RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Our Imperial IPA is bigger and more balanced than its little brother, Ruud Awakening IPA, with a stronger malt presence and increased hopping rate. Mild caramel malt character and plenty of Pacific Northwest hops. The Imperial IPA is part of our Brewers Reserve Series.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidd (7) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2012 does not count
Pours hazy amber, lots of complex hops. Strong and a bit heavy, but that didnt stop me from finishing it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (6177) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Tropical fruit nose, pineapple and grass. shimmering amber, medium yellow head. Whole overripe orange flavor. Grassy and bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bomber shared by tia and HopTsing at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, herbal and peppery hops with pale malts. The taste is tea, citrus, bitter hops and candied citrus. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (2047) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ 18th RG. Yellow amber with didnt white head. Smells resiny and sweet. Nice bitter hoppy flavor with a little funk. Medium hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
n8dogg515 (5) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2012 does not count
Great body, appearance, and aroma. A bit too malty for my pallate, which has been the case in most imperials I have experienced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Pours orange with big white head. ..aroma..is caramel hopper and wood...taste is caramel pine and cream..very tasty but 2 thick imo..ok but wont seek out...dont hate..just 2 surypy 4 me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (6137) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 3/24/12

Aroma: The nose has some grassy hops, pine, fruity notes, some caramel, and a bit of bread
Appearance: It pours orange with a fairly thick white head and fairly heavy lacing on the glass
Flavor: The taste is light-medium sweet, fruit and caramel, with a mid-full piney hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it feels somewhat sticky, with average carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: I actually found this one to be a really solid IIPA, and Im actually surprised it isnt a little higher in the style. It isnt a top of style offering, but I still found it to be very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (6032) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
22 oz bomber from Blue Dog, I think. Poured a deep dark orange/brown body under an average sized foamy off white head with gobs of sticky lace. Aroma of citrus meat, citrus rind, peaches and apricots, wet bread and lots of fruit. A full mouthfeel with strong carbonation and no real alcohol warming but the alcohol is apparent. Flavor isnt quite as good as the aroma with notes of alcohol, bitter hops, citrusy grapefruit rind, wet bread and lemon zest. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours translucent orange with a nice substantially sticky white head. Aroma is malt forward with some citrus and fruit. Taste is decently well balanced, some alcohol noticeable, hop bitterness is fairly substantial but doesnt last too long, lots of malt as well. Pretty good, comes off more like an English style IPA thats ramped up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bomber. Appearance is a rusted orange and ruby color with a ring of sudsy white head and lacing around the glass. In the aroma theres mostly orange citrus and caramel with some malt and pine toward the end. The flavor opens up with lots of aggressively bitter, resiny hops notes along with plenty of grapefruit, dried mango and lightly toasted malts. The alcohol is noticeably hot at the end while the finish brings more tropical fruit and astringent bitterness. Its a little on the boozy side and not quite as balanced as their IPA but enjoyable enough to merit a purchase for DIPA hunters.

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