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Imperial IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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very good

557 Ratings

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of a unique IPA, at Beer Bistro. More malty than hoppy though hops there an abundance. Orange colour, strange soapy aroma. Drinkable, lacey, not like any DIPA, more of a complex malt treat. Apparently 20 different malts used, and just a lot of West Coast hop.
Their regular DIPA Better than their 20th anniversary ale, this is a mellow DIPA, lots of malt profile and grapefruit taste clearly in aroma as well.Good drinkability though not in the top DIPA class.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:14:14 | More by Sammy
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange with a 2 puffy inch whitish-orange head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy swaths of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit and some pineapple, citrus zest, and malt aromas. Taste is of grapefruit/citrus fruits, citrus zest, and a malty brown sugar finish. The bitterness on this one is fairly mild but sticks around on the palate after each sip. This beer is crisp and slightly sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a nice balance between the hops and a nice brown sugar malty flavor. Almost like a very hoppy barleywine in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 01:04:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Electric apricot with a fine yeasty haze. Given what's in the bottom of the bottle, the beer should become significantly murky on future pours. The three finger crown is a looker. It's French vanilla in color, with small splashes of orange and lemon juice. It's also incredibly sticky and is plastering the glass with gobs of soon-to-be-crusty lace.

The aroma is semi-bright and citrus fruity, but is too subdued. It's hard for a DIPA to smell radiantly bright because of the leveling effect of all the malt. I'll go with almost exclusively pale malt and assorted American hops (that includes at least one of the 4-Cs). Anything more specific will require the taste buds.

20th Anniversary Imperial IPA commits a few of the cardinal sins of the DIPA style. First of all, there isn't anywhere near enough hoppiness. Bitterness isn't a problem (100 IBUs), but alpha acids don't get it done on their own. The whole purpose of hoppy beer is to taste the hops!

Second of all, the alcohol is too prominent and is a little too raw-edged and hot. I *might* be able to excuse it at an ABV of 10.7%, but 8.7%? Not a chance. That's pretty much it for the negatives, although those are some pretty big-ass negatives if you ask me. And you must have, since you're reading this review.

The beer may have started out a little on the cool side (estimated 55 degrees). It's hard to figure why breweries insist on recommending consumption temperatures for big beer that are way too low. This one is supposed to be served between 40 and 45 degrees. What the hell?! Hoppy beer that cold is bound to be excessively bitter. Having said all that, warming isn't doing much to help the flavor profile...

... which is made up of sugar cookies soaked in sugar syrup and grain alcohol, crushed aspirin and bitter orange peel. Age can't be a factor since the first review was just three months ago. Time is only going to make things worse since the hops will fade from barely present to gone without a trace.

The body/mouthfeel is quasi-chewy and heavyweight silky, without being gummy or sticky. Actually, it's right about where it should be for a beer of this style. A quiescent feel to the carbonation helps as well.

AVBC 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA has an impressive name, an impressive label and an impressive bottle cap. The contents of the bottle, though, leave more than a little to be desired. I hope this offering isn't a casualty of the hop shortage. Anderson Valley is capable of much better beer than this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 15:32:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I received this one as an extra in a trade recently, which was awesome, as I was going to go out and buy it this weekend, so that worked out well. I was excited to try it not only because it was an Anniversary edition, and an IIPA, but I have had pretty good luck with Anderson Valley in the past so let us see where this one will bring us. The pour was very nice with a deep rich amber color coming forward, lots of cloudiness and haze with even a touch of sediment rolling through on this one as well. A nice three finger high head of off white colored foam then rose up over the top and had some really nice staying power, really only coming down after a few minutes, and even then, it left behind a good amount of side glass lace in its wake. Overall a very nice looking big IPA.

The aroma was highly hopped as I would have expected, with rich deep notes of floral hops coming through very clearly here. Very nice well-rounded hop profile on the nose with hints of orange and tangerine mixed in with some nice sugary notes as well, really letting it pull itself up quite nicely. Definitely, a good amount of sweetness in there as it really was beginning to show nicely as it warmed up. The flavor followed through on this very nicely. Sometimes these big west coast IPA's can be a little too big, not in this case though, as this was very nicely done and really well balanced and put together. A good amount of floral hoppiness was evident on the first taste. A nice bit of orange and sweet tangerine like flavors delivering the first punch, but more sweet then bitter. A nice unfolding malt tone in the background, did not dominate, but assuredly, you could tell it was there. Really nice presence here all around with fresh aromatic flavors being the norm. Nice medium body and a super smooth feel. The carbonation was very well done, again nothing being over blown here. No hint of alcohol, which was nice and made this considerably smoother then it could have been. I easily polished off this bottle with dinner without much of an effort, which was really nice to be honest. I would have loved to have had more, as this was definitely a solid offering and a really nicely done brew.

