Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Leafer Madness Imperial Pale Ale

Type: Imperial Pale Ale
Origin: Ontario, OR
Price: $5 22oz (on sale)
9% ABV

I popped this bottle open after consuming a crab sandwich at El Pescador fish market on a 75 degree day during San Diego's brutal winter season. I must say, due to the refreshing weather and the fact that it was merely 1PM, this was a very difficult beer to finish. It is not for the meek.

It has an intense bitterness and strong alcohol presence, and yet manages to be pleasant enough to drink. It produced one of the most insane heads of foam I've ever seen. It was seriously as thick as marshmallows and it wouldn't subside one bit. It smells like malts with little hop aroma. Those malts come through and are nice and roasty, but they are quickly overpowered by a strong gritty bitterness. It then finishes off letting you know you are drinking a strong beer. I think its a good beer, but it might be better on a cold rainy night, and not a nice sunny day.

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