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Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sleazo on 02-23-2007

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by HotHabanero:
Photo of HotHabanero
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl. bottle: Pours with a deep golden, cloudy body with a very nice white and medium lasting head. Aroma of herbal hops, grass and malt. The flavour is of caramel, malt and sour berries. Medium bodiedGood bitter finish. Yet an enjoyable beer from Wintercoat.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer in a little store between Bethel and Sunday River. The beer was a clear golden color with a thick, meringue-like off-white head that proved to be very sticky. Very sweet, floral aroma, as well as some citrus. Initially, the sweet malt came through in the taste, then the hops kicked in, pine and grapefruit. A well-balanced, creamy, DIPA.

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, caramel color, huge head

Smell: pine, sugar, and hops dominate the nose

Taste: hops, brown sugar, and caramel

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet with a bitter middle

Drinkability: An excellent brew. Very sweet but you do not lose the hops flavor from a double IPA. If it was not for the high ABV I could drink several

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta. I've been eyeing these bottles at Green's and was glad to get to try one on-tap.

Pours an amberish-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sharp citrus aromas with hints of peach. Pine smells also waft out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but there's more of an earthy quality to the flavors. The citrus flavors are front and center, still with hints of peach. Backing the fruit flavors are sweet malts that border on being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is alright. The carbonation is a bit much though it still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good - I could have at least one more of these beers trying to pinpoint all of the flavors.

Overall this was a very interesting beer, and though it's not one that I'd order on a regular basis it makes me even more interested in their other offerings.

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Photo of rnm410
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rating beers are hard, it's a relative scale!! And unless, if you've had them all, you could never be certain.

First is the citrus(y) hops, without the forward bitterness, followed by a cheesy sour yeast. Overall the beer is sweet. This is a truly unique blend of properties, one would have to taste it to know it. The pour is beautiful, the head is thick, off white, but not plentiful. The best is light cannot penetrate this beer, this one has SOUL!!

The only downfall, just as I was beginning to enjoy, the bottle came to an end. It wasn't love at first sip, but one you grow with.

From Peace and an Empty Glass,

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, tasty DIPA on-tap at The Ginger Man. Great orange appearance with soapy white head. Very creamy mouthfeel, with orange taste.Also kvas-like taste to it. Well integrated bitterness and malting. Dry finish, well carbonated.Another Danish brewer to notice.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brasserie V, Friday lunch spot

paired with a veggie quiche and greens

appearance: served in a small chalice - bright/hazy orange body, light off-white head

smell: strongly hopped, spicy yeast, citrus - orange, grapefruit

taste: Very interesting - starts very hoppy with a huge citrus punch, then comes the yeast and tons of belgian sugar and kind of a spicy finish. Scandanavia knows what's up.

mouthfeel: piercing hops, strong alcohol, spicy finish

drinkability: ok

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma features some malt with fruity esters, citrus a light spiciness and floral hops.

T- The taste starts out with some malt and a peppery spiciness with some citrus and grapefruit from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good body and carbonation.

D- I'm really enjoying this beer. The alcohol limits the drinkability a little bit but it is surprisingly drinkable. Overall, this is a solid beer that is recommended!

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.09/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a tumbler.

A cloudy burnt brown/yellow head is presented sitting on an orange/brownish murky looking body. The head falls slowly leaving some decent lacing, but this body color doesn't really do it for me.

Oh dear god... what is going on with that bouquet? Seriously are you messing with me? Strangely first sour orange and acidic, mealy, then the aroma that takes over and doesn't go away... are you screwing with me? This is cheese. Big time, I am talking goat cheese, pungent, blue fungus bent, borderline Stilton strong. I love cheese. I do not want my beer to SMELL like it.

Taste brings the weirdness. Good lord are you messing with me? Goaty and not a barnyard saison funky way either I am talking goat cheese, fungus bent blue cheese, mold, MILDEW, seriously overpowering EVERYTHING in my palate, I am talking you want to spread this on a cracker cheese. Where is the hops, malt, ANYTHING that would resemble... I dunno a Double IPA??? I'll give it a good body and feel that's for sure, it feels like goat cheese in a bottle. Good lord give me some other TASTE anything I beg you, and I could actually have some fun here!

