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Aftermath Imperial IPA - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Aftermath Imperial IPAAftermath Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2003)
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Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy orange amber with big foamy sandy tan head and good retention and lacing. Subdued pine and hints of citrus sweetness. Bold pine and citrus hops upfront balanced quickly by a big malt backbone with a surprisingly nearly clean finish... at first. A relatively light bitter linger and warming alcohol... at first. Creamy and thick feel.

This is an easy drinking DIPA with strong hops and good balancing malts. At least that's what I was going to say about this one. About halfway through this lived up to it's name with an increasingly alcoholic aftermath. I was surprised to see this was only 8.5% considering it tasted like liquor by the end. I guess if you can't hide the alcohol just go with it. I like a good warmingly alcoholic beer but this just drowned out all the flavor and any enjoyment of drinking it. It was kind of funny watching how many times I dropped the scores I thought it should receive. Bonus points for an appropriate name but the aftermath to my tastebuds was too much to take.

Bfarr, Feb 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep burtn orange with a light haze to it with 1/2 inch sticky white head that left an impreesive amount of lace as it settled.Very citrusy,tropical fruit aromas some underlying pineas well pretty fresh and bold.The flavors are a bit more piney than in the aroma and quite resiny the fruit aspects are in the background here,there is a very noticable big doughy malt bas that shows thru alot.Nice chewey mouthfeel very full but glides down easily,very solid DIPA not over the top and not to bitter.I wouldnt pass one up if offered,quite nice.

oberon, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This big beer is a deep, dark, thick orange in color which seems to promise a huge malty character. The head is gigantic and left some large, foamy pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – The sharp PacNW hops are big here. The pine is humongous as are the floral notes. Not to be outdone, there’s a huge creamy toffee and caramel profile as well.

Taste – The beer loses a bit of its complexity at the taste. The pine resin is the only hop left standing, and the giant caramel takes over completely.

Mouthfeel – This is almost a full-bodied ale. It is very slick in the mouth with a dry finish.

Drinkability – We don’t get a lot of malty IPAs out here, but this one was a meal in itself.

RoyalT, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a rusty, orange color, with a two finger beige head that stays around for awhile. Attractive, patchy lacing covers most of the glass as the contents dwindle.
Aroma has a huge, Cascades hop presence with pine, grapefruit, grass, and lemonrind getting your initial attention. Softer notes of orange, and some caramel malt are noticed in the background.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy for a double IPA, and active carbonation and a Cascades hop bite sting the tongue.
Tatse is an initial explosion of fresh westcoast hops, as the palate is coated with pine, lemonrind, grapefruit, and hay. Sweet, caramel malt comes to the rescue midway through, to provide a welcome balance to the westcoast hops circus.
This is an excellent westcoast imperial IPA, and it's difficult to believe this has a 8.5% abv. Pleasantly drinkable, and highly recommended for lovers of this style.

merlin48, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear and quite deep honey color. Aggressive pouring yielded a frothy bone-white head that sadly died far too quickly. Modest lacing of the glass. Aromas are subdued, with a high dose of sweet malt balacing out the citrus hop profile. Flavor didn't WOW me at all. I have a hard time calling this an Imperial IPA. Malts and hops combine for a tasty flavor, but certainly not in the realm of Imperial. Initally sweet, followed by a citrusy/orange rush, finishing with a dry and bitter finish that was long-lasting. ABV for this one is very well-hidden. Mouthfeel is also on the thin side for the style. More of a plain-jane West-Coast IPA in my book. Drinkable? Yes. Don't get me wrong. This is a good beer. It's just that for hop heads wanting to blow out their palate for the evening, there are quite a few Imperial Impy's out there better suited for the task at hand.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was taken back by the darker appearance. Dark amber. Almost murky. Alcohol in the aroma.

