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RATINGS: 4574   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   IBU: 90   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Bottle. Fantastic IPA/Double/Imperial IPA. Very aromatic, and a nice taste of oranges and grapefruit.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2006
What a great beer. This is an excellent IPA that is plesantly aromatic as soon as you pour it into a sniffer. This most recent sampling was from the typical 12oz bottle. The pour is lively with a moderate head that gives way to an attractive clear orange hue. A heavy taste of orange and grapefruit grips you as you sip it but is balance nicely by the incredibly hoppy-ness of this beer. The finish is nice but slighty sappy but it still is not too overpowering. One of the best beers for your $.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Best IPA in my book. The flavor is present, yet not overwhelmingly bitter with grapefruit hops. Pours tawny golden in color with a decent head and some good lacing. A bit heavy mouthfeel, hence the imperial name I suppose. A good one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Strong resin aroma with grapefruit undertones and apple & pear in the background. Pours a crystal orange with a mostly diminishing head that leaves good lacing. The initial flavor is of sweet caramel malt balanced immediately by a rich floral hop bitterness. Both a candy sweet and bitter hop aftertaste. Great beer, my only complaint is the palete is a little too syrupy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 One of my absolute favorite beers. A highly-drinkable, wildely-available, well-hopped, well-balanced D/IIPA. Hops balanced with great sweet malts, alcohol doesn’t overwhelm. About $46 per case by me and thats tough to beat. Another winner from DFH!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (470) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2006
The aroma is a light hop with hints of herbs and grass, not real aromatic. The head is mostly diminishing, white and the body is a slight murky amber color. Very good lacing. The initial flavor is moderately bitter and the finish is a malty bitter that is average to above average in longevity. The body is medium, creamy with soft carbonation. A very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice amber with creamy white head.Sweet malt with citrus and hops evident.Well balanced with ample maltiness and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 A "drinkable" double IPA that is properly balanced. However, seems to have less aroma and hop aftertaste than some of the best IPAs like Bells Two Hearted, Victory Hop Devil or Founders Centennial. A bit too malt sweet v hop bitter. Bottom line: "Balanced" at the expense of bitter aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2006
This wins on aroma alone. I could live off the smell of this beer-- citrusy, sweet, floral, maybe a little grassy. Generous, quickly-dissipating white head on top of a crystal clear copper beer. Carbonation is spot on-- enough to give it life, but toned down enough to reveal the nuances. Big malty flavor, big hop flavor, but not overly complex-- this is an IPA after all, a beer for drinking. This fits right in between Dogfish Head’s 60 and 90 minute IPAs; bolder than the 60 minute, but easy enough on you that you can drink it during the week. Every time I drink it, I vividly remember the first time I tried it. The mark of a classic, no doubt about it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 The pour is very pale yet settles in the glass a clean, clear amber with apparent carbonation. Big fluffy white head like egg whipped egg whites. I am a great lover of the IPA’s and this Imperial Double is one of my favorites. Great beer from start to finish. Very strong hops presence in the aroma, a bit weed-like, musky. Feels thick, heavy with a syrup-y citrus flavor. Like chewing hops. Finishes a bit on the dry side.


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