Imperial IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by ojiikun:
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Found just recenctly, so presumed to be the one and only 2008 vintage. No bottling date, though. Popped without fanfare and poured into a handy tulip. Body is medium-dark honey coloured with a very white head that has to be coaxed up before it returns to a fine, thin layer of bubbles and islands surrounded by a nice, hefty ring on the glass. Body has the slightest touch of haze to it.
Smell is slightly vinous and, of course, quite hoppy. Not so much piney but very fruity. Quite boozey with intersting notes like pomegranate and white raisins that's downright reminiscient of a dark belgian abbey. Bubblegum, like juicyfruit.
Taste is clean, dry, and just the tinies bit salty. Alphas are there, but not overwhelmingly. Whole presentation fades cleanly and quickly. Malt profile is just the light side of medium and is huge, like most of the AV brews. Yeast profile somehow reminds me of water crackers. Some spicy notes from the hops pop up as evergreen herbs like rosemary.
Mouthfeel is quite clean, though a bit watery, if you will. Carbonation is there, but just this side of sufficient. Still, no bad afterthoughts here. Booze makes no attempt to hide.
What a nice little IPA. The nose is the real star of this bottle, and the body has a bit of a difficult time living up to any sane expectations therefrom. Whole brew almost begs to be just a little bit more. Worth a taste, though.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2008 03:53:57 | More by ojiikun
More User Reviews:
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.