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RATINGS: 4225   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 I wasted two glasses of this stuff just trying to find one thing wrong with it. Never did, but I enjoyed trying. Pours a lighter golden color which is a little weak but the balance of hops and malt in the flavor along with the crisp finish is just perfect to me. Alcohol is masked nicely and it is deceptively strong. Wow, just highly enjoyable and I wish it came in 6 packs and not the 4ís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (884) - USA - FEB 22, 2005
One of my favorite IPAís that I can find regularly. Taste is very hoppy and floral, but surprisingly drinkable considering its strength. Almost dangerous, because I could drink it as a session beer if I didnít realize the alcohol was as high as it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Fridge temp bottle pours clear golden amber. Frothy head receeded to thiun but never disappeared. My favorite "widely available" IPA. The hops come through like freshly crushed indica buds. Full of resin and tart and piney woods. Crisp, short lingering aftertaste that begs for another. $9 a four pack. Tthey should charge more for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 19, 2005
pours a nice clear dark amber, with a frothy white lacing head. aroma is piney hops. nice citrus hoppy flavor, almost balanced by malt. you can detect the alcohol a little, but itís very well hidden. good full mouthfeel. a great iipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1283) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a fine creamy white head that lasts through the entire glass and leaves some lacing.

Its aroma is some spicy floral piney hops at first. It kind of devolves into a peppery leather smell though that isnít very appealing.

The flavor is sweet melon and some pepper up front. I donít get much hop flavor, but it does have a good lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but very smooth.

Overall, I found this to be underwhelming. Itís a pretty average IPA and didnít live up to the high expectations (or price).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
A hop lovers dream. Golden amber body with creamy white head. The aroma is huge on hops. Flavor is also all about the hops and just a little maltiness to balance it out. Some citrus comes through as it moves in the mouth. Suprisingly creamy for such a hoppy beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Fridge temp. Pronounced resinous, somewhat herbal aroma with overtones of ethanol. Dark amber in the glass. Fizzy head, recedes to a thin layer. Heavy bitterness throughout with heavy alcohol on the finish. Dry and medium body with a slightly chalky, very long penetratingly resinous wood aftertaste. Second rate: Heavy mouthfeel almost oily. Both sweet and alcoholic. Big bourbon soaked cherry flavor. A bit of a burn in the finish. Packs a major wallop. Comes off far more as a liquor than a session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2500) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
[on tap at Sunset Grill and Tap] Bright golden colour with a fine bubbly ring. Wonderful citrus, grapefruit, and peach aroma with some faint, sweet malt. Not grassy in aroma or flavour. A bit "salty" from all the hops with dominating grapefruit in balance with a pleasant bitterness and obvious alcohol. Warming and full bodied. Excellent. I want to learn to have such good hops control--it must have to do with freshness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DogfishKing (22) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
Very good. Strong at first but mellows. I thought it was fairly well balanced but seemed to be missing something. Still very good beer. Like the Burton Baton blend a little better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 First rating: 4.5 Unbalanced and hoppy as hell, but amazing. Citrussy aroma. Round, full mouthfeel. Bubbly. Iíd drink this beer everyday. Second rating 4.0 Syrupy sweet, with a good citrussy/piney hop profile, but the constant addition process they use at DFH doesnít get quite enough hops in at the start of the boil to bitter them up as much as Iíd like. A great beer, nonetheless.

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