biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours a slighly cloudy llight amber color with a med white head. Aroma is pine and orange/citrus rind. Flavor is also full of pine and citrus, with a slight amount of balancing malt. Good dose of bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer. Highly recommended. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2007
THOUGHTS: Some pine in aroma, but basically it was dominated by a ruby-red grapefruit juice-like aroma. Much like that juice it’s a little harshly bitter at first but after the first few sips you get used to it and then it start going down easy. This is a beer I avoided for a while because I thought it would be way too bitter, but it is really well-balanced. This was a nice surprise. This is definitely something I will drink again.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium sparkling, amber with a small white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was mostly ruby-red grapefruit as was the flavor with a short to average finish. The body was medium and dry up front with lively carbonation and a finish pretty close to ruby-red grapefruit juice without the pulp. cantchangeit (39) - Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2007
On Tap at Capitol Ale house in Richmond, VA. Deliciousness. This little nugget is super dank. A real heady experience, cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with jasonmech77 - Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. Lively carbonation. Very light spotty lacing. Has a wonderful floral, pine, and light citrus hop aroma. Flavor is mostly hops with some very light caramel malt presence. No unpleasant astringent after taste. A big plus in my book. An easy drinking, clean, medium body IPA. Very nice. Thanks Jason. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle from MrBendo. Slightly hazy light orange body, thin off-white head. Fresh, bright, piney, grassy hops aroma. Like opening a fresh package of hops flowers. The same fresh, leafy hoppiness carries over to the body. Bright and clean, bitter, with a light bready malt backbone. Damn, this is very nice. Three great IPAs in two days. The other two (Tyranena Bitter Woman from Hell and New England Sea Hag) characterized by complex malts and a stew of hops varieties. This one by fresh, bright hops and a simpler malt backbone. There is diversity in this style to seek out, indeed.
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Thanks go out to AxlLives for this grea 12oz bonus! Great hop flavor in this offering from Troegs! This is certainly one of the more refreshing IPA’s I’ve had in some time! This beer had great balance, and a good mix of bitter and sweet. A great flowery and grapefruit aroma with a nice rich head to dominate the glass. Goes down incredibly smooth, I enjoyed it a little below room temp. It certainly satisfied my hop craving for the week! steelers37 (62) - little ferry, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
great beer lots going on nice pine and citrus with a touch of sweetness on the finish a must try for hopheads JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2007
12oz bottle from Immy - thanks, Tim! Well hot dog, it actually does say imperial amber on the label. If that’s the case, then - measured against other imperial reds or ambers (cough cough Terrapin) - this baby takes the cake. But maybe that’s not fair. Anyways, this is hop NASTY, which is a very good thing. Hugely succulent and juicy, this one explodes with crispness and savory citrus from the get go. Superbly lively mouthfeel and it goes down oh so clean and smooth. Compares very favorably with Victory Hop Wallop. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a clean, transparent golden color with an even finger of foamy white head. Like some others out there, my first comment has to be that I’ve seen Pilseners out there that have more in common in color with an amber ale than this brew, but no matter, it still looks good - and smells good too! Fresh, clean lemony hop aroma with a refreshing herbal cripsness. Warrior, I’m guessing. Freshly mown lawn with the sprinklers going and lots of blooming springtime iris happening here. Light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Very light and very clean on the palate with loads of fresh grassy hops. A smigden of toasted pale malt gives it a bit of a breadiness, but its incredibly light and refreshing with the hops creating the bulk of the flavor profile. Some white grapefruit zest and white pine, mostly. Incredibly hoppy, yet light and easy drinking at the same time. Thanks, Tom! cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2007
IMperial amber? Of that claim, I am a little wary. After all, in the glass this concoction seems to be almost a wee bit lighter than its lil’ sibling, the Troegs’ Hopback. Oozing out of the glass is a wonderfully floral aroma of hops and a lightly sticky malt background. Do I detect honeysuckle and hibiscus? I thinks I do. For an ale labeled "imperial" this sucka’ is a tasty, tasty session-style for me. The body starts with a smooth malt-based introduction, but pulls back to a spicy, floral (again) honeyed, yet bittered finish. Refreshing and nicely balanced. Well, considering the beer is now quaffed, I do believe the review is over. On to something else for me to dispose of. What a tireless pursuit of my passion and profession. Cheers.