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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

585 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 30
Gots: 27 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unusual foil finished label of a bear with antlers (!) drinking from a stream lends a quality novelty look to the bottle. Poured directly into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Translucent amber. Two finger thick white head dwindled slowly to a heavy surface foam film with fairly even lacing all the way down. Excellent so far!

s: mild sweet citrus, orangeish.

t: Citrus/resin hops with a lingering bitter finish.

m: On the heavier side of light to medium, but the bitterness hangs in, making the mouthfeel seem even heavier and not very smooth.

o: A decent high ABV medium to strongly hopped IPA. The hop bitterness really IS persistently bitter, with not much other distinctive flavor to distract or balance it out, although malt does gradually become more evident as it warms.

Not bad, but if I wanted to get knocked on my ass by a high ABV IPA, I'd still pick Double Jack or even Ruination -- unless price was even more of an object than it is, at which point AV IIPA at $2 a bottle might be an attractive alternative to DJ or Ruination at $3.50@.

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Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.