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Imperial IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

563 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA

(Beer added by: largadeer on 02-16-2008)
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jsapunor

California

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For some reason I haven't tried a lot of Anderson Valley offerings but, since it's the season for Imperial IPA's I decided to give this one a try.

It pours a very nice gold with a moderate head that leaves some lacing down the glass.

The aroma is very malty with the alcohol right up front. The taste reveals this to be more on the malt side than hoppy. Sweet caramel, toffee and alcohol dominate. There are some hops here but malt what you'll taste. It's almost like some barley wines I've enjoyed. Although the mouthfeel is a little thin it doesn't detract from the overall good qualities of this beer. It dances around on your tongue and leaves a nice malt calling card.

Anderson's creation is on the opposite end of the Imperial IPA spectrum from Pliny or Ruination but if you like malty Imperial IPA's you would do yourself a favor to try this one.

It reminds me of a slightly less civilized Hercules. No doubt, I will have another in my refrigerator after my next beer run.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:22:49 | More by jsapunor
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Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.