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RATINGS: 4559   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark gold with a full white head. Excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of citrus, pine, and floral notes. The taste is amazing. I was worried with the dry hopping that I would be overwhelmed with hops, but this beer has excellent balance. Donít get me wrong, my palate was blasted with hops by the time I was done, but this beer is very well put together. Excellent IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle dated 2/10/06. Pours a copper color with a light tan head. Citrus aroma and a sweet hoppy taste. Medium body with good slightly bitter finish. Great IPA!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Dark golden color. Thick head with slight retention. Loads of lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is all HOP OIL! Also some leafy hops follow with a smooth malt balance. Good spicy hop flavor. Really thick yet smooth feel. Easy to drink. I wish I could get enough of this to drink it all night. Thanks to Mike Brawley for carrying this gem!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2007 Re-rate, 7/07, after many experiences over the course of my consumption: Pours an amber to almost copper color, nice initial head for a beer of this ABV. Retention was weak, but lacing ok. The aroma was grapefruits, melons, other fruits, firm caramel and sweet malts. The flavor followed suit, definite bitterness, lots of citrus and grapefruit, touch of melons, yet balanced by a deceptively thinner than thick or sticky, yet flavorful malt presence. Odd that this thing never is sticky, nor is it hot, yet nicely malted and bittered overall. One of my favís among dIPAís. Great stuff, DFH. Original ratings: Ok, with each IPA I have, I become less and less overwhelmed by the hoppiness. I was bracing for the worst on this one, but it didnít overwhelm my tongue with hop happiness. Strong head (long lasting too) with a standard copper yellow appearance (great lacing). Nice piney and floral type taste over top of a decent malty base. Grapefruits were detectable, which is not surprising for the style. Carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass would made this a nice show in a heffeweizen glass (Bottle was as good, if not better, than the tap.) Re-rate: No detailed updates, but Iíve had this many times, and itís a fine dIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Pours with almost no head that disappears quickly. It has a real fruity smell with a hint of hops. Almost smells like apple juice! It has several diff flavors that Iíll attempt to explain.. Has a real nice bitter taste, not too much like a double IPA or something, with a slight fruity/sweet taste. Maybe more sweet than normal IPAs? Once it started to warm a little.. I tasted more bitterness. The level of alcohol in this one really kicks you in the butt if you donít drink it slow, which isnít a bad thing. Usually I think IPAs have a little to much bitterness... but I really enjoyed this one. If some of the hype drops and the price goes down.. Iíll probably buy this one again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - JUN 2, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Drank 5/24/06. Super clear, light copper. Sm. 1 cm. off-white head drops quickly to a thin layer of foam. Eventually makes a ring of foam that leaves OK lacing. Huge hop aroma. Big, fruity, piney hops. Little bit of sweetness. Aroma actually gets less strong as it warm, which is the opposite of other beers in my experience. Flavor - nice, high level of bitterness, but very nicely balanced by a big malt backbone. Really well balanced. Sweet as it hits your tongues. Then the bitterness kicks in. Some sweetness, a little bit of alcohol warmth, and a ton of hop flavor in the swallow - mostly piney, resiny, fruity hops - a little bit of floral. Palate - medium to full body. Not too much carb, a good amt. Bitterness helps balance the body. Perfect body for this beer / style. Tiny bit of dryness in the finish. Overall - Really nice IIPA. Really well balanced. Great aroma. Great flavor. If I had one complaint itís that itís a little too sweet. Iím sure my review is somewhat influenced by the hype surrounding this beer. Itís really good though and I look fwd. to many more tastings and re-reviews.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
Iím not a big IPA fan, but the balance of this brew makes it one of my favorites. Super hoppy, but with enough malt to smooth it over the tongue. Lots of alcohol in it, but totally unnoticeable. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMash (58) - North Tonowanda, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Amazing beer. Super hoppy, but balanced and not noticible alchohol. Large offwhite head, hoppy scent, delicious drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alcamp99 (72) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Typically IPAs are not my favorite, but this one will knock your socks off. Very well balanced hoppy finish that was not bitter. Settle for this one when you canít find the 120, and donít drive after you put one of these away.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Great IPA, very hoppy and flavorful. It was a pretty strong, as it is 9 percent, but definitely well balanced. This is a nice gem put out by dogfish head brewery.


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