight bitter finish but not overly so... This is an amazingly balanced IIPA. I was quite impressed with this one!

4.2
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
Shared by OhioDad @ DLD’07.Lots of piney hops dominated the aroma.Pours a deep copper with a light off white head.Lots of bitter hops and some nice malt in there as well in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a well ballanced hop/malt finish.

4.2
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Many glasses and a growler obtained via Dick Leinenkugel himself from a private tasting at Miller. This after having just spoken with the CEO of Miller. Great event! Hillarious how all the Miller employees were flipping out and lining up at the bar for this. Nobody could get enough. The place even managed to have the proper glassware. Very surprising! Anyway, as for the beer...Shocking is the best way to describe this coming from a huge macro-brewery. If you never knew who made this, anyone would think this was an outstanding IIPA. Beautiful murky orange hue. Whipped Cream-like head with a decent lacing. Layer upon layer of hop aroma. All four varieties displayed well and easily picked out. Well done malt backbone to stand up to the intense bitterness. Body is appropriate for what they’re trying to do. A bit resiny on the palate with a touch of alcohol, but a pleasant sensation of caramel and biscuit mixed in. Finish stays strong and leaves your lips smacking. Again, shocking!

4.2
Headbanger (4009) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 16 oz draft (Bowery bar & grill, WI)-A dark amber body with a huge off white head. An aroma of hops, grapefruit, citrus, and more hops. Taste the same with a nice dry finish. This is a great tasting Imperial IPA. This could stand with any other IIPA. Can’t wait for the Imperial Stout.

4.2
lagermeister (13) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2012
For a macro beer, very, very good. Out of a bottle, poured a beautiful burnt amber. Firm creamy head. Nice hoppy bitter mouth. A little pricey for a four-pack (around $11 bucks) but worth it.

4.2
portableparty (2366) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Pours clear amber with a quick tight off white head that dissipates to a spotty film and collar. Aroma is off the hook with resinous piny fruity hops and just the right amount of caramel malt in the end. Taste is more bitter resinous piny hops and malt. Palate is full silky slick and sticky awesomeness with a dry finish. Wow this is a top notch Imperial IPA!

4.2
arkurzynski (2446) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Deep amber orange. Nice, big pine and tropical fruit hop nose. Clean toasted malt, caramel and biscuit with grapefruit/tropical fruit bitterness. Finishes with the perfect malt/hop balance. Lighter than anticipated, but highly drinkable.

4.2
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, and pine. It pours a transparent amber with a small orange tinged off-white that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with tropical fruits, pineapple, and citrus. There’s a nice fruitiness in the background. The finish moderate grapefruit and lighter pine. It’s medium bodied with light- moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, another dangerously drinkable IIPA.


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