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RATINGS: 4352   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a creamy eggshell colored head. Head is dense and frothy. Thick sheeting lace. Smells of...hops. Bitter and citrusy, orange rind. Taste is variations on the first sip. Goes something like this: hoppy burn, alcohol burn, sticky rich malt. Rinse. Repeat. OK the alcohol burn is understated and slow to build which actually make it quite warming in the gullet. The hops are an explosion and actually burn the tongue a bit like a good habenero sauce would. There is some citrus in there but mostly bitingly bitter herbal hop flavors. The malt is rich and sweet, molasses, burnt caramel and such. Mouth is sticky, the hops for all their glory do tend to get washed on the tongue by the considerable malt but do linger on the roof of the mouth forever. And your teeth. Great stuff, did this one right they did.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Very nice hop aroma, a nice mouth feel, a little dry after wards like a typical IPA. A nice complex hoppy flavor one of the better IPAís I have had yet. Just wish I could get it somewhere here in GA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Very malty without being too sweet, this is an IPA afterall. Medium bittnerness and good hop aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
12 oz bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. Poured cloudy. A good IIPA but not as good as others Iíve had. Great Divide Hercules is much better, imho. Wished this had more Amarillo or Cascade hops in flavor and aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2005
More complex than my favorite 60min but somehow does not taste as bitter or as hoppy. I like the real hoppy flavor better but this is still an enjoyable ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2033) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Composite rating: from the bottle and on tap.

Pours copper-orange and clear with a full and long-lived head for the style. The aroma is, unsurprisingly, a hoppy grapefruit and juniper. This one is rich on the palate, oily with a drawn out and complex rush of flavor.

The flavor was sweeter and maltier than I expected upon my first sample (I was better prepared upon later encounters.) This is not a bitter IIPA (the glass of Rogue IIPA that I was drinking at the same time was far more intense and far more bitter). Instead, one gets a suite of sweet alchol/fermentation flavors, banana esters, and lots of syrupy sweetness.

I donít understand the hype here. Like most of the beers coming out of this brewery, the hype seems be way out ahead of the product itself.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 12 oz. bottle. Pours a orange-copper color with a thin head. The aroma is the best of an IPA or Double IPA, IMO. It hits you with a sweet, intense hopiness. Like sticking your nose in a fresh bag of hops. Mouthfeel is viscous, but not overboard. Taste starts sweet and finishes with a sweet bitterness that lingers for a long time. You can tell care went into providing a good malt background for the hops.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Copper and lacy in the glass. Hop, citrus, dandelion aromas with some caramelly malt. Multiple bites of hops, but not at all bitter. Complex and balanced with lemongrass, orange, and hickory notes. Long on the finish with a great weight and character on the tongue. Very, very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 Sampled from a 750 care of DavidP. He mentioned that itís from 2002. The picture on the bottle is a guy trying to pound a nail up his nose. The appearance is a beautiful, shiny/iridescent red copper color. Wispy white head looks like cirrus clouds. The aroma is barleywine-esque. I get a huge sweet and spicy malt with a ton of bitter hops that didnít fade much with age (although I canít compare to a fresh one). I get a lot of the two-row present. The flavor is to die for. Holy cow! I get caramel, two-row barley, still has tons of hops, I also get a chocolatey backbone. The palate is nice, rich and creamy, but I get a bit too much alcohol. 7/5/10/4/17 = 4.3 >>>>>>>>>>>& (2005?) that is from a 12 oz. bottle. I poured it into my Pilsner glass for optimal appearance. And, yes, that is achieved. It has the densest milky merengue head that I have EVER seen on a beer. Absolutely gorgeous. The aroma is still like a barleywine IMO. The palate is so delicate and soomth. Rich and creamy. No hint of alcohol. I donít recall the flavor comparison by memory, but in reading, Iíd say the flavor is very similar. Really good stuff. 7/5/10/5/18 = 4.5

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Aroma greets you with hops and malts - citrus, caramel. A pleasant sweetness of caramel rides on top of the bittering hops as you sip and swallow. Slight afterglow of alcohol. This is one well-crafted IPA.


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