Overall, I thought this was really well put together. Nothing mind blowing mind you, however really just well crafted and very well balanced big IPA. It had those sticky piney resin like moments though, do not get me wrong, however I just thought it was incredibly drinkable and really nice with dinner. There is no doubt I would go for this one again. A quality offering for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 11:15:55 | More by mikesgroove
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear golden amber color with a thin layer of head and some minimal carbonation and some lacing.

S: Very citrusy, mostly orange with plenty of sweet caramel malt. Maybe some pineapple as well.

T: Not much bitterness to this one, mostly the fruits mentioned above. Lots of sweetness from the fruit flavors and lots of maltiness, not what you would usually expect from a CA IIPA.

M: Good body, not any carbonation to speak of.

D: A good tasting beer and no huge flaws to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:34:43 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The crystal clear amber liquid is covered by an impressive head; the retention is good, as well, and it leaves some clumps of foam behind

Smell: Fairly balanced, with the sugary malts combining with the hops to produce a tropical fruit character

Taste: Very sweet, up front, with lots of sugary malt providing caramel flavors; initially, the tropical fruit elements of minty pineapple and citrus converge but by mid-palate, the beer gets very bitter, with the high alpha acids doing their thing; with the big malt character, however, the sweetness returns to provide a rather sticky finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; sticky and somewhat hot

Overall: I guess you could say that this is a balanced DIPA but as I prefer more hops and less sticky malts, it does not rank among my favorites of the style

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:28:23 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with some notes of citrusy hops and some floral undertones. Taste is also very well balance between bitter and citrus hops with some good floral notes and a very solid dry caramel malt backbone. Average body for the style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nothing extraordinary but solid take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 02:41:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I consider this brewery to be a master of the IPA's. This beer takes on a flavor profile that reminds me a lot of their Hop Ottin' IPA, but there's a lot more to it. The beer begins with a golden-rust color, and pours quite viscous with an unrelenting head formation and retention. Some haziness indicates the typical dry-hopping. Aromas are very plump and juicy with C-hops and perhaps a Willamette thrown in for a spicy, floral, piney note. Caramel malts give a lot of sweetness to the nose along with a strong alcoholic scent. Flavors of the malts come through with a less than fully attenuated sweetness that later weighs heavy. The hops are very sharp and citrusy, but delivering all the flavor that the nose promised. Flavors also take on a mineraly, salty, metalic note that is amplified by alcohols and hop bite-- a little astringent late. Textures are heavy, malty, and full but with some fusals going on. Do you lay it down and let the alcohols cool and risk loosing the hops? Tough call. The beer finishes with a long dry lingering with resiny hops and soft caramel flavors. A worthy Anniversary Ale but those alcohols and sweetness kinda get in the way.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 19:05:16 | More by BEERchitect
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright gold with a touch of orange. Nice white head and some lacing as it goes down. Nose brings forward a bit of sweet, bready malt as well as a good dose of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit with a bit of orange peel. Taste brings hops and a good dose of bitterness, but is just a bit off. Some malt in the background. A bit of booze in there as well, which affects both the taste and the mouthfeel. Seems overly such for a (relatively) low alcohol beer for the style. Drinks fairly well but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 12:02:03 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of citrus from the hops and has a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste and hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong, but isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because there is a good balance in the flavors between malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:57:21 | More by metter98
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, dark amber body with a medium-small, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: It's definitely not the ballsiest, most brash DIPA out there these days. Sweetish nose of pale malts with some slight hints of clover honey and basic bread team up with downright tame notes of florals and citrus and a saucer of booze.

Taste: Sweet thin coating of light caramel and honey atop a hefty pile of pale malted barley. Hint of golden raisin fruitiness. Pinch of spiciness and a modestly juicy, citrusy hop character with a medium-high level of bitterness plowing through the sweetness. Restrained floral undertones. Noted alcohol warmth on the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Ultimately, this one is simply just okay. It's a bit boozy, and lacking the vibrant hoppiness one would expect from such a celebratory brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 03:53:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight hazed peach color with a tight formed one finger white head that left some broken lace as it settled slowly,awesome aromas of citrus and underlying pine with some biscuit malt and alcohol showing through as well.T he flavors are bit heavy handed on the alcohol,it rears its head early and often,nice lemon and grapefruit hop flavors show through but its a battle with the alcohol.Its not a 'huge' beer but the alcohol is prevelent,in saying that its still a nice American DIPA from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 19:29:13 | More by oberon
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear amber-straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, caramel, powdered sugar, lime, strawberry, mango, kiwi, and light pine. The massive fruitiness came as a bit of a surprise to me, but it somehow worked out very well. The taste holds notes of pineapple, pine, light menthol, light-ish toffee, light biscuit, honey, light strawberry, honeydew, lime, light lemon zest, light mandarin orange syrup, and light grass. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and an almost syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice DIPA, one that really shows how you can make a fruity, hoppy brew without going overboard on the hops and maintaining a general balance throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 04:13:34 | More by TMoney2591
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle poured a somewhat hazy deep orange colored body beneath a full head of creamy off-white. Yeast is visible at the bottom of the glass so I wonder if I'd let it sit for longer, or maybe poured it more gently, it would be clear. To be honest, I don't really care. Cloudy beer is fine with me, and (bonus!) it's bottle conditioned. Anyway, the head retention is very good, and it leaves beautiful rings of creamy lace beneath thin curtains of Belgian lace at the outset of the glass. Beyond that, however, it lacks - which is a shame because a beer like this should really deliver more. Moving forward...

