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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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ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Bottled. Pours and orange copper color with an ivory head. Big floral nose with citrus and pine. Malty and very hoppy with the emphasis on the hops. Grapefruit and grass notes. Bitter end. Moylans does it again!

3.7
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle: Vibrant orangish caramel, soft haze, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing, little carbonation.   Strong resiny hop nose, smells like a kicker.   Quite a strong hop kick up front, but it seems to settle quickly.   However, after the finish the mouth begins to water heavily and you start to pucker.   Seems a bit unbalanced, geared obviously to the hopped side.   Big body and mouthfeel.   Finish is a touch too hot, but is still enjoyable.   This might be a 2½ IPA or a IIIPA as far as I am concered.   I consider myself somewhat of a hop head, but this one just makes you salivate and pucker up.   Malt needs to be brought up a notch to balance it out me thinks.   Still enjoyable tho.   Thanks Bob!


4.2
bhensonb (16122) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Live/real ale. Most vendors just stick it on the shelf, but with this level of hops and alcohol, it is a survivor. Strong citrus influence, but it’s hops all the way. If anyone has aged this, I’d like to hear how it turned out. Too tempting for me.

4
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty wtih tons of piney hop notes and a slight touch of grapefruit. Full bodied, dry and suprisingly smooth.

3.7
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Another fine Imperial/Double IPA in the California style. This beer is notably hoppy, of course, citrusy, and bitter. However, there is more than enough malt flavor to balance out the hops. You either like this style or you don’t, and I like it in the right doses. A respectable example.

3.8
zug4abby (288) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
gold copper color with very little lacing. strong hoppy aroma and a deliciously hoppy flavor with hints of spice and a little malt. Hints of carmelized sugar/candy through-out.

3.6
fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Malts used were more roasted than I had expected - think expectations had to do with both the name and the packaging, as the bottle had a green screening that made me invision a total immersion in hops. The hops are clearly there, but more as an abrupt stop in the finish following the grainy, roasted malts. Very good, quite enjoyable, but not spectacular.

3.9
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Filtered clearity in amber color with thin layers of suds atop. Tangerine hop nose bending towards grassy. Balanced but big hop flavors flow..the caramelly sweetness of the malt brings out the resiny hop flavors which cause fireworks of candied fruitness. Did i say bitter...but balanced? Bitter but balanced.

3.5
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 note added 1/29/2009: I’m not sure why the wet hopsickle is listed as an alias of this beer. I had them side by side and they taste different. I had this brew at Dr. BIll’s 12 Hour Beer extravaganza in Anaheim, CA on August 20, 2005. Thanks, Dr. Bill. Very dry hoppy, nice but nothing outstanding.

4.1
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Straight sweet hops aroma. Not sugar sweet, but pine-y sweet. Almost smells like the pitch you get on your gloves after stacking firewood. Coloring is more amber than IPA, but, then again, it’s a double. Flavor is straight hops, no balance. This reminds me of the Siletz Spruce Ale. Flavor is like eating a tree. Not that I’ve ever done that. Mouthfeel is thick, in the sense that it overwhelms.


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