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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This "imperial IPA" has a very strong hop aroma and flavor, however it isn’t as bitter as the Gale Force IPA. There is a strong malt backbone to offer a level of balance but with over two and a half pounds of hops per barrel it resonates hops from start to finish. With so much flavor happening you miss the 8.6% alcohol by volume so be careful when serving or drinking. Hops were added at every stage of the process...it was dry-hopped with chinooks for two weeks. 75 IBU’s. Hops: chinook, centennial, columbus, cascade, bullion.

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3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a clear copper body that supports a weak white head. The aroma is a mix of sweet malts, floral hops, orange peel and some pine like hoppiness. The taste has plenty of hop bitterness mixing with a modest degree of hop flavor coming from pine, floral, citrus and tropical fruit like hoppiness. Behind the hops is an adequate malt sweetness that is creating a pretty nice body for this beer. It seems the hop profile is going in all directions and pulling itself apart to a certain extent. Plenty of hops here though.

3.5
drfabulous (8591) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2014
22 ounce bottle thanks to GCurlow. Orange pour. Malty and a bit syrupy. Citrus. Malty nose.

3.7
RichTheVillan (8248) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle from Stirchley Wines via Sarkynorthener cheers Martin; clear amber pour with a thin white head, aroma has sweet caramel and some tangerine, taste has sweet caramel, sticky mouthfeel, ok.

3.2
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2011
12-oz. Pours a crystal clear golden bronze with a dense, creamy white head that sticks around for a while. Lots of spotty lace. Big plastic nose, showing lots of pine and grapefruit as well. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Plastic, shampoo, grapefruit, pine, and caramel on the mid palate. Long resiny finish.

3.7
Idiosynkrasie (7978) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 24, 2016
355ml bottle. Cloudy, pale amber colour with average, thick, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Piney and slightly citrusy hoppy aroma, fruity notes of pineapple, hints of lemon zest. Taste is citrusy hoppy, notes of lemon, lemon zest, lemon drops, hints of lemon tea, minimally sugary, caramel malty basis. Fresh, citrusy, straightforward DIPA.

3.3
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk: pours a clear copper bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet pale caramel malty nose with a touch of tropical fruits and citrusy hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness with some fruity hop notes and mild bitter balance before a drier bittersweet finish. Could be a little more assertive, but is pretty drinkable.

3.3
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured cloudy medium orange with a sticky white head.. a fair amount of sediment in there. The aroma picked up orange zest and meat over soft bready malts.. almost like a hopped up amber ale. The flavor found orange meat, pale, and bready malts at the core with mostly orange and some sprucey bitterness around.. moderately bitter on the middle, but more bitter and less balanced on the long finish.. nice peppery kick right in the end. Medium-bodied, spicy, and increasingly bitter on the palate.. the flow was a bit disjointed.. overall a decent brew.

3.7
AmEricanbrew (7037) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Clear amber color/ rich off white, lingering head. Mild floral, pine aromas. soft smooth medium body. Good tropical fruit, floral hoppy flavors on a solid pale malt base- tasty ipa @ Taphouse Grill Bellevue.

3.5
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle:   Amberish, hazy, moderate white head, frothy, nice lacing.   Semi-sweet citrus rind nose, slight hop bite.   Even a bit floral.   Citrus peel up front, moderate hop bitterness.   Not much malt there.   This is not an Imperial IPA, at least compared to others.   Maybe a 1½ IPA.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   I would prefer to drink Gale Force IPA over this one as this is not malty/heavy/sweet enough for a big IPA.   Not bad, just not what I was hoping for.   Yeah, 1½ IPA for sure.


4.2
Braudog (6837) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Wow, an assault on the palate all the way ... and I liked it. Ruddy, orange-brown, with a thin but resilient head. The aroma is rich with a thick, acidic syrup. This is certainly a fully-laden drink, muscular body, rich flavors of maple, citrus, grape, pine. Big time beer at a surprisingly low 8.6%. (#5731, 9/12/2014)


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