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Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
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502 Ratings
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 123
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Draft only as of 2008.

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 11-24-2003)
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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, full copper color that is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is intensely laden with citrus-like notes of American hops. Sweet citrus including orange, and grapefruit as well as ample notes of lychee, apricot, peach, and intense fruit notes similar to tropical fruits like pineapple and bits of papaya and mango. The aroma is quite a heavenly melange of heady sweet fruit notes, including a ripe fruit sweetness to it. The Simcoe really seems to dominate the aroma on this one, and I really like what it is doing.

The beer has a medium to full body to it as well as a sweetness, which only helps to accentuate the hoppy fruit notes. The flavor has lots of hops coming out all over the place. Predominant is the sweet fruit character which is reminiscent of lychee fruit, peaches, and apricots. Secondarily I get notes of sweet ruby red grapefruit, tangerines and sweet oranges. The malt character is not noticeable in and of itself, but it plays a big role in accentuating the fruit-like hop character.

I must admit, I am a sucker for the upfront, intense, hop derived fruit notes in this beer. They pair perfectly with the malt sweetness and make this quite the decadent after dinner treat. The alcohol is quite well integrated in this beer as well; it is barely perceptible in either the nose or the flavor. What can I say, this had definitely lived up to the long wait for me to procure a couple samples of this brew; I definitely recommend it.

Gueuzedude, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured mostly clear with a bronzed orange colour. The short, off-white head reduced quickly to a thin lace, leaving behind a bit of foam on the glass. Sugary sweet aroma balanced a lot of hop character - tangerine, pink grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of chalkiness. Bitterness was quite strong and was balanced by plenty of sweetness that ended up being a bit syrupy. Orange and pine fill out the flavour profile and there's a bit of alcohol that shows up towards the end. Lingering bitterness was accompanied by a mellow malt sweetness. Significant alcohol warmth. Medium body with lots of residual sugar, making it a bit sticky. This one sure has a full hop flavour and decent balance, but a less syrupy sweetness would really improve it. Thanks for the pick-up Viggo!

DrJay, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I find this style on a whole counter-productive. Way too much hops, and then to be drinkable, perhaps malted down. I find I am ranking regular well-done IPAs significantly higher. This one is no exception, its fresh, its got some grapefruit aroma, it looks nice, and i taste the cascade, bu the additional megadoses of tettnang and simcoe and then lots of malt..well its a one-time effort. In any case, thanks for delivering Viggio.

Sammy, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, informative label, including bottling date. My bottles were filled only 6 weeks ago. Fresh brew from a fine brewer. This DIPA is a tasty offering to the hop gods. Pouring Glittering, clear orangy amber, almost white head that is long lasting and leaving respectable lacing. Nose is loaded with juicy hop notes. Full bodied and immediatly bitter and crammed with waves of grainy, oily and citric hop notes. Balanced by a bed of semi-sweet malt notes. Big, bold and complex. Alcoholic strength is quite evident. Hop lovers/big beer lovers rejoice. Even more world class brew from Goose Island. Well done!

Billolick, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this gem on tap at the Barcade Friday night...
Arrived in a goblet a golden copper color with a full finger of bright white head...disappears fairly quickly with a fine layer remaining.
Producing some decent lacing...
The aroma was very inviting...a citrus hop punch with plenty of malt to back it up.
Taste was fantastic...a boatload of grapefruit in the flavor with just enough malt to balance it out. Alcohol was very well hidden and the finish was very clean...no lingering flavors.
Mouthfeel was nice...not thin and by no means cloying.
Carbonation was perfect for the style and highly quaffable for a double...I belive the menu stated 10% for the abv, but you would not know it from drinking it...very dangerous.

warriorsoul, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a broad mouth chalice)

A- This beer pours a shinny coppery color with a crystal clear body and a thin off-white head that soon fades to a faint ring around the edge.

S- The big hop smell of skunks, pine and a hint of pineapple make a complex hop aroma. A nice hint of cat pee in the hops as it warms. There is only one or two tiny bubbles of carbonation in the beer.

T- The faint hint of pale malt is quickly kicked in the face by the bold chewy delicious taste of hops. The flavors of pine, grapefruit and a slight orange note make this hop flavor very big and very complex. The hop finish is more floral that bitter with a faint watermelon hops note.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency.

