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14C Imperial IPA

Average Score 41 / 50
Scored by 2 People

Score Sheet #1 - Judged by a National judge and scored 38

Judge: Andy Weigel (
Judge Qualification: Rank Pending
Entry ID: 65577999
Style: 14C Imperial IPA
Beer Info:
Descriptors: Alcoholic
Bottle Inspection: All Good
Bottle Comments:

Very low amount of light biscuity, crackery and bready malt aroma that is soundly dominated by a high amount of juicy tropical fruit hop aroma - pineapple is the most dominate, mango, passion fruit and grape fruit. Medium amount of honey-like sweetness peaks thru the hop assault. Lows whisps of sweet alcohol poke thru as the sample warms.
11 / 12

Deep gold with copper highlights. Brilliant clarity. Medium-low amount of slightly off-white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass.
3 / 3

Low amount of biscuit and cracker-like malt foundation that is, again, soundly dominated by a high amount of hop flavor and a moderately high amount of hop bitterness. Hop flavor is similar to the aroma - pineapple, passion fruit and mango. Moderately high amount of alcohol sweetness. Balance is soundly toward the hops, but there is a moderately high amount of residual sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. As sample warms a dill, garlic, onion-like hop flavor pokes thru just a little bit.
14 / 20

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth, bordering on hot. Low creaminess with a medium amount of astringency - both hops and alcohol derived.
4 / 5

Overall an excellent example of the style. There is just a touch too much honey-like sweetness present in the flavor that makes it seem just a little bit too far to the sweet side for the style. The alcohol present is approaching hot. With just a touch less alcohol, this could really be a 42+ point beer.
6 / 10

Total Score: 38 / 50

Style Accuracy: 3 / 5
Technical Merit: 3 / 5
Intangibles: 4 / 5

Score Sheet #2 - Judged by a Grand Master judge and scored 44

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Judge rank: Grand Master

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