Overall this is one of the biggest, most giant WTF beers I have had in my life. I am not sure what the hell happened here, but that cheese bent is ridiculously DOMINANT. As I said before, I love good cheese, I buy goat cheese and pungent bent cheeses all the time often from all over. But this is not fun or enjoyable to me at all to drink a liquid form, it's borderline almost undrinkable... serious pass for me, unless maybe matching with a plate of cheeses so I couldn't tell the difference. Giant skip this.

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Photo of peabody
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly cloudy amber orange with lots of white foamy suds. Lacing around the tulip happens pretty quickly.
Smell is lemony pine and grapefruit. Love the smell of this one.
Taste is quite refreshing for an 8%er. You can't taste the alcohol or smell it for that matter. I get a cold clear sweet malt with just the slightest hint of orange and grapefruit. While it is a little watery it is in on way dirty like some other beers.
Mouthfeel is bland though. Not much going on here. It is just a clean watery wash with just a hint of alcohol in your chest. They are good about hiding their alcohol here.
This is a very easy drinking brew and I bet it would sneak up on you if you weren't careful.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-draft for Beer Geek Week at the Capital Ale House, Midlothian location.

A: Served in an unmarked, appropriate, standard tulip A clean golden amber with a hint of haze. Creamy, finger-five head. Retention is fabulous.

S: Some lighter floral and herbal aromas with a rather sharp citrus scent.

T: An earthy citrus, more of an orange rind. A bit of maltiness that I don't usually expect from a double hopped brew as they are typically pretty buried in the mix... that's an American trend, though. That's not to say the hops are at all muted - this is still a hopbomb.

M: Rather sharp carbonation, followed by a sensation of the beer vapourizing in the mouth and then finishing off with a little bit of a sticky residue.

D: One that can be nursed for a good while, it's a decently done brew. When it comes to the style, the Americans tend to have a found a niche, though - at least for my palate. Still a nicely done IPA, and one I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange-yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of tangerines are present in the nose along with notes of yeast and hints of funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of orange and tangerine citrus along with a light amount of associated bitterness from the hops and notes of yeast and funk towards the finish. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed extremely light-bodied compared to other Imperial IPAs and seemed to be more like a cross between an IPA, Saison, and Wild Ale.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a slightly brownish amber color, and was surprising clear for being cask ale. This beer has a wonderful fruity hop aroma with plenty of malt sweetness as well. Citrus hops seem to be at the forefront of the aroma, but I also detect some interesting berry like aromas. The flavor is very similar to the aroma in that it has a citrus hop character with grapefruit and orange zest, but faintly in the background I am also picking up what seems to be blueberry or blackberry flavors. Very interesting and quite delicious. Strong caramel malt backbone that seems perfectly balanced with a very smooth bitterness. This beer also has a definite earthy quality that comes out in the finish. Medium body with a nice balanced finish. I could drink many of these, and was shocked to find out it is 8% so be careful. This is a beer that I would seek out to have again.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 1/2 pint glass at Three Floyds 7/1/08.

A: Served a hazy glowing peach color with a puffy/creamy off-white head. This one left a lacy mess behind on the inside of the glass.

S: Strange dirty, moldy citrus. Funky and very earthy. Not bad, mind you, just different.

T: Pretty simple flavors of sweet citrus and toasted malt. Not much of the odd aroma bleeds through to the taste here.

M: Sweet and oily with a slight hint of hoppy bitterness.

D: All in all, this is pretty good. I did expect a much larger hop presence given that the name of the beer is "Double Hop". I'd like to try this sucker in the bottle to contrast and compare...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/15/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with citrus, caramelized malts and not as much hops as most in the style.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel and then a strong & pale hops bitterness comes in quickly. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while if you want the 2IPA taste with a less intense hops bite.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on cask at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden/light amber with orange highlights, with virtually no head and just an off-white ring around the top. Scant lacing.

Smells like fresh squeezed orange juice, lemon zest and pine needles. Some bready malts linger in the background.

Tastes like orange juice and fresh biscuits. The malts and hops are very well balanced, and the alcohol well hidden. The hops come through a little bit stronger in the finish, with a moderately dry, grapefruity finish. Not as big on the hops as I would expect for the style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Great drinkability, as the cask pour makes it incredibly smooth

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Photo of Roeters
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden color with a light foamy head

S: light citrus smell of hops

T: Starts tasting almost like blue cheese bitterness, followed with a grape fruit citrus taste. Completely wonderful, great IPA

M: Good mouthfeel as it foams up in side the mouth

D: This is a good beer, but it would not something that you would want to sit down and have more then one or two of, it is too much to drink very many in a sitting.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of rich off-white head.

