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"In celebration of the Hop. . . . This is a "Hop" tribute, worthy of a Kingís 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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HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with GregClow, tupalev, DougShoemaker, mds, Radek and others - my bottle via trade with SDBruBoy. Poured hazy orange with a smallish bubbly white head. Thereís sweet malt backing up the aroma of this one, and maybe a hint of the 9.2%, but this is about the HOPS. My God this is hoppy - theyíre all here, sharp, resiny, spruce/pine, citrus, some somewhat funky ones - Radek pointed out thereís so much alpha in there, it canít help but seem a bit sour. Oh, and a hint of grain in the finish. Taste - well, even more about the hops - the malt fades into the background, this could be 2% alcohol for all I could taste - just wave after wave of grapefruit pith / lemon seed / resiny hop medley, and it takes a long, long time to finish. Decent body, astringent to the extreme, and even acidic, acceptably carbonated. A hop-headís delight.

jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven. Excellent hop flavor and aroma. Overpowering w/ hops and thatís just how I like it. All hop flavors- citrus, pine, grass, resin, etc., are represneted here. A great, West Coast IIPA.

robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Do you like hops? I sure hope you do if you buy this one! Billed as a Triple Hopped brew and I definiately believe it. Pleasant hop flavor to begin with, however, the bitter aftertaste is a bit overwhelming. Its not balanced like a Bigfoot, but one-sided. Micro bubble carbonation. Beautiful amber/golden color. Wonderful hop aroma. Frankly, thatís the best part of the beer IMHO. I bought it to try it, but seriously doubt Iíd buy it again.

presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Sharp grapefruit aroma with a background chorus or pine, orange and sugar. Thick frothy head on an orange amber beer. Delicious malt sweetness slowly gives way in each sip to the the towering hops ending in a long hop finish. A beautiful accomplishment. Canít believe the light alcohol presence or the balance on the flavour teeter totter. As you drink through the bottle the hops tilt the balance well in their favour.

ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Pow! Now this is hoppy. Great sickly sweet hop aroma, big bitter hoppy character, and I mean big. Ive never had anything with this much hop in it. Almost too much hops

nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Bottle. Clear copper color with a off-white head. Amazing floral aroma that is super grassy and piney, maybe the best aroma Iíve ever gotten from an IPA. Very bitter flavor that doesnít live up to its aroma. Still very balanced with a nice mouthfeel and good carbonation. Rerate... hopmonster. Great great aroma, but the flavor is hugely bitter and unbalanced.

SpringsLicker (3612) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Thanks to Droopy49 for sending this one. Pours with a clear medium amber body under a huge, creamy off white ehad. Flowery grapefruit aroma. The flavor is moderately sweet with a heavy bitterness that overpowers the malt. Bitter from start to finish. This has the hops, but itís a bit out of balance without more underlying malt flavors coming through.

Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Ouch! This hurts! Not in a hot, alcohol burn kind of way but more in an acid reflux kind of way. I didnít even know I had acid reflux. Guess I do now. Thanks Moylans! Seriously, this is one hoppy mutha.

mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle. Deep orange in color with a nice rocky white head. Piney hoppy aroma. West coast hops. Great. Malty and hoppy flavor. Fruity piney hoppy hops. Caramel notes. Finish is bitter. Nice hop bitterness. Smooth. Very drinkable. Full bodied. Sweet. Very nice.

Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Bomber. One of those OMFG aromas that has West Coast all over it. Just a beautiful beer when poured into a Stella goblet. The name leads you to believe this is going to be a real hopsickle and it stands up to the hype.That takes real balls and I respect that. This is a real tongue buckler and a great IIPA.

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