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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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2.4
madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle with no date, and I’m guessing it’s past its prime based on the taste. Pours lightly hazy amber (I stopped before pouring all the yeast in) with a decent-sized off-white head. Nose is buttery caramel and toffee with a hint of pine and herbal hopping. MIght have guessed this was a barley wine if I was tasting this blind. Taste is about the same, but with more pine sap and an unpleasant sharp, boozy, grassy hoppiness. Thick and slick in the mouth, resinous. I’m guessing this is a lot better fresh, based on the other reviews.

3.5
mjg74 (3185) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bomber from Capital Market. Hazy amber in color. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Some sugary sweet notes and sweet hops. Citric hops up front, moving into a bit of a sweet malty flavor. Good hoppiness throughout. Well balanced with a sweet malty thing going on.

3.6
keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Pours Amber with a huge foamy head. Slightly over carbonated. The aroma is very nice, notes of Belgian spice and grass. The flavor is peppery above a nice malt base. The hops come through early and often. Lingering after taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
Itzjerm (3126) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2015
More carmel and hop bite than much else. Not an amazing IPA in any way. Not a bad beer, but not an incredible DIPA. Aroma is almost more hops and sweetness than anything else. Thin fading head. Purchased in Wisconsin.

3.8
Bosbouw (3010) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2017
Mooie oranje bruine kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt fruitig citrus, orange, hop, bitter. Smaakt bitterzoet, fruitig, honing. Bittere afdronk.

3.5
ciocanelu (2957) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - FEB 5, 2016
Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with earthy and sweet orange notes. There is also some sweet malt and stale grains note. Taste starts somehow sweet and fruity but gets quickly bitter and dusty. Bitterness is quite harsh with lots of grapefruit pith. Body is medium-light with medium carbonation. Overall it’s a very classic, old school type DIPA. It has the harsh bitterness and earthy hops you expect from a classic example of the style.

2.8
glennmastrange (2924) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, light to moderate cooked orange and dough for the hops and yeast, with date and sugar in the background. Head is small, frothy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky medium tan/orange. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the extra long finish is lightly sweet and acidic and heavily to harshly bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft carbonation and a heavily astringent and lightly alcoholic finish. Up front it’s a bit maltier than most DIPAs, and the flavor and palate start off okay, but it’s not at all balanced and the finish for both is a little rough.

3.8
jonno (2915) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
Round, sticky, resinous DIPA. Quite dry in the finish actually, with some choice PNW hops. Quite mellow in some ways, as it certainly isn’t a shouty IPA.

4.1
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2006
Draft @ Elliott Bay - Pours a translucent but very deep golden orange, with a moderate rocky head. Floral hoppiness, fresh flowers, rosewater, some light alcohol burn. Truly smells like fresh hops dispersed in the glass. Mouthfeel is resiny oils, backed up with sweet caramel toffee maltiness. One of those beers that saves the day


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