Aroma of pine and floral hops, caramel malts, white pepper, earthiness, and bread.

The taste is bright with lemon zest, baby aspirin, caramel malts, and floral and light spice. Each sip is followed by a bready finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a pretty sharp carbonation.

I'd been eyeing this one in the store for a while before finally taking the plunge. I'm very glad I did. This one is well-balanced and quite tasty.

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Photo of smithdc33
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 750ml of this while watching the Hokies beat the Hurricanes. Poured into a tulip glass. I'd never heard of the beer but picked it up at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg a couple of weeks ago, so I had no expectations for it.

Pour revealed an orange colored beer with a little bit of haze to it. The smell was surprisingly mild for my expectations given the style of beer. The citrus hop smell was there, though a bit subdued. The hop taste matched the smell--a bit more subtle than I might have expected. There is definitely a great deal of citrus hop flavor--mainly orange--that had just a touch of funk to it, though it didn't seem like it was the yeasty flavor you'd expect from Brett. It's a light-to-medium bodied beer with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. All in all a pretty drinkable beer, but alittle disappointing for what was supposed to be a Belgian style IPA. But still a very good beer.

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Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at coles april 10/09.

pours crystal clear bright copper orange with a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. intense citrus and pine. grapefruit. orange peel. bit of tangerine. light alcohol. cracker and white bread. bit of earthy and almost smokey character hiding in the background.

taste is good. the smoke that was hiding in the aroma is out in force now. hickory smoked ham with citrus glaze. orange and tangerine marmalade. bit of grapefruit. light alcohol. medium bitterness level. multi-grain bread. cracker. light caramel. the smoke is odd and unexpected for the style, but it works.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is good. balanced. the smoke adds a neat new dimension that i didn't mind at all. interesting and something i'd definitely try again.

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Photo of hopdog
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle acquired in trade with SoLan (thanks!).

This one poured all head (I mean all head). Took a little bit and settled into a medium and hazy golden color. Aromas of grass, floral hops, wet hay bales, and some spiciness. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and lighter grassiness. Flater and thinner body.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a nice looking orange color with decent head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some orange and light citrus aroma. The beer has very pleasant flavors of cherry, madarin orange, citrus, and some light bitterness in the finish. The beer is medium bodied and is pretty drinkable. There's some underlying sweetness and alcohol, but it's not obtrusive. Pretty well balanced IPA.

Nice beer. I wouldn't go out of my way to search it out, but it's a nice enough beer. Not exactly what I think of as a DIPA.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at CCB at the Whole Foods cask shindig.

It is possible that this brew I am reviewing was treated with a Whisky- or Scotch-barrel conditioning, because it tastes like Jameson or something smoky-alcoholic.

A - It pours a copper hazy hue, unsurprising considering its cask, with a little patch of foam.

S - I detect some smoke and booze and an unusual hop profile or combination immediately. Sweet amber malt and booze then become apparent, with the booze still carrying a smoky essence.

T -The flavor is strongly booze, particularly Scotch. The malt is sweet, but it is tamed by the smoky liquor flavor which even supersedes a dynamically pungent but outgunned citric-centric hop. The hop has some serious bitterness, but the flavor dynamics seem subtle in comparison to the alcohol. Still, I find this to be a good and enjoyable beer. Strong and way out of balance; rife with unusual flavor, but still pleasant enough in a rugged sort of way.

M - The cask flatness is perhaps responsible for the overwhelming lingering of the booze. I'm not sure if that's bad or good.

D - Like it or hate it. Not good enough to be love it or hate it. I like it.

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Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber/orange, really nice colour, insane thick white head forms, drops to a thick layer, lots of spiral lacing on the glass, good retention, really nice looking. Smell is good, big and hoppy, grapefruit, floral, oranges, pine, alcohol, caramel, very malty but very hoppy, good range of hop aroma. Taste is big as well, very intense herbal hoppiness, grapefruit, sweet caramel and biscuity middle, spicy alcohol, sherry, lots of hoppiness, very intense bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down. This is a hoppy bastard, unbalanced in a good way.

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