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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Just as Patrick Henry once stood addressing the city of Richmond in 1775 to spur resistance against the tyrannical British Empire, 20 years ago we were stirred to join the cry for resistance against the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer. And now, the opening of our Richmond brewery is yet another shot in the salvo that has been fired on behalf of American brewing independence. If we wish to brew free, if we mean to retain our identity and preserve the privilege of access to independent craft beer, we must recognize it is a group effort. We do not stand alone. And so, on our new brewing grounds, we gathered with fellow craft breweries and “His Excellency,” Governor McAuliffe, to join together in force. A group cry of freedom & independence! Consider this aggressively hopped imperial IPA, jam-packed with Virginia raspberries and blackberries, a testament to our passion and unwillingness to settle or sell out! We think Patrick Henry would be proud, and hope you will be too.

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3.8
fonefan (49601) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2017

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Morten minus Peter Tasting ].

[ As Stone Give Me IPA or Give Me Death ].
Clear medium to dark amber color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, sweet malt, candy, moderate to heavy hoppy, grapefruit, orange - citrus, sweet fruit, sweet hops, sweet berries. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, candy, sweet fruit, sweet hops, hoppy, raspberry - blackberry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20170401]
8-3-8-3-16

3.5
Travlr (25275) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Draft at Brawley. Clear amber brown color. Aroma of caramel and burnt pine. Taste is sweet burnt caramel resiny finish.

3.8
mcberko (18084) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2017
On tap at Stone Escondido, pours a cloudy maroon with a medium beige head. Aroma is huge on the dank, herbal and resinous hops upfront, with very minor notice of the berries. Flavour is along the same lines, with lots of dank resinous hops, and just enough bready caramel malt to back. No real hint of the berries. Despite this, it’s an excellent IIPA.

3.9
bhensonb (15355) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours dark transclucent copper with a beige head. Aroma of pine and some red berry. Med + body. Flavor is malty, pine and a touch of red berry. More malty pine than anything. Not very dry, and rather bitter. Typically strong flavors. Really making me think imperial amber a bit. It has taken a long time, but I finally got a definite taste of blackberry. Good stuff, but maltier than expected.

3.9
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2017
Bomber from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Dark copper, large foamy white head, good retention. Aroma of pine, resin, toffee, mild berries. The taste is pine, resin, toffee, sweet berries. Medium bodied, interesting.

3.7
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured a copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Berries, caramel, some citrus, and fruity. Interestingly good.

3.6
slowrunner77 (12162) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 24, 2017
Tap at Beer NV. Dark orange. Great idea, but the execution is muddled. Light berry - not good enough to be a good berry beer, interferes with the hops to make it not quite good enough to be a great IIPA. Solid overall, if not a standout. Balanced fruit, hops, malt. Slightly oily feel, no heat.

3.7
shrubber85 (11460) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle. Raspberrry, blackberry, caramel malt, and lemon peel aroma. Murky dark brown with moderate head. Moderately sweet berry, caramel malt, and moderately bitter herbal grapefruit peel flavor. Good body. Influence of berries more subdued than I would have though.

4.5
DocLock (10745) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2017
#4,300. Bomber from Whole Foods PM. Pours hazy dark coppery toward ruby. This one looks a lot like a barleywine or red IPA. Specifically, it looks a lot like Arrogant Bastard. The head is 2-3 fingers and lasts a long time, just like your mistress likes her foreplay. The nose is huge hops, caramel malt, mild berries, I’d estimate this IBU load at 100 +/- 10%, (and, yes, I know the current IBU theoretical maximum is 120). Tastes rich, resiny, piney, very hoppy, with mild berry notes, and a slightly syrupy finish. This is a hop head’s wet dream, literally and figuratively, and may be the first time I’ve ever uttered (proudly), "This beer tastes much more alcohol laden than 8%" lol.

3.6
jercraigs (10592) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2017
2017-07-13. Very lightly hazy dark amber body with a modest foamy beige head and lace. 4+ Aroma is surprisingly alcoholic, green hops. Flavour is fairly bitter up front, resiny hops, muddled but pleasant berry fruit character. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Okay. 7/4/7/3/15+ Bottle from Arch, Newmarket.


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