D- This is a great big juicy hoppy beer. The malt and alcohol are faint in the background and so is the hop bitterness. This beer is all about aroma and flavor of hops. Very nice beer and it justifies the price.

rhoadsrage, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught as my last beer that I will ever have at the Blind Tiger before it closes 12/27/05.

Poured out with a beauteous golden peach glow topped off with a dense ivory headcap that leaves a full soapy lace residue.

Aromatic blast of bright juicy fresh orange juice and grapefruit sizzle.

First swigs: Acidic bright orange peel sizzle that is active and alive. Bright is putting it mildly. This is radiant. Piney resinous and tacky. Thick with hops.

Feel became a bit hot towards the end but that didn't stop me from enjoying the heck out of this. Pure burnin' orange sizzle. A touch hot.

Last swigs: Website says simcoe, tettnang and cascade. This is a hop head's burning dream beer.

blitheringidiot, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer looked amazing in the glass. It was a wonderful deep copper that really seemed to glow. It was crystal clear and had two thin streams of bubbles rising up to the top. The off-white, slightly orange head rose up easily to two fingers. It was dense and, while it slowly dissipated, clung strongly to the side of the glass. As the beer disappeared, thick rings and solid sheets of lace decorated the side of the glass. In a word, beautiful.

Smell: The hops on the nose were strong, citrusy, and spicy. Nice and juicy. However, they were not the only game in town. A nice malty backbone with a roasted, cracker-like quality provided a nice balance on the nose. Some lemon zest rose up to linger with the hops on occasion.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth with a soft carbonation developing as the beer lingered in the mouth. Slightly oily.

Taste: Sweet malt on the tip of the tongue was immediately joined by a huge amount of hops. Tons of both hops flavor and bitterness were present. They came across as piney, citrusy, and zesty. Very complex; always changing and transforming into something different. However, through all this, the malt stuck it out and provided a nice attempt at balance. The malt became slightly roasted and woody on the finish. In the aftertaste, the pine and citrus in the hops transformed into apricot and peach. The alcohol just danced along the edge of my awareness.

Hoppy, zesty, spicy, and malty. A wonderful beer in my opinion. What impressed me most was the complexity of the hop profile. A little pricey at $17.99 a four-pack, but definitely worth it on occasion.

Quaffer, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've sampled 3 bottles of this one over the past 10 days and my notes consistently bear out the conclusion that this is a "hop monster" of a double ipa. Pours a slightly hazed, apricot body with a small, almond hued head that leaves some attractive waves of lacing.

Aroma is assertive and brash, with a powerful note of fresh spruce pine, backed by grapefruit and a kiss of tangerine. A hint of sweet caramel lurks underneath and barely comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with appropiate active carbonation and a resinous hops sting. Nice feel to this one.

Taste features a bigtime grapefruit hops bitterness, accented by the aromatic spruce pine resins. Fresh hops are brisk and dominant, and seem to permeate all your senses with leafy goodness. A bit of caramel malt sweetness is hidden away underneath and never becomes a significant player. The big alcohol isn't apparent, being swept away by all the fresh, leafy hoppiness. Finishes with a pine cone bitterness with a hint of citrusy grapefruit that follows into the aftertaste.

Excellent double IPA, but a bit too brash for my senses. Very dry and bitter, and reminds me of something between a Stone Ruination and a Victory Hopdevil. I wish the tangerine notes were more prominent here. Amazing, how the big alcohol is so well masked in this one. This is an enjoyable challenge for me, as the hops are very bitter, yet fresh and leafy. Can't wait to try this one in a few months.

merlin48, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good and very fresh IIPA. Looks beautiful in the glass. Pours very pale and clear with a great carbonation and a nice fluffy white head. Leaves a lovely layered lacing.

I love the smell. The hops are very bubblegummy and citric. The malt smell is sweet and matches the hops quite well. This is the smell of hop bliss (like fresh whole hops).

The taste is very well balanced. Has a huge bitterness, but the caramelized malty sweetness is quite formidable itself. Very similar to the nose but even more intense and blissfully blended.

