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RATINGS: 4266   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilsis (4) - USA - SEP 7, 2004 does not count
Lovely amber color with thin white head. I smell hops and banana fosters (banana/caramel/molasses). A little bit spicy, and definitely interesting wthout overwhleming. Emjoyable finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2004
Deep golden orange with fine head. Peach, syrup, malt, orange, candy, and more in the nose. Medium mouthfeel with bitter lingering finish. Roasted flavors, carmel, pine, citrus, vanilla, nice flavors. Not enough malt it seems to support the hops, though this could show more when warm. Not bad

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Very sweet initial taste that turns into hints of the high alcohol percent. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but still very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2004
Itís certainly very hoppy, but not too extreme for me. However, like many US hop monsters, I found the overall impression rather too sweet. Big alcohol afterburn. As SilkTork says, Randall wasnít working when we were there, although they did manage to get it set up the following day. Unfortunately the hops, which were supposed to be coming over from the US with the brewer, never turned up, so they had to cadge some from Fullers. Cask, GBBF 2004.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Very hoppy, very dark for an ipa. I love the bitterness. This is the best ipa I have ever had. ON TAP at DFH Brewhouse in Falls Church, VA. More pronounced hops and a stronger floral quality is present.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Poured deep amber with bright white dense head...smelled quite piney and citrusy, also a little alcohol...tasted very smooth with the bittr hoppiness coming on slowly at the end...very drinkable, but definate alcohol in the finish...overall a great beer, but I think a little over-rated...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Great golden color that holds wonderful hoppy sweetness. Not very bitter at all considering. Easy to drink for this hoppy of an IPA....leave a lingering orange/citrus flavor. Just an exceptional IPA!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerbob (1) - Kellet, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2004 does not count
Very hopped brew without the extreme bitter taste. Itís an exceptionally hopped beer with a balanced flavor that wonít scare tha average beer drinker away.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Rerate: On tap at The Spot in Bethel, CT. Served in a Dogfish Head Snifter. Poured a beautiful clear orange with a large creamy white head. Looks like a picture. Rich aroma of grapefruit, orange, a bit of pine, and some sweet candy and brown sugar. Taste is orange, grapefruit, pine... somewhat bitter but hugely supported by sweet malt. Creamy body thatís full but feels perhaps a bit undercarbonated. Overall a stellar brew, and a deliciously easy-drinking double IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 Bottle. Almost perfectly made. Floral nose with some grapefruit. Great bitter taste. Sweet without being too sweet. Marvelous. Re-rate-slightly burnt caramel nose, mildly dry, lots of caramel.


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