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RATINGS: 4572   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2006
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2006
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 donít have that much experience with IIPAís but this was exceptional.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours a near translucent honey color with a white frothy head. Aroma is light and very hard to describe. Hoppy, but not overpowering tantilizing aroma. Flavor is not over the top, it is mild and VERY well balanced. You get the hop surge at first, but that quickly mellows with the malt. In the tail end of the finish you get that typical IIPA bittering finish. Body is medium and quite enjoyable. Leads you to believe it is an everyday drinker, but quickly kicks you in the ass. Wonderful!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
The beer poured a fantastic color with small head. The aroma was faint, and didnít really display the fantastic flavor of this beer. This was a very different beer than anything I have ever had. It was incredibly balanced. The first taste wasnít overly bitter like some IPAs. The after taste was smooth and warming. Itís awfully expensive at $2.50 a bottle, but itís definitly worth every penny.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Callahan09 (7) - USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
This is a very good beer. It tastes like a fine India Pale, itís just stronger. More alcohol, less to drink. Itís pricey, but worth it on special occassions. I like the color and the aroma a lot, the flavor is a little bitter but also kind of sweet. Thereís a slight harshness as it goes down.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Barrel Draught at the GBBF, Kensington Olympia 05/08/2004 Golden amber coloured with some alcohol present. Fruity bubble gum aroma and flavour. Slightly dry lasting malt finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5741) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2006
A different beer for me. An aroma that I canít describe but an aroma I enjoy sampling. This beer is a hop monster wrapped up in malt and some kinda fruity caramel I think, and all this is locked up by the hot hint of alcohol. A distinct taste that my inexperienced palate learned to enjoy half a beer in. I like the bitter finish and will drink another just to see if I can figure that mystery taste out. If I had rated this beer from a 2-3 oz. sample I would have rated it much lower. YUM!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 13, 2006
On tap.
Pours clear deep amber, forming a dense white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer floating on top and leaves lots of lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is pretty standard PNW-hop fare -- floral, spicy, lemon/grapefruit, a bit of pine sap, and a rather subdued malt profile. And so it is with the flavor as well, where malt is subordinate to the hops as they variously assert their signature citrus, floral and piney characteristics. Malt sweetness is not entirely absent and brings itself sufficiently to bear to assure some balance. Medium-thick mouthfeel, thick palate with bitter floral aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
About time I rated this. Very fruity with caramel, not all very hoppy, almost like a american strong ale light. Good, but mild.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB99 (27) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
WOW, Nice hoppy aroma but not too much as I have seen in some inferior IPAís. Clear copper color, The mouthfeel was great, I think the best I have ever had. It has a nice warming taste in the begining, but finishes off with a great hop.


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