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RATINGS: 4286   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Golden in color with a fairly large head. Smells ridiculously hoppy; citrus, fresh cut grass, the works. Taste does not fall short of expectations, appropriate level of bitterness. Surprisingly smooth, with a strong, mule-like alcohol kick in there. Me and my porch like this one on late afternoons.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Sweet with quite a degree of alcohol, sums it up. I would have to agree with rich, a little over rated.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Original rating: 8/11/05 - 7/3/9/4/18=4.1Clear yellow-orange pour, with an extremely creamy off-white head that laces fantastically. Medium-strong standard hops aroma, acerbic and cloying. Impressive! Flavor is so smooth and silky, with fantastic symmetry in the flavor profile and a complex blossom of hop and malt notes. Absolutely delicious, I wish I could drink this for days on end. Complex blend of cream, wheat, malt, brown sugar, grapefruit, floral, and light almonds. Palate is very sweet and sticky, making you want for more. Chewy, with a very strong texture. Fantastic. More drinkable than most IIPAs Iíve had. Rerate - 12 Oz Bottle - 6/3/6/2/13=3.0 What the hell was I thinking? This is terrible. Aroma is a stagnant cesspool of catty hop flesh and decaying ferns. There are some bright spots with a little candied resin. Pour is acceptable with a burnished gold afroth with white. Flavor is immediately sapifying. Theres too much sugar from the get go. Cats climb into bed with caramelized raisins. Lots of stinky residuals, greased with high gravity yeast by-products. Filtering removes probably any intrigue. Theres a creamy softness, likely derived only from excessive malt content. It doesnít approach the warm breadiness from hop construction in good examples. Palate is downright sticky. Theres a creeping ugly plant bitterness in the backend. Combine that quality with excess sugars and I left a third of a glass at the bar. Iím glad to see my tastes have improved. New score is composite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4275) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2005
Cask@GBBF, 05. Pale beer with a dry and sweet aroma and a syrupy flavour with a dry finish. Overall an over rated beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8258) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2005
Cask, GBBF 05. Hazy orange/gold with a small head. Aromas are very floral, spicy pine hops with palma violet sweets and spices oranges. Sweet with quite a degree of alcohol. Flavours are sweet and malty for starters, followed by lots of hops pine and spiced oranges. Also, some orange pith bitterness with warming alcohol on the finish. Had quarter of a pint and that was enough for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Copper, Aggressive, alcohol bite, very hoppy... obviously, complex, piney, citrusy, herbal spiciness. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Bottle. Deep orange color with little head. Intense but well balanced hop nose-- lots of grapefruit and floweriness but also a fair amount of malt sweetness, pine tar, and alcohol. Flavor is very well balanced with lots of hops citrus acidity and bitterness, a hefty sweet malt middle, and a tacky, tangy hop/ alcohol aftertaste. Consistently impresses me, just a really fine treat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2005. An amber orange coloured beer with a massive hop aroma featuring lots of grapefruit character. The taste is lovely and hoppy. Plenty of citrus hops - grapefruits, oranges and satsumas. Full of flavour and for me better than the Ruination.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3894) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
On tap at GBBF 05. Superb aroma of the most inviting hops Iíve ever smelt. Still looking, oily gold beer. Big, booming tasty beer. Dry hops, juicy, jammy with rosehip. Smooth and flavoursome, all the way through. Iím with harrisoni in calling this as my fave brew of the fest.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14015) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Cask at GBBF 2005. My beer of the festival. Never had anything from Dogfish before, so I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Slightly cloudy dark copper/orange colour. Slight herb on the intensely hoppy slightly metallic aroma. This is just a huge rollercoaster of a beer. Superb. Good citric lime flavour mixed in with the hoppy finish. I could still taste this in my mouth the day after (4.5) Cask at GBBF 2006. The hop aroma is just so wonderful. Fresh hops, grapefruit and golden syrup flavours. (4.8) Cask at GBBF 08. This is one of my favourites and I looked forward to it for 2 years, so I had it twice on the day it came on before it ran out. Just so drinkable for a 9% beer, it’s untrue. 4.6/5


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