Strong alcohol profile, dominates any detection of fresh hop presence. Really disappointed when a fresh hop beer doesn't taste like hops, much less fresh ones. The beer isn't a total waste, still enjoyable, was more akin to the strong ale style I thought though. Bitterness sure, heft yeah, but wasn't what I signed up for.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange golden hue with an off white cream head leaves heavy specks of lacing, nice. Aroma: Orange citrus hop profile alcohol infused sweetness seems like it has some English malt influences close to a strong English style barleywines hop profile. Taste: Sharp sugary sweetness bitterness comes through without much cohesion, hoppy beer very nice pine cones and whole flower hops big beer full flavor won't disappoint anyone here however compared to other big IPAs of this nature I think it lacks some balance. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied even carbonation slightly chewy big texture. Drinkability: Too many other better IPAs across the spectrum to search this one out but if you happen to see it don't pass it up good beer.

WVbeergeek, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -21.9%

richkrull, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to skyhand for this brew. I love trying new DIPAs.
Pours a cloudy orange gold with a very small head that disappears immediately.
Aroma is pure fresh green grass hops to me. Fresh, bright, and clean...and very, very green.
Flavors are all about the hops in here. Lots of Amarillo I would guess. Flavors taste very clean, bright, and fresh...lots of pine...lots of citrus peel....nothing tastes more than a half hour old...litterally...flavors and scents are like you would experience immediately upon cutting into a pine or peeling a citrus fruit.
Very VERY cleansing on the palette and very thirst quenching.
Hmmmm....I think I really REALLY like this one.
This DIPA is clean, bright, refreshing, and has no hint of the alcohol behind it. I could definitely drink this one til the lights go out.
If this really comes in at anywhere near 8.5%, heaven and reincarnation has been bottled for the first time. I want more...LOTS more.
Thanks Kim.

IntriqKen, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of shrek806
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I havent officially reviewed a lot of beers, but this beer put me in the mood tonight. I poured this 22oz bomber (courtesy of Knordstrom)in a tulip glass. Poured a beautiful amber orange with a 1/2 inch frothy head of tight tiny bubbles. the bubbles stuck to the side creating excellent lacing. smelled of citrus probably grapefruit and orange with a floral undertone. tastes like heaved. A citrus hop explosion. the mouthful was lively and a smooth swallow with that tingle from the alcohol and hops left at the end, zero alcohol burn or bitter aftertaste (surprisingly!). This is a highly drinkable beer if you dig hopbombs like I do. Cheers to Hale's on this one. Hope to try again real soon.

shrek806, Dec 19, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Kevlee722, May 28, 2013
Photo of avylover
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out clear & golden. A good frothy cream colored head sits on top. Aroma is not all that complex, but good & hoppy. Lots of pine & citrous hop aromas coming through, with some bready malt way in the background. Taste starts off with a smooth almost tropical fruity hop flavor. Orange rind, mangos, apricots are all here. This gives way to a harsh alcohol bite and some bready malt. The taste of alcohol ruins this otherwise great IPA. Not crazy bitter, which is nice, but this brew just seems to lack some of the depth other big IPA's i've tried have. Slick mouthfeel, but not very drinkable though due to that harsh vodka bite.

avylover, Feb 22, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazed glowing amber nectar with a very thin head that still manages to deposit lace to the glassware.
Aroma has a hearty dose of heavy citric hops and a big dose of resin.
Flavor of sweet orange citrus, resiny hop oils and almost a hemp-like taste that hides any malt profile.
Mouthfeel is hyper-sweet, in fact seems too sweet and not cut by much bitterness at all. Doesn't quite work for me.
Drinkability is simply OK due to the one-dimensional sweetness. just too much to fully enjoy a bomber of this.

Thanks to Skyhand for this bottle

CRJMellor, Sep 02, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz picked up earlier this week at the Coop for about $6... poured into my New Belgium snifter... Brenda took a little and really liked it.

Very aggressive pour produced a seemingly modest 2 finger head that dies back leaving spotty sticky lacing.. Brew is hazy orange copper.

Aroma is pithy citrus hops.. smells juicy... not much malt to speak of... some sweetness for sure but is blown out of the water by the hops.

