My second beer from Hop Valley Brewing that I grabbed on a recent trip to Vermont. With a brewery name like Hop Valley you expect them to know how to use hops and make quality IPAs and DIPAs. First beer was their Citrus Mistress which I enjoyed and now moving on to their Imperial IPA which comes in at a solid 9% ABV.
Appearance is pretty typical of a big IPA with a nice orange color and solid off white head. The beer is crystal clear and you can see the tiny bubbles of carbonation floating to the top. The aroma was a little more subtle than I expected but there still is plenty of citrus and pine. Taste starts with a fair amount of bitterness then the citrus hops come in, finished with a slight taste of alcohol but not bad for a 9% beer.
Overall quite pleased with the first two offerings from Hop Valley and would love to go to the brewery and taste these beers super fresh.
Pros: Solid DIPA, minimal alcohol taste for the ABV
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 100
Brewers Website: Hop Valley Brewing
Brewers Description: Big flavor, intense pine and citrus aroma. We keep the malt profile clean in this imperial IPA to let the love lights shine on the fine Oregon hops.