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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original." Need we say more? True to its Imperial roots! This brew clocks in at 9% ABV, and over 100 IBUs! It is made with four varieties of grains resulting in a bold dark amber color and four varieties of hops, creating a subtle citrus aroma, and bitter, hoppy finish. Winner of a gold medal at the 2009 Santa Cruz National Organic Challenge, this recipe surely will not disappoint.

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drpimento (3797) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2015
Real thick, cream-colored, long lasting head, lots of lace, and a clear honey amber color. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fruit, hop - very nice. Flavor’s like nose, slight sweet, carbonic tang in front, then the bitter which is long. Body is perfect. Very good drinking. Slight alcohol warmth at the very end.

4.4
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Grapefruit, resin, citrus, pine. Very tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Got sent up a gift pack of North County San Diego brews. This was one. Another xcellent brew from the hop region of the country. Fairly clear, great citric aroma, rich clean finish, lacing on glass lasted till end. Definitely recommend.

4.2
dwyerpg (6454) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2017
A sweet aroma. The first flavor of each sip is just a bit weird, but the beer starts to grow on you. A string bitter hop back this up in a tasty way.

4.1
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
On tap at brewpub this years new batch released yesterday. This was delicious! Big pungent aroma and great balance flavors of bitter hops and malted sweetness but not overly so. Great body and overall my favorite beer from this brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Poured from 22oz bottle. Poured copper in color with thin white head. Aroma is some pine and hops. Taste is malty with some resin in the back. Pretty decent

4.1
Sathorael (164) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Pours deep amber with medium offwhite head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, caramel, and a little breadiness. Taste is much of the same with slick bready caramel up front that quickly turns to citrus and huge grapefruit. Finish is bone dry and has a lingering bitterness.

4.1
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Very nice peppery spices hop aroma. Very sticky resin hop flavor a very god beer form this place probably their best one.


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