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RATINGS: 4508   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Really good head, with light golden brown color and some little bubbles. Immediately the fruit permiated the room. Pineapple, apricot, malt, hops, bubblegum, in that order. The mouthfeel was refreshing and a little slippery. the flavor is immense, very sweet, very fruity/floral hoppy. The alcohol is undetectable. A worthy brew. 4-11-06 Redrink, after further examination, there’s a bit more going on in both the aroma and the flavor. Granted, this is after a couple months of tasting beers/aging. The light caramel malts are much more obvious in the nose, almost syrupy. Further, the flavors are much more complex. I’m detecting notes of pine more than anything else, though the same supporting cast I pegged down last time is there, a point extra on aroma, flavor and overall impression, I love this beer more than before.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2006
The aroma and palate are the best parts of this one. Smells like conversation hearts. Fruity, sweet. Great head. Looked like a lot of carbonation but couldnt tell on the palate, it was smooth and creamy. Taste is simple, fruity, hoppy, malty. Can barely taste the alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Poured from a 12oz. bottle. The head is dish soapy, thinish, but persistent with tight lacing on the glass. The colour is a loveley amber-red and somewhat syrupy. Fantastic nose of grapefruit, mango, and strawberry, with an herbal overtone hinting at marijuana. The hops are a bit soft on bitterness and are well balanced with a slight corn syrup sweetness. One of the most distinctive beers of the style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Everything you would expect from DFH: loads of flavor, substantial ABV, and just all around delicious. Go for the 120 if you can find it, but otherwise one of the best imperial IPAs you could find.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 deep orange/light amber color, drinks very smoothly with complex hoppy tastes remains delicious and deeply flavored throughout. one of the few ipas ive enjoyed *much revised: very hoppy, thick ipa style. poured from bottle. not too much head but nice golden yellow color. malty in the beginning but a ton of hops take over soon after. has the bite of sierranevada bigfoot but balanced. is a solid beer...definately worth tasting for those hopheads out there. i’d like to have an evening comparing the 60, 90, and 120 - especially if complemented with a meal. the english two-row sweetness comes through in the end, similar to some Stone Brewing IPAs, deliciously noticable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2006
This beer had a nice amber color with a white head and covering glaze. The smell was of carmel and hops. It had a rich full bodied taste. A hoppy bitter yet malty flavor. This is an excellent IPA one of my favorites.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a nice white head. Pine and caramel aroma. Strong Sweet, nutty, and caramel malt profile balanced by a very pleasant hop bitterness. Finish is bitter, earthy, and slightly dry. To me, the malt profile has some british influence. Overall, this is a great and unique tasting IIPA. You could easily pick this one out in a blind taste lineup. Easily a top ten IIPA in my book.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosco (276) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2006
orange/red hues, great nappe on glass, slight burnt toast. low fizz/carb. Very bold front with waay lonnng finish. This beer deserves at least 5 more adjectives that I can’t think of. Bought at Boca Raton Whole Foods Market...date on bottle says it was bottled 2 months before I drank...tasted quite fresh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2006
A 12 oz. bottle pours a crystal clear, light amber bodied beer with an average, rocky white head that left great lacing. The nose is dominated by the pine and floral aromas lent by the dry hopping. This is an incredibly bold but simple beer that’s powerful on all sensory fronts. Palate entry introduces a strong malt backbone, full body and commanding presence. The malt character never quite fully develops before a mid-palate bitterness balance and high hop profile suggested by the aroma lends a grapefruit citrus and pine needle character to the flavor spectrum. A malty sweetness and light alcohol presence split through the finish, making the beer surprisingly less dry than expected. Still, the high IBU contents leaves behind a welcome high hop aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2006
This is not a subtle beer. Definitely not your typical IPA. Thick head, very powerful aroma, pours a medium amber color. Incredibly hop presence with a slight bitterness. Overwhelming taste that comes at you from all directions.


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