In the nose it's sweetish and floral, almost perfumey, and just lightly piney and citrusy. It's not as big as most "Imperial" IPA's, but it's good; and I appreciate that the malt comes through as well as the hops. No alcohol is noticeable, although there is a suggestion of it.

The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma suggests, and it's got the expected resinous character of a very hoppy beer, but beyond that it's pretty well tamed. Lots of pine comes out at first, and then some floral and mildly fruity notes. The biscuity and lightly caramelish malt underneath is clearly present, and it becomes part of the flavor experience rather than just acting as a spring-board for the hops. As you progress through the glass and it warms, the hops become more grassy and spicy, and it surprisingly exhibits very little of the citrus that most would expect of and American "Imperial" IPA. Unfortunately, some more of the alcohol shows as well.

As to drinkability, I look to the label for my answer - "for those wishing to savor high quality, flavorful and perfectly balanced beers" - I totally agree with that. Anderson Valley has always been about balanced beers, and this is no exception. It's not bombastic, but it IS balanced (considering it's an "Imperial" IPA). The hops are strong, and they do build on the palate, but they don't leave your palate blind after the first three or four sips. I enjoyed relaxing with a bottle of this, and finding it's greater breadth of character as it warmed. That would not have been possible tasting some of the other hop-bombs coming out of Cali. So, all in all, I found it pretty damned drinkable. I have one more bottle to enjoy, and I think I'll crack it open on the first really nice night of spring as the sun is going down and it's still warm with just a slight chill in the air coming in. And perhaps some Brie and toasty crackers might work as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 20:15:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber at BeerBistro.

This beer pours a hazy orangish-brown hue, with two fingers of foamy, creamy white head, which leaves a wall of lace around the glass as it slowly settles. It smells of bready caramel malt, and grapefruit hops. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, pine and blended citrus hops, and a bit of oily booze. The carbonation is on the low side, the body full, unctuous, and smooth, and it finishes consistent, the hops and toffee sweetness battling it out for Tokyo's fate to the end.

A nicely balanced IIPA, but still pretty big all around, with a touch of warming alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 21:42:17 | More by biboergosum
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial IPA, India Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville, Mendocino County, California, …"This IPA was first created in honor of our second decade as a brewer and purveyor of the finest ales in the world. This limited release, over-the-top brew is loaded with excessive amounts of malts to balance 20 separate additions of the finest Pacific Northwest hops to create the kind of product that made California craft ale famous." 8.7 % alc/vol.
"brewed from only the finest hops, malted barley, yeast, and pristine Boonville mineral water."

Well, isn't that something. Let's drink the damned thing.

Appearance: clear, bright crimson, fine layer of white foam rests above.

Aroma: deep and dank, strong, pungent, and hopperific. Tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange, with a herbaceous twist. Very lively. Mmm, liking.

Taste: Big hop bitterness on the palate, juicy malt, slight alcoholic sting, then some smoothness. Tasty, tasty smoothness. Velvety sleek till the bitter factor loads in, and deploys hop-tastic tasti-tude. Full flavoring, shining bright. Great, big bouncing bitterness, massive malt, not too hard to push past the palate.

Mmm-hmmm, I can dig on this. Floods the mouth with hoppy goodness. Yep, it works. Right on.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:50:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is fruity and sweet up front with a strong citrus flavor and some caramel in the background. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with an alcohol bite. The malt character is on the thin side for the style despite the sweetness. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a good beer but there are definitely several other 2IPA's that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 00:17:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New arrival around town, decent price, let's try it.

Into a pub pint this pours a nice glowing orange, an unfiltered honey gold, with bright clarity. It's sticky crown laces intricately on the glass. It retains an island of skim that rekindles easily after each pour.

Sweet candied orange aroma, caramel malt, resiny herbals are in the minority. The orange dominates, but it's not all that pungent.

