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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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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.

4.5
drpimento (3673) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Yummm! Super good and very drinkable Imperial IPA. Aroma is very juicy and balance between fragrant Hops and caramel malt. Flavor is like knows, sweet up front with a bitter finish. Great body.

4.4
jeffman52 (16) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2017
A really good beer. I poured it cold into a cold glass. That was a mistake. The beer came off way unbalanced and overly bitter. But I let it sit and warm for a bit and as it got around 46 degrees the flavors really started to show and it balanced the beer. Pours darker than I expected. Smell was typical hops for a fruity IPA. Taste was mango with some earthy sweet taste. The taste on the end was piney hops... It was smooth and dry with some nice hops that I expect out of a double IPA. Very Enjoyable!!

4.3
AndyW68 (1557) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Brown pour with off white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is grainy and sweet. Taste adds a nice balance of bitter.

4.3
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Bomber pours cloudy Redish Brown. Aromas are a nice mix of hops and malts. No noticeable berries. Great flavors of strong hops balanced by a weak backbone of malts. The berries are subtle, with a slight appearance of tartness mixed with bold citrus. This is the way I like my dbl IPAs. I will get a few more of these while I’m waiting for the next release of Enjoy By. As the beer finishes it becomes more of a contest between malt sweetness and bitterness, which dominates.

4.2
Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color with a firm topping. There is a subtle flourish of dark berries in the nose. This drinks with a sturdy and viscous, richly woodsy, and fully built-up character profile. It’s hard to discern any berries in the taste, but they must provide some of the intensity. (#6535, 3/15/2017)

4.2
onceblind (9890) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Dark hazy amberish color with a thin ivory cap. Brisk leafy resinous hop aroma right up front with a touch of rye and slight bready toast and gentle amberish toast malt. Brisk amber malt and bright leafy resinous and gentle piney bitterness flavor with a bitter earthy resinous hop body. Brisk and complex and hoppy but also with a amberish and slightly roasty undertone.

4.2
sir__v (2629) - FRANCE - JUN 1, 2017
Bottle shared by Sprayalot, thanks - Color: clear dark amber beer with small carbonation and small heavy ivory foam. Smell: resin hops and toffee with pine notes. Caramel malt. Taste: full body with caramel malt, toffee and resin with pine notes. Very intensive taste. Aftertaste: dry bitterness, strong resin notes.

4.1
superspak (5691) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2017
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/31/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, berries, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops, berries, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, berries, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, berries, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, lightly toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops, berries, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; a bit of increasing hop astringency after the finish, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from bitterness, quickly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden, only a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops, berries, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV; and despite the aggressively bitter/drying finish. Was expecting more berry presence initially; but what was there complimented the very dank, piney, citrus, and tropical notes from the hops really well. No associated fruit tartness at all. Solid malt backbone without being sweet. A really enjoyable offering.

4.1
wlajwl (6885) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2017
Aroma is pine, spices and very mild berries. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, mild raspberrie/blackberries, malts, fruit and a mix of slight sweetness and increasing bitterness in the finish.


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