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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2009
22oz Bomber

Received this IIPA in a great, and still ongoing, trade with russpowell, thanks Russ! Conductor IIPA pours a really nice, fairly clear polished copper with random carbonation flowing to the surface. The pour brought about a healthy, craggy, and meringue-like off white head formed on the pour and never fully left. Incredible sheet lacing and drink lines are left after each sip.

Wow, I didn't expect so much hoppiness and I really like where it's at. The aroma shows big resinous qualities and pine needles right up front and lingering throughout. A little ash combines with some caramel maltiness to form the base although neither of which are very pronounced. I'm a fan of the resinous and forest like hoppiness in my IPAs. The more I smell this the more I like it!

Flavor follows the aroma pretty close. Big pinyness hits right away and slowly fades but lasts through the swallow leaving a tongue stomping bitterness. The caramel maltiness is there just enough to stop the hops from running wild but it barely holds on. There's a touch of clean alcohol on the finish which, instead of hurting the flavor, adds a little spiciness to the equation.

Good mouthfeel for an IIPA. The body is on the heavier side of medium but flows through effortlessly leaving a solid bitterness in its wake. Drier mouthfeel then most IIPAs which really help the hoppy bitterness shine.

This bomber is going down pretty easy tonight although one is all I need for the evening. It's a palate ruiner and I'd hate to waste another bomber on an already bruised up tongue.

This IIPA really surprised me. I expected to find something good but this was a bruiser. Good strong hopping like I love from my IIPAs. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again, that's for sure.

Reviewed: 4/27/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 07/10/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2008
Deep and solid ambery orange with a partial golden edging. Firm capping of a finger high sits well in its dusty ivory thick and bubbly foamyness. Lots of thinnly placed sheeting lace sticks all over the glass like rain on a dirty window.

Moderately juicy and fat(or is it phat) aroma of tropical goodness and hops. Pineapple gooey stuff from the underside of pineaplle upsidedown cake, mango slices, dark red grapes, and some twisted in bittering of well-rounded yet dullishly applied citrus of darker orangey things.

Whoa!... this grows on ya quickly as its hoppy warmth settles into the throat with a warm gooey tropical girth spiced with a wonderfully leveled orangey pithy bitterness. Its flavor profile is muted in a big malt ease and hop toned ooze of pleasing hop grease as it glides through each sip with glee. It gains way more perspective in its delicate hop complexity and warmth as it finishes with all sorts of warming tropical notes of orangey oils, mango jam, and slight woodish bite. This has a load on the finish which makes the easy front end seem so empty, its hard to put a number to, but its solid and impactful, perhaps not as complex or clean as I like out of Impy IPA but its well worth every sip due to its wonderfully ample drinkability and warmth.

Feel is very nice with fullish body and a slick gooeyness of malts laced with all sorts of tropical fruityness and spiked with big warming hop spices and smoothly lasting bitterness. Impressive finishing attributes as it warms the throat. The hoppy textures and tones get complexing as hell with a semi drying tropical bite and a load of warmth and bitterness that really sits for an amazing hopitude in your throat and gullet.

This has amazing drinkability! Very easy to down at first until the warmth and 8.5% catches ya, then it tends to sink in a bit slower for finishing off the bomber. But damn if this didn't hit the spot! Good stuff!

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 07/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2008
A - Pour produces a tan head that stands in at about one inch tall. Super dense, this foam is here to stay for a while. Body is a clean copper color with the occasionall bubble rapidly rising to the surface.

S - Rich and malty with caramel and butterscotch notes. Hops are big and bold, showcasing some bit sappy pine bitterness.

T - Flavor is much the same as the smell. Starts off with lots of sweet malt that makes up the backbone of this brew. Caramel and light toffee. Hops come in, and they are a little more varied than the smell hinted at. Some citrusy rind like hoppiness starts it off. Then it moves into the pine sap bitterness that was shown in the aroma.

M - Medium bodied. Might be a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is smooth.

Overall - As I said this could be a little thin for the style, it did do one thing for this beer. It makes it very drinkable. Between the lighter mouthfeel and the smooth, easy going carbonation, this one goes down very easily. Not in the top tier of DIPAs as this has no one thing that makes it stand out, but definitely worth checking out.

Served In: Tulip

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