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Overall: 7.20/10 by 3 dudes

Standard Deviation: 0.28 or 3.93%

Trend: 7.20/10 over past 5 reviews

Style: American Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.00%

IBU: 80

Season: Year Round

Have Another: 67%

363 beers rated with a 7.93 average
  • 7.00/10 have another
  • A: 7.0 | T: 7.0 | L: 7.0 | M: 7.0 | O: 7.0
  • sDev: 2.78% Color: Pale Amber
  • A:Pale amber that's perfectly clear. Very complex, thick head of off-white foam head.

    S: Citrus hoppy, caramel, bready, piney, but all low grade.

    T: First impression is high sweetness factor along with bready malt. There's a taste in the middle that I can't identfy, not horrible but out of place. Heavy or cloying mouthfeel. Slight dryness and subtle hop bite.

    D: It's a big brew in a style I love. My first issue was that the aroma and look didn't reflect the fact that this would be a solid DIPA. The other was that it was slightly unbalanced. Overall it was close to being a really good brew in it's style. Problem is that there's a few really great brews in the style. But, in the end it's a good brew that could just use some refining. I would definately have it again and hope the brewers improve it over time.
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  • Reviewed: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 22:38:02
  • Tasted: Thursday, January 13, 2011
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
1,207 beers rated with a 7.81 average
  • 7.00/10 have another
  • A: 8.0 | T: 7.0 | L: 8.0 | M: 6.0 | O: 6.0
  • sDev: 2.78% Color: Pale Amber
  • Pours crystal clear with a beautiful, half-pour, of off-white foam. Retention is outstanding while the lacing is thick, sticky, and all over.

    Aroma consists of caramel and bread malt. Citrus hops slowly finds it way but it is slight.

    Taste is malt forward with caramel and bread giving a bit of sweetness. The finish is bitter that consists of pine, fruit, and citrus. Middle is so sweet that it comes across toffee in the middle. A little of putting.

    Medium, possibly on the heavier side that is almost cloying as it coats the teeth with sweetness. Light carbonation and a bit dry.

    A little too much sweetness, creating a thickness that pushes it towards the cloying end of the spectrum. It seems to be more of an English IPA than American but it is still drinkable and fun, just average. Enjoy!
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  • Reviewed: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 22:28:41
  • Tasted: Thursday, January 13, 2011
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
113 beers rated with a 8.19 average
  • 7.60/10 have another
  • A: 9.0 | T: 7.0 | L: 9.0 | M: 7.0 | O: 7.0
  • sDev: 5.56% Color: 10
  • Tall (1/2") white to taupe head, large bubbles. Orange clear beer. No apparent carbonation bubbles in beer.

    Aroma: Citrus hops, smooth bready base, hint of some sweetness (carmel?) and spice?

    Taste: Not as big as I imagined in flavor. Pleasant hops and pleasant malt, but sweet, *Almost* syrupy. GOOD taste, but out of balance. The sweet/syrupy is almost over bearing. Certainly drinkable for one, but likely can't drink several because that sweet/syrup would turn from pleasant to gross.
  • 503 characters
  • Reviewed: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 22:28:41
  • Tasted: Thursday, January 13, 2011
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
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