The mouthfeel is intensely sweet before the swallow and almost ashy bitter in the swallow. The body is medium to thick, and not too syrupy. Moderately dry in the finish.

Drinkability is good, but at 9% I couldn't put down too many of these in a night. I will definitely be get more of this before our stock runs out.

neonbrown82, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like chewing on a pine cone that's dripping with citrus fruit juice and candied with caramel, this strongly hopped ale shifts the balance decidedly toward the hops in their most glorious fashion.

The highly hazed ale settles in with a burnish gold, amber color that looks much like grapefruit and orange juices. A creamy foam settles upon the beer with an off white blanket that's firmly retained and clingy with lace.

Grapefruit, oranges, and pine aromas provide an intense and fragrant scent while the supple malt sweetness picks up on the citrus character with light caramel and honey. Grassy as well, this is a testament to the sheer amount of hops employed to deliver this strong of aroma.

Citrusy as hell with white grapefruit pulp, freshly zested oranges, passion fruit, and apricots gives a sense of the resiny, tropical and pithy flavor of fruit. Seemingly candied in nature, the mild caramel malt sweetness is thin gives the fruit flavors a candied effect. Quite bready, the starch of dough takes over for the timid sweetness and gives the hops a firm pillow on which to rest. Followed by a grassy and deeply resiny bitterness and mild vegitable taste, the dryish beer opens itself to the rewards and limitations of reckless hopping rates.

Starchy to texture as well as the bready malt feel gives the dry hops a creamy (almost chewy) mouthfeel and soothes the high alcohol warmth and rounds off the astringent hop matter. Finishing dry, bitter, and gripping on the back of the throat, a linger of sharp citrus carries the palate into the next sip.

It's a dangerous beer that causes such resiny dryness that it's easy to reach for the next sip to quench the thirst far sooner than the nine percent beer should. Sneaky, that one.

BEERchitect, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle date, managed to get this only a few weeks old. Poured an enticing, slightly hazy apricot. Head was slow to form, but had some staying power. Aroma was juicy-fruit hops. I know that the taste buds which register bitterness are at the back of the tongue, but I swear the bittering registered as soon as it hit the tip. Not quite sticky malt, a needed and well balanced vehicle to carry the hops. Fresh hops flavor that faded surprisingly quickly with a bit of acidity, rather than the expected blunt finish. For all the hops, perhaps one of the most drinkable of this style I've run across.

Brent, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear deep copper wtih a finger of solid head maintained by a small cascade of bubbles from the bottom of my glass. Even before I got the beer poured, the aroma hit me, and hit hard. This is all about the hops. Sweet grapefruit and almost bubblegum notes blend with a mild pine, but sweet is the name of this game. The background is caramel, but hops take it hands down. Flavor is actually very well melded. Initially I get piney hop resins bolstered with very nice chunky caramel malt sweetness. The finish is a very nice peppery hop bitter that stays but does not linger. Burps are all about hops...like you find in a freshly boiled wort. Very new tasting. I really like it. Feel is thick with a moderate carbonation. Definately one of the more drinkable IIPA's I've had in a while. I really like how it finishes strong with the peppery hop, but fades before too long. Keeps me coming back for more faster than I should with a beer of this caliber...not that I complain. I will be grabbing more of these while they are fresh. Damn good beer.

kmpitz2, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of beerinator
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle: 11-03-05
Appearance: Copper penny clear beer. Off white head leaving loads of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Bam. Very hoppy in a piney and vegital way. There are hints of citrus sneaking in as well. But mostly it's sweet notes of pine. Very pleasing aroma if you are into the hops. This is much much hoppier from the bottle than I remember it on draft at the brewpub from just last week.

Taste: There are at least four levels of bitterness on the tongue. The piney notes carry through, but there seems to be more grapefruit here. Maltyness is there, but unbalanced in reference to all these hops (not that this is a bad thing). The finish is a bit sweet, but lingering bitterness will leave you thinking of geese for a while. Bitterness is what this beer is all about and it seems to do it well and with vigor.

Notes: I think this is quite a bit hoppier in the bottle than on draft. Both are enjoyable, but this is much closer to the big hop monsters like Dreadnaught and Ruination when served from the bottle. Very tasty beer. Not for pregnant women or the faint of heart.

