Imperial IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA

Added by largadeer on 02-16-2008

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance> Dark golden, clear, light carbonation, not much lacing

Smell> Caramel. Oh my goodness!

Taste> Complex. Sweet, strong, hoppy bitterness, resiny smooth finish.

Mouthfeel> perfect

Drinkability> 5. We've bought several bottles since this tasting.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of jgap
4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of jsh420
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Nose: citrus, orange and grapefruit
Pours brilliant gold rocky 2” white head very fine to medium bubbles, lacy
Palate: Very citrusy hops throughout with background grapefruit rind over big biscuit body.
Creamy smooth, medium body to a shade above, medium to medium light carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of dan3099
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, can't go wrong with this IPA.
Well balanced.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 595 ratings