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Review by tavernjef on 02/22/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2011
Brightly coppered orange with light sided amber highlights at the bottom. Gorgeous crown of medium thick off-white foam that sits like cake frosting on top. Hardly moving, very slowly leaking off some its might to keep a big skim always present and lots of melted ice cream lacing.

Aroma has a nice leafy fresh, woody hop tone to it with a smallish bready malt backing and some slight peached and darker orange tones of citrus.

Taste is extravagantly woven with a tapestry of hoppy stuff that's all very leveled off and easy to take in. Tamingly bready and dryish, with a honey butter glaze in its sweeter side that gets it started. Nothing over the top here, balanced well with a mild citrusy girth that grows pretty big as it sinks into the finish with lots of dark orangey bitterness. Notes to pith and peel, rind and pits, of lemon, peach, and white grapefruit. Also some bits of wood and floral leafyness emerge late in the bittering trails.

Well balanced sweetness at the front in a bold, crisp, nearly full body then birthing a good amount of hoppy bitterness as it delivers its spanking of hops on the palate.

A very solid Impy IPA that SN has unleashed here. I like 'em a little sweeter then this, but this is still nice to savor. But given the higher price tag of $9 for a strange 1 pint 8 oz stubby looking bomber bottle, it is something to savor and take your time with, which isn't hard given the 10.4% sits in quickly.

Served In: Pint Glass