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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

566 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | 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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ojiikun

Washington

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
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Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.