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RATINGS: 1266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"In celebration of the Hop. . . . This is a "Hop" tribute, worthy of a King’s Imperial Court! Enjoy the blast of fresh Cascade, Simcoe, Columbus, Ahtanum, and Chinook Hops as they stimulate the taste buds in a truly Imperial Fashion. Pucker Up!

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apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Great-looking: crystal-clear with a pleasant white head. Crisp, refreshing, hoppy, bitter aroma - very clean. Gently sweet paired perfectly with a biting bitterness. Stonrg puckering capabilities. Fruity, sweet, bitter, herbal, a big meaty beer. Very impressive.

4
notalush (5983) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Huge thanks to Odeed for this bottle - just when I thought I’d gotten tired of hop monsters, along comes this beauty - clear copper color with sticky, frothy white lace - the nose has quite a nice blend of aromatic hops, with a gentle fruity sweetness behind them - the flavor is filled with meaty, chewy, hops that are so earthy you can almost taste the soil they were growing in - quite bitter, but not dry - background light fruit (citrus, of course, and some mild cherry and strawberry), followed by a subdued, buttery/caramel flavor - oily throughout the flavor, and through the extremely bitter finish, leaving the mouth feeling like it is coated in hop resin - a hop head’s delight.

3.9
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deeper orange gold with a small but suprsingly long lasting head. Nose is hops and grapefruit. Flavor is very nicely balanced with malt to offset the hop barage. Full bodied, with a lovely soft mouthfeel and not offensively bitter at all. I enjoyed this one alot.

4.3
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Veeery nice. Floral hoppy aroma. Full body does well to balance out the assault of citrus and pine hops in the finish.

4
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 22 oz. bottle - Pours an amber color with a thin film of a head. Light carbonation. Has a pungent, floral aroma. The flavor is sweet with some citrus hop flavoring to go along. Has a slight lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Alcohol is noticeable. A good beer.


Had the wet version today. Very nice. Lots of fruit and hops. Just a slight bit astringent. Good stuff.

4.2
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Sampled at a recent Champaign-Urbana Beer Club meeting. This was the top beer of the night for me. Poured a deep amber with a weak off-white head. Visually not very enticing but let the aroma grab you. HUGE grapefruit nose sings lead with backup provided by caramel, pine, flowers, and herbs. Medium bodied with a smooth and slightly tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was a rush of hops, citrusy bitterness cut with a touch of sweetness. This was very impressive and one I’d like to get my hands on more frequently.

4
CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2006
This is good. HUGE piney aroma that even overwhelms the taste. It’s almost like there’s a hop sitting at the bottom of the bottle. Alcohol well-hidden. This is a truly "unbalanced" IIPA, but unbalanced in a good way. Not citrusy like a Stone, but piney, it’s like drinking an evergreen.

3.8
DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
Wildly hoppy nose, opaque orange, tiny custard head. Full on west coast hops flavour. Full bodied, hoppy, bitter as can be. Terrific! Thanks HogTownHarry!

4
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Strong, bitter beer with smooth citrus taste to aid in its consuption. Not the most balanced beer I’ve ever tasted but a delight to enjoy. A solid effort from this brewery that I know little about

4.1
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Pours a dark amber clear enough to see laces of carbonated bubbles coming to the top that leaves a thick white lace that is frothy and sticky. The smell is pine, citrus, lemon and lime, grapefruit, honey, and grass. The taste is extremely bitter upfront with a honey sweetness but it is far from balanced. This is a hop bomb fantasticly bitter, although one-sided still very enjoyable and finishes with a musty, grass, bitterness.


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