Imperial IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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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
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.
Drinkability> 5. We've bought several bottles since this tasting.
05-21-2008 18:10:02 | More by 1759Girl
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
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
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
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
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
Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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