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RATINGS: 4390   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Deep amber/bronze with a rocky off white head and good lacing. Hops out front of the aroma (as expected). Nice malty and apple sweet aroma as well. For an aggressively hoppy IPA, this one is also extremely well balanced. Some very hoppy IPAs are so far out of balance that they become unappealing - not the case here. Bracingly bitter but still clean finish to round out a great IPA!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Certainly one of the top three IPAs Iíve ever had. Strong delicious Hops presence in the aroma, texture, flavor and finish. Absolutely one of the best.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Iím not usually a big fan of IPAís. This was my first DFH and it makes me rethink my position on IPAís. I found the beautiful copper color and the piney citrusy aroma gave away the wonderful taste to follow. I have three more in the cellar to look forward to!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2005
First beer had at a beer festival. Good head and gold in color. Noticed a fruity aroma and beer went down fast because by smell I knew I would like this one right from the start.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Good to see Dogfish in Arizona. A nice floral aroma very citrusy. Nice heather like appearance. Hops are ever present. Could use a little more balance, still this beer is very thirst quenching. Clean and refreshing on the palate. Very similar to Hopfather here at Papago brewing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Great looking bronze pour with a good sized white head that stayed around for a few minutes. Left good lace as it subsided. Aroma is intense...fresh cut pine, sappy, and hops, hops, hops with a little cutting from the malt. Flavor has the same intensity...strong piney, floral, citrus flavor. The barley does itís job here. The tongue assault is held in check. The balance is remarkable and the flavor is on from beginning to end. Finishes bitter. Very appetizing and leaves me wanting more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Bottle. Classic IPA color...thin white head ok lacing. Smells wonderful...sweet pine aroma...initial sweet malt flavor that quickly subsides to a wonderfully harmonious orchestra of hops!!! So amazing! hop heaven....crisp delecious, very well done. not a ridiculous amount of hops but just perfection. I would love to shake the master brewers hand! I loved this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2005
On tap at the scottsdale big beer fest. Gold yellow in color with decent head. Great clean hoppy aroma with a little citrus thrown in. Good hops flavor just strong enough and not bitter at all with just a taste of alcohol at the finish. VERY GOOD!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Rate adjustment 1/20/04: Okay, Iím warming up to this a bit more. Not as off-putting as the first bottle I tried. Maybe it happened to do with it being taken directly from the cool, cool basement rather than fridged first. Still highly sweet and syrupy and sticky, and pretty alcoholic in the flavor/palate. And Iím still too afraid to take another shot at the 120-minute monstrosity concocted by this brewery. Only so much A-oiliness I can take.

This needs more balance. It isnít too highly hopped; itís too highly alcoholic in the flavor and palate! Oily character comes through too much. Stoneís Ruination IPA managed to do this style to perfection; this has too much A.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Achtung!! Zis bier kerls mein leiderhosen. In der fadderlant such as zis bier haz nebber bin brewt. Zees Americaner micros are ashamet ov Budmiloors, so zey "kranken up" der bier styles. Eben der Englander vould zay, "I say, Old chap, haveínt you beefed this one up a tad?"
Earlier Rating: 12/31/2004 Total Score: 3.9
Massive hop aroma of american hops thatís not true to an English IIPA, Luscious mouthfeel but dominant hop flavor to the finish. I havenít looked, but is there seperate catagories for American and English IIPAís? I think Golding hops blend better with this style of beer.


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