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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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Aftermath Imperial IPAAftermath Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2003

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of johnnyminor
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hreb
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hale's Aftermath, simply labeled an India Pale Ale -- drink fresh. Buds and leaves impose on the front of the label of this 22oz bottle dated 02.01.17. Beer is cloudy pale orange and brings an oldschool IPA aroma. This reminds me very much of an East coast IPA, actually. Big, full bodied, and flavorful, but not without some sweetness. The website claims 100+ IBUs at 8.1% ABV, so you better believe there's some residual sugar here. By recent West coast standards this could be an blonde Imperial Red Ale and I'd love it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bringing those darker than average ipa colors, a darker amber. Clarity is not a strong suit. 1/2" off white head. Aroma was mostly alcohol. Not impressed.

Jeez, the alcohol just keeps coming in waves, becoming the dominant aspect of the beer. Hops seem only used for bittering. Straddles the line between barleywine, dipa and strong ale. Just doesnt do anything special or particularly good here.

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Photo of BorisNorris
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mpenning13
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of snaotheus
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. I haven't given Hale's another shot since I gave up on them a few years ago due to the ever present metallic flavor to their beers -- every beer, every time, every format, every location (including the brewery).

Pours murky tan color with a medium pale head, fades slowly, makes little curtains as it fades. Smell is bright, sweet, hoppy, a little yeast to give it a slightly bready impression.

Taste is grapefruit rind hops, grapefruit rind hops, grapefruit rind hops, and some malty sweetness. There is a very slight metallicness coming through, but I'll chalk that up to personal prejudice.

Mouthfeel is nice. Chewy without being overpowering. Overall, it's a pretty good beer, but even for a DIPA, it's overbalanced toward the hops.

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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.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Kevin79
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Briken
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you're never been to Hale's Brewery, it's a must-go. I've never walked into an establishment where beers are brewed and experienced such a wonderful cornucopia of fresh-grain smells. It makes the whole dining experience particularly satisfying.

As for this entry into the Hale's line, it's not my favorite. I'm a huge hop-head, so on that note Aftermath satisfies. However this brew has a lingering puckering bitterness, almost list that of an ESB, that I can't shake.

Decent beer, but one I won't seek out again...

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium orange-amber color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing.

This beer had a very nice piney hop aroma and a trace of maltiness was in the background. The flavors were very similar, pine hops blended with a noticeable malt foundation and a bit of a sweet finish.

The body was very good, thicker and more full than most of the style. Drinkability was pretty good, a little better than average for the style, mostly due to the fuller body. Overall, a decent, if unspectacular, example of the style. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep orangish color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Lots of pine, grapefruit on the nose

T: Wow. Big pine, orange peel, grapefruit, heavy caramel at times, sharp booze. Me likey.

M: Caramel, lots of flavor, booze, medium body

D: Good

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

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an orange tinge and a half inch head of bone. Plenty of torn lacework throughout the glass along with a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with a mix of crushed pine and grapefruit with chewy malt. Shades of caramel, toffee, and figs under a repressed hop nose. Definately lacking the hop blast found in great IIPA's.

Medium bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Gummy.

Heavy pine with grapefruit under leads off the palate. Quite pithy and resinous with plenty of alpha-laced bitterness. A good dose of malt and caramel tries to balance but just adds some sweetness which I feel detracts in the style.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness riding below a somewhat rough attack of pine-smashed grapefruit and chewy malt. A slight burn on the throat from some fusels as well.

Tasty enough and plenty of points for the onslaught of hops on the palate, but the nose is meek and the hopping in general could use some complexity and finesse. A bit of heat helps the beer lean in a more Barleywine-type direction.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of KJH
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purs a dark straw withsome cloudiness and a thich head. The aroma is pure hops and very desirable to any hophead.

This beer goes down very well at the beginning, strong hops with some malt, but becomes almost astringent at the end. The alcohol in this bottle was very detectable and unlike any other bottle of Aftermath I have tasted.

This beer is execellent and should be on any hop[head's list but this batch did not mask its alcohol very well.

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Photo of erikm25
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip. This is a heavy and fuzzy molten orange lava. Pillowy cream colored head. Retention is moderate. Lacing leaves tiny bubbles pasted around the glass. Sits in the glass a tangerine tinted sludge.

S: Big juiced up hops aromas. Pungent herbal mint and lemon zest. Grapefruit and pine sharpness with slight cherry sweetness towards the back. As it warms there are more pronounced cararmel candy and watermelon bubblegum smells.

T: Much like the smell the taste here is a flavorful juicy hops blast. Tropical fruit goodness. Sugary citrus and ginger spiced peaches. Buttery orange roundness with a sprig of spearmint. Relatively strong ABV that stays hidden behind the numbing hops.

M: Creamy and rich with decent carbonation.

D: This was a very solid IIPA and easily the best I have tried, so far, from this exceptional brewery. Went well with the new Valhall album Red Planet.

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Photo of kraven
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beer have to knock down the dinkabilty cos its so strong and as much as i love great ale, i can only drink so much. This of course is not a negative since i can always drink this again later, strong beer is not a bad thing, its just not a session ale (unless you can really hold your own).

smelt great, tasted even better. Had the pleasure of tallking to the master brewer at a beer event at the FrontDoor in boise ID. Wife didnt like the beer, but she is learning to enjoy ipas.

A great beer, you must try

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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.

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Aftermath Imperial IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 55 ratings
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