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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial IPA with Virginia raspberries & blackberries

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10334) - 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, Id 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 heads wet dream, literally and figuratively, and may be the first time Ive ever uttered (proudly), "This beer tastes much more alcohol laden than 8%" lol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1511) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (843) - 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 Im 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6545) - 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. Its hard to discern any berries in the taste, but they must provide some of the intensity. (#6535, 3/15/2017)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5209) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6189) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1573) - Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Hazed dark amber/brown. Good foam and head as always. Great hoppy aroma, I do get subtle berry notes. Great hop flavor, with complexity, some dry toasty medium sweet malts. Get berry in the bitter. A nice infusion to a great ipa, stone does it again, always fresh always intense always great beers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14741) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (546) - Minneapolis, - MAR 5, 2017
Kind of a IPA fruit beer. Its pretty good. I get plenty of the berry flavors, slightly hoppy, not very bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8458) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2017
22oz bomber pours with a clear mahogany colored body that supports a full semi tight tan head of foam. The modest aroma offers up some malts, a malt sweetened fruitiness thats vaguely citrus, mild spicy hops and a dash of floral. The taste delivers smooth sweet malts and a crystal malt sweetness and bite leading to bitter spicy hops ringed thinly by a citrus hop note. Toward the finish the hops grow to reveal mild floral, pine and slightly woody hoppiness. This is a pretty nice through back offering that has a bit of an Arrogant Bastard Ale feeling to it.


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