Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by sponberg:
4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle date 11/05/05 or something that vaguely looks like that. Pours cloudy orange/gold with a reasonably long lasting head. Once you fight past the hops to get a look at it, that is. BIG time aroma here - faintly fruity malt (apricot?) beneath big citrus and spiciness - has me going back to sniff it several times.
Remember those cheesy 1950s horror flicks? You know, the ones with creepy organ music they used to spoof on MST3K? This one could be Attack of the Hop Cones. BIG time hoppiness - between the spiciness of the Tettnang and the complex pine/citrus combo of Simcoe/Cascade, the organist is jumping up and down on every key on the organ like a monkey on amphetamines, stops out, right from the start. But the killer thing is, there's malt under there - toasty, apricotlike malt - that somehow manages to hold the vast hoopiness together. Finishes with this intense, sharp, tongue-tightening bitterness that's reminiscent of a really sharp cheese without the lactose intolerance issues. 9%? Where? Amazingly intense yet soooo drinkable.
Massively enjoyable - thanks agian to FBG Tip Top for the hookup!
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2006 01:32:20 | More by sponberg
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3.96/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are a little more flavors of caramel malts and a light to medium amount of bitterness. Only a slight amount of alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA ages pretty incredibly as you can still smell and taste some of the hops after a decade. While the aging has rendered it closer to a barleywine, you can still get some of the hops in the smell and taste.
Note: Aged approximately 10 years.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 01:35:49 | More by metter98
Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.