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RATINGS: 1264   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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4.6
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 2009-09-03, draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 10-5-8-5-18=46
Cloudy amber color; small creamy head; end of the keg. Oh Lords of beer, this has a massive hop aroma, citrusy sweaty resiny and fruity; dusty cellar, dry hop leaves. Good body strength, with a rather smooth mouthfeel, even if the hopping is a lacerating experience; toffee flavor; the hop is extremely resiny and a bit fruity (bitter oranges), the bitterness induces headaches. Masochist pleasure.

2009-02-24, bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm, 9-5-8-5-17=44
with Tomahawk, Chinook, Athanum hops

Cloudy light amber color. Massive hop aroma, very fruity, grapefruit. Good body, powerful toffee, good residual sweetness, full throttle hop, extreme, fruity, resiny, killing, insane. One of the most extreme experiences.

2006-03-15, bottle, 9-4-8-5-18=44
Hazy amber color. Huge fruity aroma, resiny; aromas like a walk in a forest (freshly cut wood, pines…) very original and pleasant. Sweet, malty, extremely bitter taste: this is very good but more ordinary. The final has still a good share of sweetness, which is positive. Excellent.

4
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2006
Cloudy orange colour with a small white head. Hoppy citric aroma with notes of pine and fruit and hints of some malty caramel sweetness. Hoppy citric flavor on a malty caramel sweet background. Dry hoppy finish with notes of fruit.

4
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2006
22 oz. bottle, from BevMo in Walnut Creek. Pours rich reddish copper color with a large off white head that leaves thick lace. Bold hoppy aroma with pine, lush grapefruit and lemon peel, caramel malts are barley discernable in the background of the hop assault. Flavors features a rich malt sweetness, but again it’s the hops that dominate - more pine, grapefruit, spruce and spice. Thick full body, gently tingly carbonation. A hop monster in the truest sense of the word.

3.9
Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 (Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of Storm. Pours a hazy, amber golden with a small, off-white head. Extremely floral hop aroma. Loads of caramel, loads of fruit and a marked aromatic hop bitterness. 150306

4.1
joergen (28955) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles. Flavour of malts hops and pine needles with notes of caramel.

4.2
Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a small white head. Pine, grapefruit aroma and a sweet malty, dry hop, grapefruit taste. Medium to full body with a long light sweet dry hop finish. Nice!!!

3.7
thornecb (6020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Pours deep amber into a shaker. Medium sized head with good retention and lacing. Grapefruit and pine aromas. Upfront grapefruit with a bitter, lasting finish. Slick and fizzy. Not very balanced.

4.6
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2006
(Bottle courtesy of DarkElf, A huge kiitos Stephen!!!!) Brothers and sisters, I have just found the best DIPA so far! This beer has easily the most delicious aroma of any liquid I’ve ever encountered in my whole life. Monstrous yet somehow sophisticated attack of pine, citrus, tangerine and mint/menthol (?) – kind of herbs in the background is just insane! Hops dominate the flavor from the beginning to the end as well and although the malt backbone is not as strong as in some other best DIPAs I’ve tried I wouldn’t call this beer unbalanced at all. On the contrary, I would call it perfectly and wisely executed manifestation of hops. And, although the hop bitterness reaches its climax in the finish it’s not harsh at all. Texture of the beer is surprisingly oily with calm carbonation and the body is lighter than I expected. For those of you who crave for hoppy beers this is truly a winner. For me only Yulesmith can challenge this beer - Dreadnaught, Ruination or Frank aren’t even close. Thanks again Stephen!!

4.3
hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 22 oz bottle. Poured a hazy copper orange, with a moderate light tan head. Wonderful nose...hops at first,. but then your get the scent of pine,. citrus, and tropical fruit. Really great mouthfeel. Flavor balanced malts and hops remarkably well. While high in alcohol, it hides this well. For an DIPA fan this is heaven. I love this almost as much as the Moylander Double IPA,

2.6
ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 2005 bomber shared with OldGrowth on 2/25/06. The appearance is lovely, and all. Copper-bronze, amber and lightly wavy, with a foamy off-white head, light lacing and low to moderate filtration. The aroma knocks you down with floral-piney hops. Big, bold and in your face, with a light caramel, arbitrary maltiness. Sure, it smells hoppy, but come on, anyone can hop the hell out of a beer. This dosent seem to be exactly precise and well-thought-out. Just tons of pine and citrus. The flavor is hops. Hop bitterness to the max with biting citrus and pine, heavy acidity building on the palate right from the start and plenty of light caramel and just a touch of munich grains. Alcohol is well-hidden and the beer is well-made with well-extracted malt and all but it just burns. Intense hop acid and bitterness, overwhelming the flavor by far. If you love hops and nothing else, this is your beer. For the lack of balance, the bottle conditioned carbonation is engaging and light. Lightly creamy texture. As it warms, some light fruits and sugars emerge. A touch of buttercream is evident.


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