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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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4.2
bhensonb (15841) - 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.

3.6
aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Very Grapefruit juice looking beer. Nice High alpha floral nose with some pine and fittingly grapefruit aromas. Very resinous and oily. Some mild ripe white fruit notes from the malt and a good round soft oily mouthfeel. Much better than the white Knuckle.

3.5
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Orange gold color, slightly cloudy. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is citrusy and floral. A medium bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are citrus and grapefruity. Nicely balanced, yet sort of leans towards the malts. Hides the IBU (100) and the alcohol 7.7% very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter


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