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RATINGS: 4585   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   IBU: 90   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.


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 IPA’s. 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
What an astonishing beer. 12oz bottle pours a concentrated honeyed color with a layer of head that lasts the length of the beer. The flavor is multifaceted with caramel, robust hops, maple syrup, brown sugar, tobacco, and even a slight touch of smoke. The mouth feel is viscous and weighty and it has just a touch of sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden and the malt is delicately integrated. Top tier beer from an experimental and intriguing brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle pours amber/copper color w/ virtually no head. Agree w/ the last rating- grassy hops w/ less citrus and pine that most IIPA’s. Alcohol back ground is well apparent. Good bottled, but nothing compares to this stuff on the Randall @ the GABF.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
From bottle. Pours a clear, deep golden orange with a off-white head. Big grassy hop nose with some citrus notes. Flavor is more grassy hops with a hearty malt base. Good bitter finish. This stuff is fantastic on tap.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
screigh (667) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Poured the typical orange/copper color for the style. Very slight white head but did manage some lacing. A nice hop aroma with a hint of orange in it. Flavor is very hoppy, grapefruit and some bittering finish. This is much better than I remember the first time trying this beer. The only complaint I might have is a lack of malt balance. Alcohol is well hidden. I was suprised it was 9%. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Wow, for my first IPA, this is good stuff. Bottle. Very citrusy aroma. Seems to be a hint of yeast or bread smell in there as well. Pours a nice golden brown color. Rich and heavy are 2 words that come to mind. Alot thicker on the palate then I expected. Nice sitrus flavoring to it. I cannot pick out alot of flavors at this point. Still learning alot about beer flavors. Finishes rather nicley. Just a hint of bitterness at the end of this beer. All in all, I think I have found another style of beer that I really enjoy. Cna’t wait to try some more IPAs.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2006
The bottle poured a sparkling clear light amber beverage with an average sized off-white head that was mostly diminishing and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was, as it is supposed to be, dominated by hops. There was a moderate to heavy presence of grass with notes of grapefruit in the background. In addition, I was just able to detect a hint of saddle leather hiding in the background. The body was medium to full with soft carbonation and a creamy texture. Initially, the flavor was lightly sweet. As it matured into a long finish, it changed to a moderate bitterness with slight astringency and a nice alcohol warmth.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Awesome IPA. Beautiful pour. Lasting white head, a little lace, sweet hop aroma. Mild sweetness at once overcome with a very strong but smooth bitterness that finishes with you craving more.


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