Not as bitter as some more well known ideas... but Holy Hoppy from early to late palate.. there is plenty of sweetness... but again.. it is all the hops from front to back. Body is on the thicker side for the style... oily and viscous... somehow it remains balanced for a PNW DIPA. I am going to dial back the drinkability a smidge just because of the thickness... I would have preferred Brenda to take a little bit more.

A pretty good value for a pretty good DIPA.. I will certainly buy again.

JohnGalt1, Jun 21, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

st9647v3, May 08, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the 22 ounce brown bottle a golden orange color with a delightful white and creamy head that evaporates slowly, leaving a nice covering of lace to coat the glass. Start has a powerful hop aroma with sweet malt to back it up, top is light to moderate in its feel. Finish is saturated with hop spiciness, dry and somewhat sweet, moderately acidic, and a real treat for us “Hop Heads”.

Gusler, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of meathookjones
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 22oz bomber poured out a very hazy amber body with about an inch of white foam head. The head died rather quickly leaving some sticky lace around the glass. Sweet malt had a large part in the aroma, as it was almost the focus almost being more dominant than the hops. There were floral and citric hops present in the nose as well but not in the abundance that you would expect form an Imperial IPA. Definitely not a huge hoppy flavor either, very balance and at time more sweet than bitter. There were notes of grapefruit and a slight alcohol burn accompanying the sweet malt. Imperial IPA is not exactly what I would call this, it seems really lacking in the hoppiness. Mouthfeel was about medium and the drinkability was only hurt by the sweetness. Not a bad beer by any means but not one I would go to for a hop fix as Imperial/DIPA’s usually are.

meathookjones, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Braz, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden-copper color with a nice beige head but low carbonation eventually kills it (a bit flat). Pine-spruce hop aroma and flavor dominates with little malt character to balance A bit too bitter in aroma and flavor; resiny. Medium-full bodied with a bitter finish.

Not one I'd buy again ... not a style I'm fond of but have to try every beer once.

Purchased: 12/19/03 ('03' Emb on bottom)
Tasted: 07/27/04

($3.99 / 22 oz. bottle)

RBorsato, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of Kevin79
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Kevin79, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pint Defiance today.

The beer pours a golden amber color, with very good head retention and decent lacing. The nsoe is prototypical DIPA, as I pick up considerable dry citrus, some pine, and some noticeable sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with the hoppy bitterness clearly winning out in this aggressively hopped DIPA. The sweet malt struck me as a bit much, but the hoppy bitterness was more than sufficient to counter and balance that sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish, which ultimately dried out the sweet malt. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not over the top boozy in this well crafted DIPA.

A nice enough DIPA, but I'll still take the regular supergoose given a choice.

John_M, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy amber with a medium size off-white head, and good lacing.

smell of light grapefruit, some caramel, earth, a touch of citrus, and a touch of pine.

taste is thick, grapefruit hops, citrus, a touch of sweet malt, some caramel, and some pine, ends bitter, and dry.

froghop, May 30, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a thick, creamy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and bisquit malts. It has a mild hop aroma, but nothing like most Imperial IPA's. The taste is average. It has a dull malt bill along with an even duller hop addition. It's bitter, but nothing special. It has a breadlike malty flavor that goes down easy and warms on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This beer was a real dud. It's not terrible, but it needs some work. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Kopfschuss, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/16/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no date stamp. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Caramel- golden color. 1/2 inch head with medium to light lacing.

Smell- Strong tropical fruit, almost sryupy scent. A bit sugary as well. Maybe a canned peach or pineapple smell.

Taste- One of the most bitter DIPA's I've had. Pretty smooth with a heavy tropical fruit hop flavor. A bit of malt as well.

Mouthfeel- Slightly higher carbonation.

Drinkability- Very bitter for a DIPA, but overall tastes pretty good.

GClarkage, Oct 17, 2005
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Aftermath Imperial IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.