Very smooth feel, not too sweet or heavy. Minor stickiness on the lips. Not all that bitter for a double IPA, lush with somewhat sweet fruitiness, and bigger caramel toffee notes from the malts. Some residual herbal hop bitterness in the aftertaste, that builds on itself after each sip. Orange peel, pine, toffee, and caramel form the core of this DIPA. Easy going, not "melt your face off" like some more abrasive examples of the style. Lower carbonation, and very well hidden ABV. Sipping this is nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 23:54:56 | More by emerge077
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, sampled a few months ago

Poured amber/caramel with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Some floaties, above average lacing & head retention

S: A bit of citrussy hops

T: Grapefruit & piney hops, plus fruiityness & breadyness up front. Some orange hops, leafy hops & apricots as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, some stickyness. The balance isn't there for me, I believe it involves the hop mix used

Drinks easy for the ABV, but not my cup of tea. I expected more from this brewery to be sure

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 05:25:32 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale and biscuit malts along with a piney hop aroma. The hops are present in the nose, but are drowned out with all the malt character. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that's huge with bread-like character and biscuity notes. The hops hit you up front with and carry on through to the finish. They are pronounced, yet the beer is incredibly balanced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking DIPA that a different take on the style. I prefer a more robust hop aroma in my DIPA's, but AV creates a lovely beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 20:47:08 | More by WesWes
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH signature glass for my pleasure. Beer is orange with a mild haze but is mostly clear.

Off white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, decent retention, moderate to low carbonation, Looks good

Aroma is a strong mixture of pine and grapefruit hops. Nice, me like.

Beer has a strong backbone behind it, which is good, but it intrudes on the hops which should always be the star of any decent IPA. Balance hop bitterness with hop flavor, not with malt backbone. That is always a mistake. This beer walks the line but trends toward malt in the end. The bitterness is there and the nice hop florals are there but in the end this is malty beer. not my favorite but worht a look.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:56:14 | More by drabmuh
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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, off-white colored head that . The beer is a clear, lightly red tinged, rich amber color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, richly red hued copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet citrus fruits, though it is a bit restrained for a Double IPA; notes of tangelo, kumquat, weak tangerine juice, and some tart star fruit. There is a touch of malt character here once you start to root around the nose; cracker like grain and perhaps a caramel at times is noticeable. The aroma really is a bit weak over all, though it is not bad.

The flavor is again extremely weak for a Double IPA, it has the hop character of a slightly hoppy Pale ale. It does have a bit more body than a Pale ale, though this is still drinkable; in fact this is one of the things they seem to have gotten right, as the body is pretty spot on for a Double IPA. This is of course hop dominated and the flavors remind me of washed out lychee, muted tangelo, orange juice as well as a vegetal hoppiness that really isn't very appealing. The malt is incredibly clean here, which is not unexpected with this polished beer and the malt is actually subtle like it should be despite the lack of overt hoppiness here. This has some bitterness to it, it is fairly solid, though not overly aggressive for the style.

This is just a very disappointing beer, the hop character needs to be multiplied by at least two times before it will be worth trying again (for me at least).

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 02:46:50 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured out pretty nice lookin with a golden color and a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer had a good citrusy hop aroma to it. The taste of the beer though I thought was a little in the weak side. I was surprised by how the smell was so good but the taste just wasn't there for me. The mouthfeel was pretty crisp and light. Overall just really bummed about the taste. Other than that it was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:21:08 | More by Knapp85
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle pours a brilliant orange copper color with a bright slightly off white head...leaves behind fine speckled lacing as it dwindles. Aroma has big citrus, earthy notes, with a floral edge to it as well. Basically hops all day, enough sugary malts to balance it out blends nicely with the hops. Flavor has a nice blend of sugary hops and juicy malts intertwined with hops, fantastic blend of big DIPA. They've been around for awhile, but this is their first DIPA, since I've been drinking their wares in the last ten years. Nice mix of malts and hops not overbearing in alcohol or any one aspect, a nice balanced drinkable DIPA. Mouthfeel is slightly resinous with a flowing blend of hops and malts in each sip. Overall I can't complain about this beer, big hops, nice blend, balanced brew for the people into big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 19:34:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dramatic head that recedes slowly and in a rocky fashion leaving copious amounts of chunky lace. Slightly hazy; orange amber colored liquid.

Mild aroma of lemon and berry. Really no hop. Some "fridge" smells also.

This is not a hop bomb IIPA. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of hop, but it doesn't cover up the pale and crystal malt flavors. While the alcohol is noticeable, it is not oily.

The only detraction is the lack of smell. Wonderful balance for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 20:59:22 | More by smcolw
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Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.