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RATINGS: 4564   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
12 oz. bottle thanks to xproudfoot. Bright amber pour with a smallish head. Aromas were mostly hoppy with some bright fruits. citrus too. Hints of caramel, but mostly hops. Malts came through better on the flavor, but still the hops wins out in the end. Very hoppy very bitter, very good. Thanks Chris

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 12 oz. bottle. Plenty of hops. Not quite enough malts to balance it out I thought. Also, this seemed a little bit thin to me. Still not a bad beer, but not nearly as good as I was expecting it to be.
Original Rating: 8/4/7/3/15

Re-Rate: On tap at Radio Maria in Champaign. Hazy dark amber/orange pour into a tulip glass. Small white head dissipated to a thin layer that stayed on the top of the beer. Big citrusy, piney hop aroma with a similarly big presence of sweet dried fruits from the malt. Flavor was similar to the aroma. Lots of orange and mandarin hops backed by a huge malt base. Really excellent stuff. Very well balanced, easily drinkable. Glad I revisited this one!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Wonderful fruity aroma. Clear, sparkling pour with a thin head that prduces that wonderul aroma. Nice feel in the mouth - very smooth with a medium body. I was looking for the strong bitter hops taste to hit the back of my tongue on the swallow - but instead I got a lovely, soft, citrus rush mixed with a plesant hoppiness. Very smooth -very clean aftertaste. My full recommendation - a superb beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Liquid carmel gold with aquarium bubbles. Nose is coffee and lemone with a piney alcohol. Flavour is deep with orange and lemon citrus, pine, a thin coco powder. Finishes with roast, bitter and chewy of carmel malts. Hedonically bliss.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
1000Routers (3) - St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2006 does not count
From the very first whiff when you open the bottle you can tell that this is a true craft brew. The color is a hint of gold with a nice head. The aromas are Citrus, Hops, Fruit, and Malt. The taste is beyond full body, but not over powering, the hops run the full range from a strong bitter that fades fast to a lingering flowery sent on the back of your tongue The malt makes a showing as well with a full body splash the coats your mouth and slowly fades to a nice sweet ending. As it warms up it presents all new flavor characteristics, even a raisin/apricot flavor make an appearance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Amber/copper color with thin white head and good lacing. Very nice hop/citrus/fruit aroma. Flavor was of hops, but also present was a fruity taste (DFH seems to like the fruity taste) giving a mild to moderate sweetness that I didn’t expect. Overall a good beer, easy to drinkand with a good alcohol punch that you don’t even taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Poured a slightlt redish golden color and had a decent white head. You could definitely taste the nice sharp hops in this one with some other spice and fuit thrown in there as well. Excellent lacing on the glass as well. For still not being a huge fan of IPAs, this one is great.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2006
12. oz bottle... this is one of my fav IPAs. DFH rules... My new DFH snifter is perfect for this one. The flavor is a great spicy herbal hop flavor that only dfh could create. Yummy.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. This one is wonderful. a hop-heads dream (which i am). just enough alcohol flavor, just enough bitterness, just enough aftertaste. will be a tough one to top.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Slightly clouded golden-orange, large and long lasting white head. Pine tree and fruity nose. That’s one fruity IPA. Tangerines, grapefruit, oranges, etc. Very sweet. Juicy hops. As with too many high abv IPAs, the alcohol kills the hops bitterness. Oily body and medium-soft carbonation. Not my favourite Imperial IPA but nonetheless a beer I’d like to have as often as something I shouldn’t mention here. On tap at Dieu Du Ciel (special importation).


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