RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   IBU: 136   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Hopknocker Imperial IPA OG 1098/136 IBU/10% ABV An Imperial IPA to satisfy the deep craving for hops, and please the Big Beer Boys at the same time. If this one does not put you in your place . . . your scary!

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2009
9.5% ABV 12oz bottle from Party World on Alpine, Grand Rapids, MI. Clear ruby red with small, almost nonexistent beige head. Aroma is sweet and doughy with citrus hops, very barleywiney, some alc, BIG acetone.. Flavor is alc, dirty grapefruit, slight bitterness, caramel, peppermint, spicey, citrus, cloyingly sweet, some alc burn, a little astingent too. Medium to light and watery with no carbonation. Unbalanced and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2009
On tap at Schmohz Brewing Company. Murky copper with a thin tan head. Aroma of light hop, sweet malt and alcohol not bursting with hop aroma Id expect from the style. Taste of caramel, sweet malt, a touch of alcohol and a nice mix of earthy and citrus hops though not as hopped up as Id prefer for the style. Mildly sticky palate that seems hide the alcohol well. Mild bitter on the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1782) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2009
This starts off with an unappealing aroma, touch of cardboard, and something "off". Pours a cloudy reddish-amber, with just a dusting of head. Fairly potent hop bite, with a touch of biscuit and caramel malts in the background. Alcohol not noticeable at all. Not bad, but not something Im going out of my way to get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Growler.Pours a dirty orange,with a thin white head,Aroma is pine,oak,grain and grassy hops. Flavor is kind of a somkey earthy malt character with hints of fruit (peaches) plums,maybe some grapefruit, the hops come in at the end with just the right kick. This was kind of a hard brew to figure out but so tasty ,and I had to drink the whole growler myself Mmmmmmmm. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2008
12oz Bottle. Ugh. Diacetyl bomb. This smells like a wet dog rolled in rotting newspaper and splattered with 10-year old freezer butter. Stale, dappled with alcohol. Pours a rather dark red-brown, with little carbonation or head. Flavor fights through. A lot of alcohol comes through with a bit of grassy hop dust, celery seeds and plant material. Diacetyl, heavy oxidation and cardboard carry out the rest of the flavor profile. Old malt body gets a touch vinous and is just wrong for a not-that-old IIPA. Pizza sauce and dried tarragon bring up the back. Generally, offensive. Too sweet, too alcoholic, and messier than a two-year old eating pie. This comes across more as a way-over-the-hill barleywine than as a fresh IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
2008 MiBGF: Reddish amber with an okay head. The aroma has notes of catty and resiny hops, pepper, caramel, bready and roasty malts and a bit mineral. The taste starts with a bitter astringent note with a malty backbone, Slightly spicy finish. Strange mouth feel chalky yet sharp. Okay beer, needs crisper hop profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigtaster (956) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Piny aroma. Nice medium body with variety of hop flavors, pine, citrus, floral. Hides the alcohol very well. Great craft brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmmbeer (1409) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2008
(Sampled 7-5-08) On tap at the brewery- transparent light orange/yellow color, thin white head. Aroma of hops and pine. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is detectable, some sweetness at the start with hops in the middle and finish. Decent sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (14206) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007
Draft sample at brewpub. Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Good name for a beer, not so good execution. Pours light orange with a thin white head. I found this to be light on the hops aspect one would find in an IPA, English style or otherwise. Fairly bland and average at best.

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