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RATINGS: 1288   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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3.8
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2006
From Bottle. A fiery, orange pour tumples into my snifter glass, stirring up a creamy swirl of light beige head. Aroma is dripping with sugary ruby red grapefruit, freshly sliced pineapple, and raw mango skin. A brown sugar maple glazed sweetness adds some maltiness dimensions, and some honeysuckle gives it a lightly floral bouquet. A rich, syrupy texture rushes across the tongue, opening the floodgates to a massive hops resevoir. Freshly cut pine boughs and some indescribable artificial metallic tones sting the tongue initially, but a light maltiness comes along, nursing my senses back to health. Final smack of white grapefruit juice.

4.4
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Hazy orange with a creamy, lasting head. Incredible mouthfeel. Juicy, vibrant, bold and charismatic hops were full of citrus, resinous pine, spruce and sharp grass. Bold bitterness was held in check by a rather solid and tasty malt backbone, which was rich with cocoa, caramel and chocolate malt balls. Plant-like twang lingered on the tongue. Fantastic beer, especially for a hophead like me.

4.5
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 28, 2006
I’m so happy i found a bottle of this, finally. Pours a dense copper and orange with a decent layer of film on top. Carbonation bubbles rise extremely slowly and are fairly big. Aroma is a strong dosage of freshly picked hops, pine and reminds me of a musty sweat. The drink is intensly bitter but delicious every last sip. Strong flavors of grapefruit, hop, and a sweetness similar to wild honey. Amazing double IPA, i couldn’t of imagined it being this good.

3.7
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 26, 2006
22 oz. Bottle Pour of clean, clear ruddy amber, the color of deep fiery topaz. With a shrouding rim of sparse white head. Zinger of an aroma, full of cream-like West Coast hops, rounded with freshly scraped Sicilian Blood Orange peel, fresh Florida Ruby Red, and Moroccan Coriander, ground. Flavor is piquant. A really heavy edge of spiciness, over a complex fruit. The Cascade dominates, but yields to a glacier-like advance of mixed up fruits and spices. I’m getting Oaxacan style seasonings, in a pot of mulled Wine, with some Thai fruit salad. Complex and intriguing. This is all washed away but liquid sweet sugars, clean and free of peril. The finish is somewhat unsettling, with a parching and quite bitter grassy resin coating my mouth, creating a sense of unbalanced yearning. Overall, decent. But some light diacetyls and the scary finish keep this one from earning top marks. Regardless, thanks Andy!

3.4
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
Blind rating. Pours deep copper and brown with a rocky, foamy off-white head and spotty lacing, lasting head. Aroma is soapy, pine and spruce hops, perfumey and citrus fruits. Heavily bitter rind and moderate acidic hop flavor, burns the tongue, sour hop is lasting. Medium bodied and dry palate.

2.2
Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
100% blind rating. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), moderately yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Eecchhhhhh...undrinkable.

3.4
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
Beer pours a clear dark caramel with an average, white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head. The aroma is sweet malty with a light note of toasted grain, caramel; hoppy with heavy-to-harsh notes of resin/pine, grapefruit, light notes of apricot;; yeasty with light notes of dough; miscellaneous notes of light cedar.

4.2
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 15, 2006
It says triple hoppy right on the bottle, and it is. Hard hitting hop bite, resin pine, and strong grapefruit flavor. Also a weird gear oil smell and flavor, but good overall. And extremely hoppy.

4
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2006
22 oz bottle from Bev Mo La Mesa. Pours a medium amber color. Nose is very hoppy and Piny, also a bit of fruit.

3.8
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
Bottled. Pours a medium amber color. Strong hoppy and bitter aroma. Lots of sweet pine and citrus. Really bitter right up front. Pine needles. Bitter and spicy finish. Touch of alcohol.


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