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RATINGS: 4426   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Had this on-tap in a pint at BJís Boulder. Beer pours a hazy dark orange color with a small, creamy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is thick with wonderful things: light malty notes of roasted grain, cookie and caramel; heavily hoppy with notes of flowers, herbs, sweet, fresh apricot and resin/pine; lightly yeasty with notes of sunny barnyard; and miscellaneous notes of honey, peaches and vanilla. The flavor was moderately sweet, heavily bitter and ended with an average-length, lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. The body was medium-to-full, the texture was watery, the carbonation was lively and there was a light alcoholic feel. This was definitely my favorite IPA of any type that Iíve tasted so faróit was juicy, complex and multi-dimensional. I would actually keep this in regular attendance in the cellar to share with friends.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2829) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottled. Pours an amber color. Aroma is an intersing woody/hoppy sort of thing. Very citric. Sweet hoppy flavor right up front. Different than most of the West Coast 2IPAs I have tried. Intersting brew. Most of the bitterness is up front. Finish is surprisingly mellow. No alcohol is noticable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 12oz bottle-pours a 2 finger high rich tan head. Bright, clear copper-gold color. Aroma is mango & hops. Taste-oily mouthfeel like many 2IPAís. Balanced hops & malt. Big beers just arenít my taste, but this was OK. Bottled on 11/25/05 Bottle 140312-rerate 3.7

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Poured a golden brown with heads that quickly faded. The initial aroma contained hops, banana and a subtle mix of other fruits. It was not as bitter as I thought, but still strong. The flavor exploded in my mouth - grapefruit and celery is the best way to describe it. Can pick up the 9% ABV, but this is still a keeper.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ceejmeister (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006 does not count
Truly an enjoyable beer. I especially like the fact that the hops are not over the top on this one. A great taste from start to finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Poured amber in color. Had a citrus bite to it that was very enjoyable. Hops, grapefruit also plenty of bitterness is noticable. Very good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2006
A very nice IPA from Dogfish, second only to Stoneís Ruination IPA in my opinion. Strong citrus fruits in the aroma with a taste that has heavy grapefruit overtones. A medium white head thatís quickly diminishing. Very hoppy in taste (to be expected with this type of beer) nice and bitter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mhack1128 (16) - gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Best beer i have tried up to this point. Very flavorful with a little bite (9% alki content being the reason for that) the taste is heavenly and rich. must let the beer air for a minute or two first. starts out a little to yeasty but goes away after a minute of airing. buy one if you get a chance

1.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Redmash (2) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2006 does not count
I donít see what the appeal is to this beer. It starts off with all malt and sweet. Finishes with a small amount of aroma in the back end. Totally off balance for a Double IPA. Nice dark color. Hops need to be more upfront and available in the nose. Closer to a barleywine than anything. Not very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle from Steilacoom Wine and Brew. Beer pours a deep caramel color, very dark even for an imperial IPA. A good amount of head that lasts, nose is definately sweet, and hop, some apricot and mollasis. Mouthfeel is 9%, not harsh, just 9%... this is a BIG IPA and has alot of malt in it... perfectly wonderful for IPA fans and Barley Wine fans alike... Great brew!


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