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RATINGS: 4266   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute I.I.PA., "perhaps the best I.P.A. in America." An Imperial I.P.A. brewed to be savored from a snifter. A big beer with a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate. This beer is an excellent candidate for use with Randall The Enamel Animal! 90 ibu
Tasting Notes: Brandied fruitcake, raisiney, citrusy.
Food Pairing recommendations: Pork chops, beef, grilled fish, frites, focaccia, split pea soup, Stilton cheese & escargot.
Glassware recommendation: Snifter
Wine comparable: Sauvignon Blanc
In case you care... the average 12 oz. serving has 294 calories.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MammothMan (8) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 You’ve read the other more accomplished reviews; here’s a layman’s attempt to describe this IPA: Gin mixed with bitters. I swear it has the same juniper/corriander flavor of gin that lessens throughout the glass and gives way to the bitter IPA taste. Intensely interesting brew. Find it on tap for a unique experience.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Golden body, big creamy, frothy monster head. Good lacing. Aroma is hops, pine and citrus, along with a lot of caramel. Flavor is very sweet, decently hopped, but the sweetness completely overwhelms everything else. Astringent ice tea finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
had this on tap at the maproom. delicious!! i wish that i could get this beer in california.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2005
This is the best ipa that dogfish puts out it doesn’t have that overwheeming acholol flavor like the 120 and is better than the 60. great beer to drink and sit around with

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2005
This is a jewel. The body looks like liquid amber. No head on my pour. Kick back and sip away. There’s no way to gulp this down, which is fine because it gets better as it warms up. Refreshingly bitter all the way. But there’s this sweet maltiness as well to keep this interesting. The combination of hops makes this very complex. Something for everyone here: citrus, pine, grass. All lingering at the end. Dry, smooth finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Bottle: I swear to god I have rated this beer at least 3 times already and it’s getting lost. Weird. Well here goes... Copper amber colored, showing chill haze, with a medium white head that slowly recedes to a ring around the glass. In more recent years this ring seems to dies rather than stick to the glass. I’m not quite sure why. The taste is hops and plenty of ’em right from the get go. There’s citrus, grapefruit, pine and if fresh - grass/plant coming from the dry hopping. Multi-dimensional, this beer adds biscuit, grains, a hint of alcohol, and a slight sweet malt to the mix. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and bitter mouthfeel that cleanes that palate after every sip. Adding to the rating 10/11/05: On draught this is a different animal. Yeah randall is fun, but it takes away from the body and only adds a little to the aroma and flavor. Nope, this is best on draught, no randall. You really can’t ask for a better appearance, beautifully retained & thick head. Fresh on tap, the aroma is so fresh, crisp, and assertive with body and taste to match. I would give this at least a 4.5 for the draught version I had at the Gaithersburg location.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
I’m starting to like ipa’s more and more, this beer helps!! Poured somewhat cloudy orange. Beutiful glimmering foam head, good lacing!!! Has a odd but pleasing taste that has a slight kick to it, must be the 9%!! a pleasing beer that gets evil when it starts warming up...crazy good bitterness!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (706) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Big hop flavors but a surprisingly large amount of maltiness to back it up. There is a chewy sweetness that keeps the hops from overwhelming. For me this could be a session beer because it is that smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Appears a rich coppery orange with a 3 finger head that lasts. Plenty of thick white lacing sticks all over the goblet. Smell is of tons of orange and grapefruit citrus with sugary biscuity malts. Taste is f’in awesome. I love the balance of sugary biscuit and bitterness that works well together as a dynamic duo. Very resinous, sticky and sweet with no overkill. The mouthfeel is great. Sticky with nice carbonation. Drinkablitiy is awesome. I can’t think of anything to dislike about this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2005
To be honest, I don’t like IPAs, but this creature wasn’t too bad. It’s the best IPA I have ever had, which I suppose is not THAT much of a compliment, but in my own little way it is. The hops are huge and the citrusy flavor can seem overwhelmingly strong, but it covers up the alcohol taste quite well, so I will pick my battles wisely.


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