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RATINGS: 4411   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Pours a beautiful color: a dark and cloudy deep copper. Moderate, off white head that lingers; good lacing. Extremely lively carbonation, which i was not expecting. Smell is quite malty, with a definate aroma of fruit. Thick and oily; explodes in the mouth. Fresh and hoppy, but not overly so. Actually tastes slightly sweet and fruity. Well balanced, maybe too much so. Hard to tell this baby is clocking in at 9% abv. Good, but hardly the best imperial IPA; it’s just not the hop-explosion you’d expect from a brew of this style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrob21 (2897) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Well carbonated golden beer. Smells delicious, like a cherry lifesaver. Hoppy but not overpowering. Nice malty caramel flavor. Damn I love this brewer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Clear, golden, large off-white head. Aroma of mild sweet malts and surprisingly mild C-hops, apricots. Flavour is malty, with a decent mouthfeel and not very bitter. Caramel. Nice, but NOT an Imperial IPA, way too few hops. Very slight astringency, lingering grapefruit in the aftertaste. This is good beer, but way outside the style of double IPA that I’ve become accustomed to. Also, for 9% alcohol, this is very smooth stuff. All said, though, it is just too sweet and not hoppy enough for me when I want Double IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sweetnlow (19) - Hudson, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
A wonderful dark amber color, mildly floral nose, and spicy hoppy flavor contribute to the appeal of this beer. Dogfish Head likes to experiment, but they have this one down pat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Golden amber color with a frothy white head. Excellent spicy hops aroma with grapefruit dominating and a hint of honey. Great full flavor with a huge hop taste and supurb malt balance. Citrus fruits are abundant along with a good woody taste. Has just the right amout of sweetness to balance the bitter hops. Very smooth and creamy on the palate and leaves a tasty dry finish that is both sweet and bitter. Fantastic beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 12oz bottle, poured into an english pint. Golden/orange in color. Hoppy piney aroma. Very hoppy taste. I think that with all that hops, somehow it comes off well balanced. Just pretty straight-forward, hoppy ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2005
bottle pours light golden thin white head, little lace. aroma of hops malt and spice. taste of hops and malt too buzzed to elaborate. damn good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2005
This has become my staple beer since I moved to the East Coast. It is very drinkable, not too heavy or overpowerful, and has lots of flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2005
This beer poured a sickly orange color and had that typical high hop Dogfish Head aroma. It actually gave me a touch of heartburn just smelling it. It has a suprisingly refreshing dry palate. The alcohol was nicely hidden. This is a suprisingly decent beer. I had some preconceived notions after trying their terrible 120 minute IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2005
A good show from Dogfish Head. This IPA has a delightful bitterness without the harsh taste present from their other IPAs.


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