RATINGS: 1286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
"In celebration of the Hop. . . . This is a "Hop" tribute, worthy of a Kings 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Color is a hazy orange with a nice frothy off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with heavy citrus notes and caramel. Taste is a strong but at the same time subtle hoppiness, has a very nice fruit accent that you usually dont see. Chewy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle: Amber gold color, light head and lacing. Nose is bright and hoppy with some of the classic citrusy c hops along with pine, grapefruit and resinous brown sugar. The flavor has a snappy bitterness accompanied by the mild malt sweetness. A lingering dry mouthfeel thats pleasing. Excellent IPA, I could go for a super fresh sample.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10301) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Thanks to DaveCooks for this one. Dave sent 2 vintages of this, and the one i drank looks identical to the bottle pictured at left. The pour is turbid deep copper with a 2-finger off-white head. Aroma is huge tropical fruity and piney hops, some caramel malt, some black pepper. The palate is smooth, on the dense side, and syrupy hoppy, with flavor components of resiny hops, tangerine, honeydew, orange zest, watermelon. Gets hoppier as it warms. If you are a hophead, youll love this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Clear copper body. Soapy off-white head. Outright hoppy nose. Sticks out a bit more than the "normal" double. Very sweetly hoppy taste. Citrus, grass, caramel. Good strong California IIPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Dark rufous. Lots of haze. Dense carbonation lethargically rises to form a thick head. Extremely potent hop aromas of pinesap, grapefruit, papaya, and blood oranges flood the nostrils. Muted glazed malt sweetness and a touch of cotton. Big mouthfeel with a hefty creaminess. Heavily chewy and sappy, initially, yet slightly airy, too. Pine needles pack a pinpoint sharpness which effortlessly penetrates the seductive wall of gooey hop oils. Noticeably bright upfront, despite the full-on hop intensity. Flavorsome hops are chock-full of fresh-picked grapefruit, rind and all. Malt lends a toasted caramel sweetness, but is essentially indiscernible. Acidity does emerge, but the unwavering sappiness does its best to dispel it. Hops continue to prick the tongue with their torturous grapefruit rind and pine needle bitterness. Becomes much brasher toward the finish as it loses much of its hop luster, but does reveal a fluffy whisper of malt sweetness that possesses just enough strength to combat the acidity. Profusion of pine and citrus flavors ensue with each belch. The aroma is huge, but sort of stale and not the least bit refined. Bitterness is one-dimensional, unrefined and heavily fatiguing as a result. Poor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Very deep orange pour. Very light tan head. Fruity, hoppy aroma. Delicious even from a plastic cup (boo). Sour and bitter taste. No aftertaste but a bit of alcohol in the afternose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Clear orange-amber body, small white head. Big resinous hop aroma - grapefruit flesh, peach, stem, all held together by toasty caramel malt. The flavor parts of the hops comprise the interesting part of the flavor - juicy orange, grapefruit, and almost a sweet pine element. Tingly hop spice in the finish. A fun-to-drink but unexceptional IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
From Odeed. The beer pours to a clear glowing orange body with a nice creamy white head. The aroma is peaches, hop leaves, fruit, toasted malts. The flavor is hoppy butterscotch. Grapefruit, pine, hop leaves. The palate is bitter and medium bodied, creamy, nice belch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
a light orangish copper colored pour w/ a full off white head and some ncie lacing. Smells much smoother than the double lots of sweet hop notes touches of grass lots of grapefruit hints of strawberry and some nice carmel sweetness. Palate is full lightly creamy and nicely oily, well coated. Flavor is GREAT. A nice fruity hop flavor, grapefruit, apples, strawberries, some floral notes and a good carmel blend. This is just some good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
In proper glassware @ Navens: What a delicious hop-riddled ale this proved to be. Poured a dark auburn and provided some nice lacing. Hops galore. I wont go into too much detail, but I smelled the hop assault well into the evening. I would love to have more of this in one evening than I am capable of withstanding. Time to start lobbying the local beer outlet around the corner to get me some of this so I can put that to a test.

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