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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

572 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 28
Gots: 22 | 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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egoinski


5/5  rDev +30.9%

08-12-2012 15:04:06 | More by egoinski
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Lantern


5/5  rDev +30.9%

12-04-2011 05:47:49 | More by Lantern
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Kal

United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +30.9%

05-27-2014 18:50:16 | More by Kal
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jcanddr

California

5/5  rDev +30.9%

12-02-2011 23:09:47 | More by jcanddr
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kchannel9

California

4.97/5  rDev +30.1%

I love love love this beer. One of the finest possible, in my opinion. Perfect bridge of carbonation, smooth, sweet, bitter, malty. I feel blessed to taste this alchemical masterpiece, and would gladly choose this beer over almost any other IPA, well besides Maximus.

01-28-2012 08:20:29 | More by kchannel9
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1759Girl

California

4.8/5  rDev +25.7%

Appearance> Dark golden, clear, light carbonation, not much lacing

Smell> Caramel. Oh my goodness!

Taste> Complex. Sweet, strong, hoppy bitterness, resiny smooth finish.

Mouthfeel> perfect

Drinkability> 5. We've bought several bottles since this tasting.

05-21-2008 18:10:02 | More by 1759Girl
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jsh420

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

pours deep amber orange with a 2 finger head the leaves lacing all doen the glass

smells of pine citrus hops candy carmel malts and a little booze - very nice but not blow you away

taste however did blow me away - with all the uberhoppy beers in the market today its nice to taste one that is and does not forget to put in the malts as well - this beer is balanced to perfection

mouthfeel is perfect too - tickles the tongue at first and goes down so smooth and creamy

drinkability again perfect - i feel as though i did my good deed for the day by sharing this bomber

07-12-2010 03:04:21 | More by jsh420
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GratefulNole

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

05-24-2013 23:31:52 | More by GratefulNole
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jgap

California

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

I love IPAs and my palate has been conditioned accordingly. This is my favorite IPA and probably my favorite beer. It pours a nice amber with a huge frothy off-white head. Smell is grapefuit with some caramel sugars. Make that a lot of caramel. Taste is smooth and extremely well blended, lots of caramel malts fading to an easy hop bitterness. Hops are very, very well balanced with crisp malts. The bitterness actually complements the malt profile but neither commands the other. In this way it is, in my mind, a perfect balance between an english ipa and a hop-bomb American ipa. Edeptionally well developed taste yet very drinkable. I hope I can find another bottle!

03-31-2009 06:37:44 | More by jgap
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +21.7%

Pours a clean orange-ish color with yellow hints and an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and mango hops. In the taste, orange/ mango like citrus like hops and a small sweet to dry presence. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Hides the ABV and big west coast hops, I dig it!

12-16-2010 15:37:21 | More by OWSLEY069
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%

A: 1/3" cream coloured head that dissipated quickly. Amber colored beer that was slightly cloudy.

S: Pineapple and apple.

T: Hops, pineapple, apple and malt. Relatively strong hops at the start and a very clean and crisp finish with malt at the end.

M: Thick feeling, nice medium level of carbonation.

O: Very well balanced Imperial IPA. One of my favorite beers of all time.

06-07-2011 01:14:24 | More by DaftCaskBC
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

04-22-2012 19:49:43 | More by kevgod
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

A deep amber color, with touches of gold along the glass. A cream colored head sits atop, about a finger thick, lacing slowly. A surprisingly malty fragrance at first scent, then a strong citrus and pine fragrances take over and are dominant till the end. The malt makes chameo appearance at the front, and leaves very quickly. The hops soon take over to become the star attraction. That is where it comes in three stages grassy and green at the start, Then blending to a strong citrus, grapefruit flavor. Then it ends with an intense earthy and pine flavor. The palate is left dry, with the lingering flavor of hops, along with a tanin roughness left on the palate. Man, this is definately a hop bomb, with a shortage of hops out there as well. A spicy dish of jambalya goes very well with this beer.

11-09-2008 18:07:17 | More by cameraman
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-31-2011 17:33:29 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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taylorplaysmusic


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-19-2012 18:16:05 | More by taylorplaysmusic
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

04-19-2012 13:59:10 | More by yergermeister
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DasBoot2112

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-02-2013 04:03:32 | More by DasBoot2112
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-26-2012 18:05:46 | More by ejimhof
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-07-2012 02:04:59 | More by imyourhero21
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

10-22-2012 20:21:13 | More by sendbeer
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RXUYDC

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-28-2013 03:23:48 | More by RXUYDC
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-07-2012 23:41:36 | More by gleemonger
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Dray

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-06-2012 17:52:51 | More by Dray
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MacHeadBeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-13-2013 02:29:58 | More by MacHeadBeer
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wakajawaka76

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-30-2012 15:20:13 | More by wakajawaka76
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Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.