SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber with a great white head that is very strong. smells of stron acidic, citrusy fruits ( lemons and oranges) the taste is very dry and bitter, with some astringency to it.
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is like the 60-minute IPAís bigger, badder older brother...Extremely hoppy and citrusy, with a strong strong alcohol taste. This beer has one of the finest hop tastes that I can recall.
(Had in bottle at Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria Va)
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Starts off with a dense, creamy head, dark copper color, and a vibrant hops aroma. Very bright and crisp with fantastic bitterness and a sweet edge. Light mouth feel with a quick finish, very clean and refreshing. Has a high but very well balanced, practically hidden, alcohol character.
aklewis100 (2) - USA - APR 10, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís good, but a little to bitter to be an IPA. Seems more like an ESB. I would drink it again.
openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper color with thin head. Lots of flavor, but bitterness is well balanced. I like this a lot.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A literal "bouquet" of floral hops rise from this terrific beer. Has a murky, rusty-amber body with lively carbonation and a dense, rocky, cream-colored head. Wonderful lacing held on like whipped egg whites. Heavy, perfumed, flowery aromas along with pine and citrus notes. Similar flavor that started with a moderate maltiness and a hop presence that burned my lips. Much more flavorful and aromatic at room temperature than chilled.
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ben1843 (6) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is, quite simply, the best IPA which I have ever had. Unlike the 60 minute, there is not a huge head and also has a great taste. It is very drinkable and does not give that bloated feeling which so many IPAs do.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is definitely the strongest IPA Iíve tasted. Aroma is a friendly sort of malt, but the taste kicks in quickly with strong citrus notes and a woody undertone, followed by a strong bitter finish. I donít know if Iíd do more than one per night, but this is a powerful and complex IPA. I want to splurge soon on the 120.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, about 9 months old.
This beer is murrr-ky. Very cloudy, nice burnt orange color, with a head full of crowded tiny bubbles that last all the way down.
Aroma is surprisingly malty for a beer that bills itself as a hop monster. It IS hoppy - but also maltier than Iíd have suspected. Iíd say itís a little less sweet than some of the other DIPAís Iíve had (think Stoudtís), but it strikes me as a little on the astringent and harsh side.
The alcohol is well hidden in this; probably wouldnít guess it was 9%.
This is good - very good - but I think the 60 Minute is even better, especially on cask. In fact, it really makes me want to try the 90 on tap/cask, and see if itís a little more balanced. I should say that this bottle, which was aged somewhat, was, in fact, more balanced and subtler than the fresh stuff I had last July.
rafalski (6) - annandale, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
nice aroma, smooth malty fihish, mellow head with long lasting finish. an outstanding imperial ipa. one of a kind.