Thanks autumnaldave!

beerinator, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11-3-05...cheers to Goose Island for super fresh beer and clear bottle dating! 9% abv per the label. Pours from the bottle a vibrant golden orange with hints of amber and a creamy bubbly inch of head that lingers atop the brew. Fresh, citric, grapefruity, piney, spicy hops attack my nostrils as I near the top of the glass. A sweet crystalline caramelly backdrop works its way in. Imagine standing in a field of various hop vines...grabbing cones, rubbing them between your fingers and inhaling the green, resiny aromas. I really enjoy the hop profile here as it begs me to take that first sip.

First sip brings a brash wall of herbally resinous, citrus, piney, spicy hops. A nice melding of hops that are quite green. Malts work their way in nicely with a caramel sweet, slightly bready flavor. I get a touch of cotton candy on the way down. Well balanced between sweet malts and hoppy bitterness. A really tasty DIPA that does not fail to impress me...in my stomach only a mere 10 days after it was bottled. Finishes clean with a mellow lingering hoppy bitterness that just makes you want to come back for more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creaminess. I could see this being a little bit fuller in the mouthfeel but I'm just nit picking really. Steady carbonation is quite well placed. This brew goes down super easy and will delight any lover of the mighty hop. Brewed with Tettnang, Simcoe and Cascade per the label. I took Greg Hall's adivce and paired this with some gorgonzola which was quite a nice combination. This and the Bourbon County are my two favorites in the Reserve line so far...I'll be on the lookout for more. Well worth your time and effort to snag some of this. Kudos to everyone at Goose as well! Thanks to autumnaldave for the opportunity.

orbitalr0x, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot hue is crowned by a light off-white film. Big barleywine-like aroma with plenty of rich sweet malt backings to accompany the time mellowed various hops. Oldish apricot fruitiness is bathing in a maple sauce, oldish and not without madeira undertones. Well developed aging, displaying an excellent balance right now. The hops are mild, highly herbal and give an old english feel in their floral soapiness. The malt is chewy, almost smoky, port-like in its strong fruitiness. Oily texture, light carbonation. Splendid specimen which must have close to a year an a half I believe. Atypical and one of my favorites. Worth another round of thanks to my buddy Jeppe.

Rastacouere, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of silenius
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy glowing orange/yellow color with a nice fluffy off-white head that sheets down the glass like crazy. A beautiful beer.

Smell is more floral and lightly pine scented than citrus. Honeysuckle is in there with some other sweet smelling flowers backed up by a hint of pine.

Taste is very yummy. The more Goose Island beers I have, the more I understand that this brewery can really balance hop and malt flavors when they make hoppy brews. The sweet honey-like malt is nicely offset by the hop bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is great. It really slides down nicely and is carbonated to feel thick but not prickly.

Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

silenius, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy orange-gold, like bubbly honey. A healthy two fingers of white head swells then settles gradually to thin sculpted rills of foam. Splatters of lacing grace the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers an almost honey sweetness laced atop fresh sliced grapefruit. the malt lurks beneath with a hint of toffee, and a spicy, almost minty aura disperses at the close.

Upon sipping, the malt gives a sweet, caramel glimpse of itself before the perfume of pine and dry citrus hops holds strong sway. Toasted grain walks the middle, blurred a bit by a vague note of what seems to be anise, as well as a more strident tide of alcohol. Berries come out to play toward the end, as well as an earthy grain undertone and more hops resins. The finish comes with a fleeting tart impression quickly followed by a lingering dry hoppy bitterness. Overall, there's plenty going on, but it's not at all hard to sort out and enjoy very well.

A touch south of medium bodied, the elements blend to coat like a thin, savory oil, and a dry glow lingers to remember it all by.

Oh yes, some more Midwest hoppy happiness! Sure, there's some measure of balance, and the malt even makes somewhat of a name for itself, but here, the hops rule the roost. It's full and gutsy, and in spite of an obviously healthy ABV, if hops are your bees' knees, then you're going to want another, just as I did, and still do. This one's welcome in my DBF anytime, but it won't be there long before it's in my glass.
Thanks be to Jahred for bringing this one my way!

