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RATINGS: 4116   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
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 15, 2003
This is my first rating, I think I picked a good one to be my first. Bottle. This is a hophead's wet dream. Intense floral hop start, then a nice bitterness that stays constant during the the sweet maltiness afterwards and a warmness at the end. Thick and sticky. Just keeps getting better and better as it warms and as you have more of them.

3.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rocky (1) - nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2003 does not count
I have just started the rating process. To date the Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA is the best beer I have tasted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Very clear golden orange color. Smells of floral and fruity hops. Hides the 9% abv, very well. Has much more malt balance than I expected. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Really dropped over the years, or perhaps I have, for some reason I can no longer find this beer as I once remembered it.

Sampled July 2004
A nice strong citrus & pine aroma wafts to my nose as I pour this beer. It pours a deep copper color and is quite clear. The head is quite large and it a tan color. As I take a couple of sniffs I get a strong note of candied orange peel, lychee, grapefruit, apricot, and some pine needles. The taste tells me that thankfully this is a fresh bottle. The taste is sweet up front, and is pretty much all hops. The beer is much less hoppy than your typical west coast hop monster. Never-the-less this is quite hoppy, with a candied fruitiness in the mouth. The finish has a hint of harshness from the mixture of alcohol and hops, a sort of raw hop type astringency that clings to my mouth in the finish. I really like the front half of this beer, it is like sucking on a candied hop lollipop. This is quite tasty, yet is still missing that certain something to really make this great.

Sampled August 2003
Pours brilliantly clear. This beer is an amber color with a pale tan head. The aroma is of American hops; floral and grapefruity. It smells a bit sweet as well. It tastes citrusy with a sweet maltiness to it. Finished by a solid bitterness. This beer tastes strong with a bit of alcohol in the finish. There seems to be something missing to make this a great beer, nothing wrong with it, just seems to be missing something that could push it over the edge.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Big hop aroma. Fairly dark amber color for a pale ale, with a nice head. It took me a few sips to get into this, but it's very good. A big hop finish which is balanced by the malts. 9% abv, you would never guess. Still, this is a big beer that takes some getting used to. But when you get used to it, boy, is it good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SDquaffer (18) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Aroma...aroma...aroma...aroma..... Bitter....bitt but, after the initial assault, the flavor settles down on your tongue like a chatty rapist...asking you if you liked the ordeal....strangely...I did...a lot!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 [Updates 10/10/2003] Hazy orange color. Moderate malt aromas, bready with hop citrusy/fruity notes. Frothy off-white head with good lacing. Looks very appealing. Very bitter but malt-presence is substantial. Big creamy/syrupy body. Alcohol bite at the end. Lies just about 1/2 between the 60 and the 120 minute IPAs.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
(bottle conditioned about a year old). Beautiful orange color, almost brilliantly bright. Pronounced malty nose with great citrus (Amarillo adds a hint of tangerine?) & woody hop aromas. Mouthfeel is big with great malty smoothness and fantastic lingering bitterness. Complex, big malty beer with a lingering citrus finish and a little spicy alcohol to boot. Very nice!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nedman (10) - ward, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Nice hazy gold, with floral hop aroma. Head presented well, and lasted. Incredible mouthfeel! Very smooth. Initial hop bitterness complemented by citrus sweetish finish. The underlying maltiness makes this IPA really unique. Overall, an outstanding India Pale Ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2003
Very faintly hazy pale amber under a huge size medium lasting faint yellow white head. Awesome perfumed floral hops with faint hints of citrus and bready yeast. Medium thin body. Strong to fierce hoppy bitter start. Flavours are mainly bitter hops but includes those hints of something floral and malty sweetness. Superbly masked alcohol by very high but not unpleasant hop bitterness except perhaps the extreme biting bitter finish and aftertaste maybe detracts from what is otherwise a lovely IPA


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