TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Clear copper colored with a perky peach head. Musty orange and grapefruit. Sweet and piney into candied orange peel finishing with juicy grapefruit. A creamy medium body without the sharp hop and alcohol edges. A smooth easy-drinking blend of bold flavors.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle - Pours clear and gold with a thin, fading head that leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is dominated by piney hops and has a hint of alcohol. The flavor is of course hoppy, but is also surprisingly well balanced for such intense hop flavors. The label doesn’t lie when it says a "ridiculous amount" of barley was used. It must have taken a lot to balance this hoppy beast so well. The finish is hoppy as expected, long lasting, and the 9% alcohol is well masked. This is an excellent brew.
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 90 Minute poured out in light copper color and a large slightly off white head. A bit of the head lasted until the bitter end along with some light lacing. The aroma was alcohol, citrus and bread. The alcohol was the strongest aromatic player. At the first sip the initial sweat caramel flavor gives way to the somewhat harsh bitter bite that lingers until the next sip. Very nice balance of high gravity sweatness and hoppy goodness. It feels like a medium body that certianly finishes dry. A solid imperial IPA.
ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 This was the beer (had my first one a couple months ago) that showed me what a good craft beer could be, since the 6% cap was lifted in NC last October. This is a beer of well-balanced contrasts - hoppy bitterness balanced by fruity sweetness. High alcohol content that is so well disguised that you will feel the effect before you taste any alcohol. Rich mouthfeel yet so drinkable that it seems no sooner do I open one than it is gone, leaving me yearning for another. I have had "better" beers (such as Rochefort 10) but this is my favorite because I find it the most interesting.
kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
90 Minute IPA poured a crystalline orange tone topped of a fuzzy white head. The aroma initially evokes sweetened grapefruit and orange, a hoppy nose that only subsequently accretes in complexity. Mirabelle, pineapple and vanilla are soon revealed to create a fruity blend that merges with the alcohol tones of an expensive flowery perfume. A grainy wheat smell that reminds of Corn Flakes is further supported by Parmesan cheese and surprises amidst the traditional hops. Meanwhile the looming sweetness of chestnut honey provides a luscious background to the elaborate nose of this beer. As the tip of the tongue collides with the liquid a sweet flavor of orange juice appears but gradually expands to a hoppy burnt toast sensation and ultimately descends to a creamy finish. The strong carbonation and bitterness of the palate renders this beer difficult for me to drink and evaluate but I do appreciate the attempt at a more complex brew in this style.
xdream (16) - Madison, Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The aroma is like that of a Christmas tree. In a snifter the liquid brew reflects the light like a copper ornament ready for that tree I smell. The flavor is an amazing piney taste upfront, followed by a bitterness. The mouth feel is smooth and easy. Overall this is a perfect DPA. I tip my hat to you DFH.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahhhh 90 minute. Sam C. once made Hop Brownies for us... but that’s another story. 90 minute is the same as 60 minute, with just less water. The smell: Like slightly rotten fruit. The look: Totally filtered darkish amber. Large head. The taste: The sweetness of hops is brought to the forefront and one feels as if he is on a dessert island with Jimmy Buffet. If you were to slam a pina colada then take a swig of sierra nevada, this would be the taste you find in this beer. Good aftertaste with a plate stick that lasts, but does not annoy. top notch.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 had this at the tap house bellvue washington....over 100 drafts, good selection , i highly recommend. huge shot of pungent grassy hops, floral fiction as well. flavors pass by with grapefruit and apples. significant malt character in the substructure of this beer. full bodied brew more then you would expect from an ipa. nice drinking after taste of thyme. not as easy to drink as i would of hoped imo,. this is just the next level of biggness.
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear and golden and shows moderate carbonation. Sweet, hoppy, and malty aroma. Nicely balanced flavor with a late bitter / alcohol finish. Definitely one of the coolest beers around.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh but light hoppy aroma. Flavor was smooth pale malts and hops. Nothing harsh in here. No notice of the 9% alcohol in the taste. Superbly balanced throughout. Thick syrupy mouthfeel but not too sweet. Slightly floral and fruity, plenty of hops but not over the top, and a mildly bitter finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy. I don’t have that much experience with IIPA’s but this was exceptional.