GarrettB (1096) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Long ago, before all that historic riff-raff of kings and ninjas, mankind laid down its first challenge. In its primitive wisdom it chose as its opponent the new and verdant heavy weight champion: nature. And since that obscure era of antiquity we have come to blows with this ethereal titan more times than we can count. This might explain the cultural fascination with the hardy farmer. Though a poor man, the tiller of soil goes on from day to day, raising grain from the ground, striking it down again and consuming it. Itís feral, in a way, but completely instinctual. See him, arms flanking a compassionate breast, wrenching nature by the root to feed his family. Watch him toil under grim conditions to fetch a dayís meal.
It is not shocking then, that even today we admire this so-called vanguard of humanity. The land tillers and cultivators live on the forefront of this battle and reside on the skirts of society. Weíve done much to acknowledge the pastoral warrior; propaganda posters, trade laws and gushing movies. But by God itís about time we had a beer for it too. A exhaustively written story of manís struggle with nature would be both trite and exhaustingly long, so instead I urge you to pick up a bottle of Dogfish Headís Imperial IPA. Everything about this beer symbolizes that calm skirmish that doggedly continues in the field. The color is a jaw-dropping gold, like lambent cluster of candles in a monastery, clear enough to see the world (now your world) through a most distinguished lens. You have a view into the palace of Midas, everything from the sofa to the refrigerator is an intense gold. Move closer, and youíll begin to inhale a cavalcade of grains and hops; an intense burst of the IPA signature hopsiness that mellows into a colorful flowery fragrance, and finally whispers away with the slightest tease of pumpkin. Closer still and youíll take the stuff to your lips. The inexperienced palate will reel for a moment due in part to strong carbonation and a fist full of hops. The hops then lunges for the back of the mouth while a dry, biscuity flavor loiters on the front of the tongue. Then comes the prolonged aftertaste, a toasty coating around the mouth and down the throat. Admittedly itís a ďharshĒ beer. Iím almost inclined to liken it to being lashed on the tongue with a bundle of grains. The 90 Minute Imperial IPA is a beer that represents that age old deadlock, that symbolizes manís foolhardy attempt to subdue nature, and that simulates the plight of that humbly glorious man of the field.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper color, diminishing head. Extremely bright. Aroma is strongly perfumey and flowery - with sweeter smelling flowers as well as some oddball marigolds. Fairly resinous as well, presumably the simcoe, with mild citrus (orange). Also, an aroma that I can only describe as urine, which unfortunately I find consistently aligned with Amarillo hops. Has an explosive amount of hops flavor, lifted out of your nostrils by the ethanol, which is not very apparent. Apparent bitterness is actually quite low, nestled in heaps of barley sugar. Warming, slightly chewy finish. This is very drinkable for such a big beer. Nicely done, overall.
joergen (21509) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, thanks to Renť for sharing.
Clear amber coloured with a huge off white head.
Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and hops.
Sweet flavour of hops, caramel, pine needles and hops.
Micro13Brew (12) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This IPA had a nice nose but somewhat bitter for my tastes. It was a nice drink but not one of my favorites from Dogfish.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful color: a dark and cloudy deep copper. Moderate, off white head that lingers; good lacing. Extremely lively carbonation, which i was not expecting. Smell is quite malty, with a definate aroma of fruit. Thick and oily; explodes in the mouth. Fresh and hoppy, but not overly so. Actually tastes slightly sweet and fruity. Well balanced, maybe too much so. Hard to tell this baby is clocking in at 9% abv. Good, but hardly the best imperial IPA; itís just not the hop-explosion youíd expect from a brew of this style.
jrob21 (2673) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well carbonated golden beer. Smells delicious, like a cherry lifesaver. Hoppy but not overpowering. Nice malty caramel flavor. Damn I love this brewer.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Clear, golden, large off-white head. Aroma of mild sweet malts and surprisingly mild C-hops, apricots. Flavour is malty, with a decent mouthfeel and not very bitter. Caramel. Nice, but NOT an Imperial IPA, way too few hops. Very slight astringency, lingering grapefruit in the aftertaste. This is good beer, but way outside the style of double IPA that Iíve become accustomed to. Also, for 9% alcohol, this is very smooth stuff. All said, though, it is just too sweet and not hoppy enough for me when I want Double IPA.
sweetnlow (19) - Hudson, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful dark amber color, mildly floral nose, and spicy hoppy flavor contribute to the appeal of this beer. Dogfish Head likes to experiment, but they have this one down pat.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber color with a frothy white head. Excellent spicy hops aroma with grapefruit dominating and a hint of honey. Great full flavor with a huge hop taste and supurb malt balance. Citrus fruits are abundant along with a good woody taste. Has just the right amout of sweetness to balance the bitter hops. Very smooth and creamy on the palate and leaves a tasty dry finish that is both sweet and bitter. Fantastic beer.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 12oz bottle, poured into an english pint. Golden/orange in color. Hoppy piney aroma. Very hoppy taste. I think that with all that hops, somehow it comes off well balanced. Just pretty straight-forward, hoppy ale.