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20th Anniversary Imperial IPA by Anderson Valley Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
8.70 % ABV

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Review by SAP on 02/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 8 11 4 5 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, off-white colored head that . The beer is a clear, lightly red tinged, rich amber color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, richly red hued copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet citrus fruits, though it is a bit restrained for a Double IPA; notes of tangelo, kumquat, weak tangerine juice, and some tart star fruit. There is a touch of malt character here once you start to root around the nose; cracker like grain and perhaps a caramel at times is noticeable. The aroma really is a bit weak over all, though it is not bad.

The flavor is again extremely weak for a Double IPA, it has the hop character of a slightly hoppy Pale ale. It does have a bit more body than a Pale ale, though this is still drinkable; in fact this is one of the things they seem to have gotten right, as the body is pretty spot on for a Double IPA. This is of course hop dominated and the flavors remind me of washed out lychee, muted tangelo, orange juice as well as a vegetal hoppiness that really isn't very appealing. The malt is incredibly clean here, which is not unexpected with this polished beer and the malt is actually subtle like it should be despite the lack of overt hoppiness here. This has some bitterness to it, it is fairly solid, though not overly aggressive for the style.

This is just a very disappointing beer, the hop character needs to be multiplied by at least two times before it will be worth trying again (for me at least).

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Price: $5.75 Served In: Tulip

Review by Westside Threat on 03/17/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 15 3 7 2008
A: Sparkling clean brick copper color with a decent 1 inch off white head. So far so good.

S: Piney hops, caramel, cookie dough, skunk and a bit of grapefruit.

T: Begins with a lot of unbalanced bitterness all over the palate. Really malty, really doughy with a strong caramel presence. Alcohol mixes with the hops, giving it an almost minty persona at times. But the hops aren’t the main player here, it’s the malt. And the bitterness. Damn this beer is bitter. It hits every part of the tongue and doesn’t let go long after the swallow. So much hop oil it almost hurts the stomach. Finishes bitter, alcoholic and doughy.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel.

D: I bet there are a lot of people out there that will really like this beer. It’s a bit over the top for me, a bit too bitter. I don’t like flat and uncomplex bitterness…beers that are bitter just for the sake of being bitter. Still tasty though.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 03/10/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 16 3 7 2008
A- Very good looking brew. Dark, crystal clear copper color with a thick white head. Head fades into the brew leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S- First pour brings out a strong pine smell, really nice. As it settles down swirling it brings out sweet grassy aromas. Sweet caramel malts follow. Really pleasant to sit a smell.

T- Light piny hops blend with a nice malt flavor. Light grapefruit flavor there as well. Crisp bitter hop finish is nice and lets you know this is an IIPA.

M- Decent feel to it. Thick hops get borderline cloying.

O- A solid brew. Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn't keep pace with other top IIPA. If you want a hop fix, this will do it.

Price: $8.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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