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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   IBU: 136   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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3.1
Tmoney99 (14455) - 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.

3.1
Dogbrick (13006) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Sample at the Sam Adams beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 07/30/09. The beer is a mostly clear light orange color with a medium off-white head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing on the cup. Mild hops aroma with touches of malt and citrus. Medium, clean body with hops and bready malt flavors. The finish is moderately hoppy and short. Overall an okay IPA, and a below average IIPA.

2.3
crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Not an ipa, It is a harsh, carmally, boozy strong ale. Like a poor mans arrognat bastard. What were they thinking?

3.1
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, grains and toasty. Follow with some citrus. Sweeter.

3.1
Sammy (12195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
A strongly red ale malty characteristic to a secondary hoppy ale. Drinkable, but not what you would expect from a DIPA. Drinkable on some nights, not for me tonight. Middling mouthfeel, off-white coloured body.

3.1
jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Michigan Brewers Festival. Orange amber body with a small creamy beige head. (3+) Mild sweet orange and muted resin in the aroma. Flavour have muted not quite dilute resin and hops. Average palate. Pleasant but unexceptional.

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JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bonus beer shared by Dave at the Sam Adams Beer Lover’s choice tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7/30/09. Cloudy brown pour with a thin off-white head. Caramel malt aroma with some booze and the slightest bit of hop. Smells more like a bock or a b-wine than an IIPA. Caramel malt flavor with a dry hop finish.

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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.

3.4
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2005
On tap @ MBGF: Moderate citrus hops in the aroma with some floweriness. Transparent amber with a small off-white head. Sweet citrus up front with a citrus and pine hop finish. Decent IPA.

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jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Deep dark brown and amber coloured body with no head at all to speak of and a thick layer of yeast at the top of the bottle and on the cap - very interesting and not like an Imperial IPA i’ve ever seen before. Aroma of alcohol, pit fruits, caramel, yeast and bread - no hops at all to smell and more of a traditional ale than anything else. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong alcohol and pit fruit flavours with a lot of cardboardie malt at the back end with some raisins and caramel, along with a touch of toffee, but no hops at all, and no complexity at all. Aftertaste shows the slightest hint of bitterness, but it dies away quickly and the alcohol and light breadiness comes through. Overall, this one is just bad - no flavours, no complexity, no hops and definitely not worth buying nor bringing back home. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 02-August-2013 for US$2.49 sampled at home in Washington on 12-October-2013 to celebrate Detroit’s game 1 victory over the Red Sox in the 2013 ALCS.


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