Foxman, May 21, 2004
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, hoppy bo boppy... no, wait a minute. An amazing and massively hoppy brew. I don't catch the citrus the others hove noticed at my tasting at the brewery, but maybe I've been through too many beers already. Lighter brown color than normal for an IPA, but that doesn't belie a big malt profile. That's all I got from a wild night of tasting at the Goose's Fulton St. brewery, but I got some bottles as a souvenir, so I can submit a fuller review later.

DrunkMcDermott, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of Boto
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ Goose Island Clybourne: This was another one that wasn't on the menu that the waitress told me about. This pours with a BIG frothy head. The color is a cloudy orangish one. The hop nose is strong, but not overpoweringly so. Hints of pine and mustiness to the nose. The taste has a citric sourness to it. The hops taste strong, but not overly bitter. Very Good!

Boto, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Then I got this, at first I thought it was a bottle of homebrew. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle with a plain white label with the words "Imperial IPA" hastily imprinted by some old dot-matrix printer, I was puzzled. The giveaway was the Goose Island cap and a quick beer-mail to CRJMellor, who really hooked me up with this tasty brew.
Poured into my trusty tasting glass, this I2PA had a translucent dark orange hue and a firm, compact vanilla colored head that never totally went away and left minor dots of lace behind. The nose was a pleasing balance of floral hops, grapefruit and spruce offset by the aromas of sugary caramel malts, navel oranges, and a touch of yeastiness. Also just a faint hint of phenolics.
The taste of this full, almost syrupy brew was, at the outset, quite sweet. Almost candy-like, with a caramel-dipped fruit flavor. The malt backbone was quite sturdy and had a bready character. Then the rush of citrus, first orange and then grapefruit rinds, washed over the palate. The flavor of resinous pine sap was prominant in the finish but not overbearing. The %ABV is unknown but if it's over 8.0%, it's very well concealed.
Overall, this was a real tasty imperial IPA. It's not as off-the-scale bitter as some of the bad-ass I2PA's but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Big thanks go out to CRJMellor for this preview of what I hope becomes a regular offering from Goose Island Beer Co.

Boilermaker88, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is hops and more hops, citrus and floral. A full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet and sort of stand up to all the hops. The hops are prominent, grapefruit, piney and floral, and are quite bitter. Touches of orange and peach, yet there is also some mustiness and leather as well. Very smooth taste, thick and syrupy. Kind of different for an Imperial IPA. Beer #1500 on my personal list. Hides the 9.2% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter, with a touch of floral hops

beerguy101, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pup poured out with a long-lasting lacy, cream colored head slowly settling over finely carbonated hazy light amber/golden liquid. The nose is a complex mixture of bready aromas, yeasty fruitiness, sweety-sweet malts and finally, flowery hoppiness. The taste is a blend of fruitiness and then the piney and resiny bold hoppiness takes the stage, making a great impression upon the palate. Malty sugar sweetness lend a depth of body to this brew...great hoppy burps too, I might add! Finishes both big and rich in the flavor department, long and balanced. Alcohol is pretty much cloaked by the other flavor attributes of this bad boy.

Thanks to CRJM for "sweet talking" the barmaid at Goose Island into selling him a couple of these beauties!

beerluvr, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange brown color, head dies down but leavea a great trail of lace. High alcohol content evident by the alcohol imprints on the sides of the glass. Aroma is highly hopped, heavy on the citrus and dark ruit malts (dates and figs)came to mind. Taste is sweet, yet bitter, subtle yet overpowering. Really good beer that I hope they bring out again. I would probably actually classify this as a barleywine.

CRJMellor, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a somewhat bemused orange to amber color with the head mountainous in size, frothy in texture and the color a winsome light tan as it slowly fades into the sunset the lace forms a thick and concealing sheet upon the glass. “WOO HOO”, hops, flowery and enticing, sweet malt behind, a real pleasure for the “Hop Heads” nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is brisk in its carbonation, but as one would expect the hops win the day, pleasing in their robust spiciness, tart and refreshing to the palate, very dry and lingering hop bitter aftertaste, a real treat for this “Old Hop Head”.

Gusler, Dec 04, 2003
Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.