Imperial IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by jzeilinger:
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pours a translucent, honey amber color with no head, mild lacing, and a mild amount of carbonation. Smells of biscuity caramel and orange citrus. Some floral notes vaguely come through and you really have to concentrate to pick it out. For a big D-IPA, the aroma isn't overly big as you would expect.
Taste is caramel biscuit sweetness on the tip of the tongue which stays intact as an underlying backbone for the entire sip. There's a massive amount of hops in this beer and it's going to need a strong support of malts to keep the hops from getting overly "unruly", with lack of a better word. There's a floral citrus hoppiness that is pretty even throughout the entire sip, in fact, the balance between the hops and malts is just about as perfect as it gets, nothing overpowers the other.
This is a heavier bodied beer (on the medium end of the spectrum), is a little chewy for a D-IPA, and finishes dry to semi-dry. There's also a slight metallic-like finish gradually after the sip. This is also a very FILLING beer which is why I can't have more than one of these.
Usually, when I call something low in drinkability I'm referring to either a high ABV or something that doesn't taste overly good, this bad boy is just plain filling. I hated this beer the first time I tried it because I was expecting a massive amount of hop bitterness, but never expected this much malt either. 20 hops is impressive but then again, to keep all those hops in check you need alot of sugary backbone, so is more actually better? I'd rather see Anderson Valley dial back the amount of hops and malts, still keep it bitter, but would make it less filling. This is pretty much bread on a platter (in a tastey way). This got the award for the Best Double IPA at the U.S. Open Beer Championship in 2009. I think what kills this beer the most (in my own opinion), is that more aroma is needed and the fact that it's so darn filling. From the judges perspective, I can see why they liked it, it's as balanced as a D-IPA gets. However, for a hop junky, it leaves us wanting more in the taste.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2010 22:42:05 | More by jzeilinger
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3.69/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a golden yellow color with a two finger foamy white head.
Aroma is bready, malty, caramel, toffee.
Flavor is much milder than the aroma. Malty but you get a good hop bitterness with a lingering flavor is apple and citrus.
You can't taste the alcohol but you can tell its a heavy hitter beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2013 22:22:53 | More by zookerman182
Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.