Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 4460   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Bottled 12/28/05: This beer pours a very unimpressive clear rusty brown. Not much in the way of aroma especially given the style and hop character. A mostly malty aroma with subdued hop scent. Not neccesarily bad just very unexpected. The hop character comes out more in the flavor but not as big as I like. It is well balanced and deep with the fruity malts but not particularly bright. The alchohol is well hidden and the body is full and creamy which is probably the best attribute of this imperial. It is very drinkable, which is always important, but for me hardly the best of the lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pik5el (53) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2006
A yummy 12-oz bottle. Boom! Now that’s got some flavor. Great color, amber and dark spun gold. Fruity hopness of aroma, quite pleasing.... Just begging you to come taste it. Hoppy taste, of course with an earthy smokiness. Almost like roasted almonds. Hoppy aftertaste. Good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1375) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 Very surprised with the taste. Almost had a roast taste to it, bitter finish, Floral aroma. Does not have the powerful hop taste you would expect. Has a good complexity to it creamy texture sweet initially, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Dark golden body with a beautiful one inch thick white head. Aroma is hugely hoppy. The taste surprised me. I expected an extension of the hoppy aroma, but I found it much more complex and subtle. The hops are there, but they are nicely balanced by a malty, vanilla sweetness. Palate is surprisingly smooth for an IPA. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with no freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a hazy copper golden with a small foamy white head that reduced to a thin foamy lacing. Needless to say, a big hop aroma, piney, citrusy and herbal, some hop oiliness, a buried bready maltiness and strong whiffs of a sweet, fruity alcohol. Good carbonation and a chewy, creamy medium to full bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. A nice big hop taste, herbal, piney, sour citrus and a slick hop oiliness, a rolling, relatively soft bitterness, earthy, a caramel breadiness towards the end and a mildly sweet finish with bitter hop and yeasty notes and a lingering alcohol burn on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2006
pretty good, nice hops, not too my style, I do enjoy ipas, but this ones got a weird after taste to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Pours a dark copper color. Little bit of head. Roasty barley aroma with a hint of hoppiness and smokiness. Well balanced beer with citrus bite, rounded off with sweet malt. Overall a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle, pours a clear ambar color with medium but lasting head. The first time i tried this was a long time ago, and it was to much for me. now that i am 21, my taste is much more refined, i like this beer much better. pungent, floral hoppy aroma, seductive. i’m not a huge fan of 2ipa’s but i really liked the flavor here. very hoppy, with a perfect balance of malts, for the style. earthy, floral flavors. easy to drink but a beer thats good to drink slow and savor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
divepatch (10) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
Pours to a wonderful color of amber with a small head. Great for an IPA, but unfortunately those are not my style. If found it to have an over abundance of hops with very little other flavour. The aftertaste is hard to disperse and not of the best flavour. But again, good for an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Pours a pristinely clear gold-orange hue with tons of bubbles racing to up to the thin creamy offwhite head. The bubbles continue throughout the beers life maintaing a nice head that leaves some considerable lacing. A very pretty beer the aroma is sweet but hoppy, but not exceptionally strong. In the mouth it is smooth but not thin, and a sweet maltiness to open is followed by the dominating hop bitterness that lingers in the mouth, for me just a little to aggressively. If not for the slight over tartness I would say this was exceptional, but it is definitely very good.

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