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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A BIG hoppy ale with an orange-citrus aroma and a lingering hop finish. Brewed from Pale, Crystal, and Munich malts, and hopped with Columbus and US Goldings. Each keg has been dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings for extra aroma and flavor.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Murky brown with sheets of lacing. Sweet and malty. Brown sugar and citrus with notes of pine sap. Lots of bittering hops. Thick and chewy with a bitter, heavy end.


3.4
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Deep golden, a little fiery, fairly clear, lively carbonation, moderate white frothy head head, decent lacing.   Sweet biscuity nose, soft hop, moreso malt, a little bit of underarm.   Moderate malt sweetness on the tongue, certainly some hops but somewhat muted.   This is softer than i expected.   Well balanced tho, but to me seems more of a 1 1/2 IPA.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Fairly clean on the finish.   Decent little beer, but not as big as i expected.


3.4
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2009
On tap sometime in 2008. Dark golden with medium creamy head. Biscuit malts and caramel sweetness doesn’t let the hop flavor through as much as I like. Big bitter finish, but the flavor just isn’t there. A bit syrupy; too thick & sweet. Just not my style of imperial.

3.5
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Light grapefruit, caramel, and light pine aroma. Grapefruit, caramel flavor with some pine. Decent bitterness but could use a bit more. Grapefruit, light pine, and caramel linger. San Diego-sweet caramel backing like.

3.6
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Hazy orange red with a frothy head. Big grapefruit and pine sap hop aroma. Heavy almost syrupy on the palate with light carbonation. Well balanced flavors of heavy caramel malts with sappy bittersweet hops. Has a noticeable alcohol twang in the finish. Draft@ the brewery’s 10th birthday party 12/20/2007

3.7
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2008
draft @ brouwer’s - deep orange with lots of haze and a big white head; lots of lacing and aromas of pine hops and thick malts; hops are very subdued in the flavors and though i love malty IPA’s, i find myself missing them here; a big beer though and you taste the 9%+ that’s for sure

4
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2008
Draft at Brouwer’s. This is one of my new favorite IPAs. Pours a very hazy orange color with a *very* thick pillowy head - almost reminiscent of what you find on top of a guinness (it was still there about 20 minutes later). The mouthfeel was a bit syrupy and certainly oily (thus the lingering head), but what a flavor. It has more depth and complexity than most IPAs I’ve tasted, and while the hops still shone through as the major player (as should be the case), it hinted at sweet malts - bread and butter notes. Great brew, if only a little too heavy.

3.5
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2008
Tap at Brouwers. Pours a muddy yellowish orange with a decent head and lots of lace. Aroma of herbal, leafy hops and a good amount of malt that creates a soft fruity aroma. Also a touch of butter. Flavor os herbal, leafy hops, medium bitterness, than lots of malt that does not really balance, but really takes over. Sweet bread, butter, brown sugar, and a little tangerine comes up. Back to a medium peppery and herbal bitterness that finishes it out with a little alcohol burn. Interesting.

3.3
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Draft at the brewery. Cloudy medium amber with no head and only the wispiest of lace. Mild bready nose. Nice medium body with very present carb. Rich sweet citrusy fruit sugar, orange pith, and biscuit on the mid-palate. Gets very harshly resinous on the finish with a big booze bite--not an easy combination to push across the back of the tongue. Starts off weak, then gets pretty delicious, then gets hot, twangy, and harsh. Bummer.

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homebrewcolin (9) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
Total butterscotch diacetyl bomb. First time I’ve run into a quality problem with these guys. I usually always enjoy their beers.


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