RATINGS: 91   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 Brewer’s Reserve Series.

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jcwattsrugger (12469) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2012
22oz bottle-pours copper with a big retaining offwhite head. Aroma is pine/ciitrus, some medium malt. Taste is biting/harsh resin/pine/herbal hops, some medium malt, alcohol. Slightly slick. 3.3 Better cold. Aroma has some orange. Taste has some bready/caramel. 3.7

msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pour is a deep orange color, rather cloudy with a light vanilla colored head. Nose of of citric hops with a little pine note as well. Taste is similar to the nose, dominated by notes of citrus and slight other hop notes

PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Serving: 22 oz. bottle poured into a large tumbler. Aroma: The initial hit is piney, grassy hops, with a bit of a floral (elderberry?) character as well. Then I get some orange julius like flavor, and a hint of maltiness. Overwhelmingly an astringent hops character. They have not scrimped on the hops. Appearance: This is a thick beer for an IPA. It pours somewhat cloudy (cannot see a light bulb through it) with an amber, almost ice tea colored hue. Lots of bubbles stream fromt the bottom. Nice head, and lace that clings very well to the side of the glass. Taste: At the start, I get some roasted malt and sweetiness briefly. Finishes bitter and astringent with the hops. Palate: This is a thick, creamy beer. It has a strong alcohol character in the mouth. Well-carbonated, and the carbonation lasts a long time. It is a good one to let warm up a bit. Overall: Overall, this is a big, chewy beer with a lot to offer. It stands up very well to food, particular sharp cheeses. Well done - I enjoyed it a lot.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
In short: A resinous and overly sugary IIPA. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh one month after receiving it from after4ever, thanks a lot Tom
The look: Cloudy glowing orange topped by a small white head
In long: The pleasant hoppy nose is woody, oranges and hops resin. Nose takes a nose dive. A malt backbone that tasted like Frosted Flakes™ cereals with a lot of refined white sugar and some flour followed by a ton of resinous woody hops and candied orange peels. Alcohol a bit apparent. The beer was clean and well brewed but this is really not my type of IIPA, I rarely struggle to drink a bomber of IIPA but I did here. An ordinary beer from a brewery built into an old schoolhouse built back when kids were going to high school, now they go to school high.

ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Dark orange poour with an off-white head. Aroma is resin an earthy hops. Hint of citrus and a big malt character. Flavor is a bit dank, leafy, foliage wet forest, but not in a bad way. Malt balances nicely, but this beer has some serious bitter kick on the back. Big beer. Not bad.

bhensonb (15347) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours light amber with a large foamy beige head. Aroma is heavily floral over light caramel. Flavor is piney/citrus/floral with pine seeming to come on predominately. Certainly true to the NW traditions of hop/hop/hop. Nice long smooth bitter finish. Excellent.

Fred82 (2329) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
Bomber shared by MartinT.
Appearance : Clear shiny amber with a creamy white head.
Aroma : Earthy and humid hops. Very earthy. Floral and resinous too. A bit citrusy with some honey.
Taste : Resinous and earthy. Finish is quite resinous and bitter. Some alcohol. Light piny notes.
Overall : Different IPA. Very earthy, almost woody hops. quite resinous too, maybe a bit too much. Not my kind of IPA but it’s interesting to try something different.

MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Wet leaves, wood and resins create an autumnal aroma for this Double IPA, while alcohol warms up the polished mouthfeel

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam decorates the clear amber.
-Malts support but do not offer a lot of flavor.
-The aroma of this bottle was either tired or contained hop varieties better suited for bittering.
-The lengthy hop bitterness never quit.
-While the recipe might not be in my pantheon of favorite Double IPAs, I have to say this was an impeccably executed brew. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.
-This reminded me of Charlevoix’s Vache Folle Double IPA series somewhat, although perhaps better attenuated.


Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a dark orange color with a foamy, white head. There is good head retention and lots of lacing left behind. The nose is slightly faded with notes of herbals, tropical fruit, and slight floral notes. The flavor seems slightly faded as well with notes of light caramel, resin, and herbal hops. The body is light to medium with average carbonation leading to a medium, slightly boozy bitter resin finish. Okay, but not spectacular. The alcohol was a little obvious for my tastes.

Travlr (25267) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy variegated amber color, tiny white head with poor retention. Aroma of citrus, pineapple. Taste is bitter start to finish, citrus and pine, chewy, dry finish. Not bad.

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