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RATINGS: 4267   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2005
Possibly the best IPA on the market. Pours a nice reddish gold with frothy head. Floral aroma with hops and alcohol both sublty notable. Taste is unique. Citrus and fruit mix nicely with light evergreen undertones and heavy hops. I might not survive if I ever find this one on tap!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1591) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
An instant classic. bottled: a hazed orange gold ale with a miraculous frothy cap that stays...great lacing..... the nose fills with grapefruit and pine over a sweet cooky dough aroma. Marvelous mouth feel...oily with the malts so dense they are syrupy/viscous...all the time balanced by the marvelous citrus-pine hops which turn only slightly bitter in the long finish...a masterful effort...an ale full of malt body and taste in balance with luscious citrus hopping.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Opened because I was so disillusioned with their "flagship" beer Shelter Pale Ale and because I need a big, hoppy beer to have with my Indian food. Straight fom the cellar @ 51.3į and served in my NB worthy glass. It poured light orange with a smallish off white head. When swirled, the beer coats the glass. Aroma is hops, nice and spicy and beautiful. There is also a honeyish background. The taste is hop flavored with all kinds of crazy flavors, the first the comes to mind is a honeydew melon (thats a first in a beer for me!). The hops are also spicy and piney, but that melon flavor really steals the show. Pretty tasty. The bitterness not overwelhming, but it can be felt. Despite itís huge hop aroma, this is a somewhat balanced beer. The finish is piney and melon flavored, with a bit of tongue tingle from the underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Overall a really nice beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 2, 2005
Fantastic beer. Pours great. Smooth fuity taste that keeps on giving. Citrus-like aroma. Well worth my wife yelling at me for speng 10 bucks on a four pack.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2227) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Iím a bit of a hop head AND I LOVED THIS STUFF! Looks-wise it was nothing special, dark yellow with small white head. Fantastic fresh American hops aroma. Same hops in the palate and very dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2005
Well hopped smell with sweet undertone... Lots of bright white bubbles set against a light golden color. Muscatty taste to the finish when the hops kick in and gradually fade. Very nice! ($2.5/12oz)

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
One of the best IPAs out there, but still not as good as Dreadnaught =) This is a nice and hefty DIPA with plenty of alcohol (9%) and plenty of hops. This brew has a nice citrus flavor with a very slightly earthy note that is less noticeable as you drink a few more >>hiccup<< Is this beer worth $11.00 a four pack (in CO) what the hell... sure. Oh, by the way, on tap this brew is heavenly!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerStaff (7) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2005 does not count
This is one for the ages. The orange tint to the pour is nothing special, nor is the head that diminishes rather quickly. The taste is a blend of caramel and fruit and the hops are definitely there but not overwhelming. There arenít too many IPAs that I must have, but this is definitely one of them!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2005
bottle. clear light orange color. small white head short lived. great hop flavors with complex flavors. great full texture, coats the mouth, full bodied. little notice of high ABV. very impressive IPA. a must to have in stock.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 From a bottle and into a glass. Clear orangish-brown color, with a nice thick white head with good lacing. Citrusy and hoppy aroma that also hints at a strong malt backing. Amazing rich flavor. I think grapefruit immediately and maybe melon at the as well? Incredibly complex with the huge amount of hops with enough malt to keep this beer from being overly bitter or one dimensional. Challenging to the palate while still being extremely drinkable. Alcohol is masked well and it can make this beer dangerous.This is damn good beer.


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