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RATINGS: 4184   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Redish brown pour with a very large head that coats the glass with lace. The aroma is bold, dominated by pine and a slight hint of citrus...drooling... now, the moment of truth... Wow, this is a hop powerhouse. How the malts manage to keep up is beyond me. No trace of the 9% at all. I could read War and Peace before this finish subsides. Ladies and gentlemen, I have found a new favorite beer. If only it were avaliable in this area. Many thanks to Putnam at Cloverleaf for pulling this out of the backroom for me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1423) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Hazy copper pour with a lingering head. Not many bubbles. Not as strong an aroma as I had hoped, but still full of floral and hops. The alcohol lingers around in the taste, yet very drinkable. Hops flood the flavor of this lovely Dogfish Head brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 Ohhhhh.... How I love the dogfish head. This brew is so tasty... I can't even describe it. Floral and hoppy with the perfect amount of hops. Drinkable and easily getting drunkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Whoa, this is the malt-hop heavy. Big in your face beer, with straight up hops and malt, no freaky yeast stuff going on and no fruit/herb additives. This is the smoked peat DIPA. Heavy. No head. Some lace. What a way to end a night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Perfumy, floral, dry and hoppy aroma. Dark gold in color with an off-white, large bubble head that mostly diminishes. Cloudy with good lace. Alcohol is pervasive, as are the hops. Piney with some pepper. Very good but a little too peppery and not sweet enough. Nevertheless, excellent! Very well made, fine. long finish. Thanks Kinz for sending another one on my Beerlist!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 On tap. Nice fruit/pine aroma. Orange/yellow coloring with a small head. This beer is excellently hoppy and malty at the same time. Not a big alcohol taste, but the hops will knock you out near the end of the glass. Great beer. RERATE 5.10.2004: Art of Beer '04 - For this festival Dogfish Head brought with them a crazy divice they were calling "Randle the Enamel Mammal". It was a cylindar that they ran the keg though which was packed tight with hops. They said that it would strip the hop oils off as it ran through. It made the beer a bit more flowery and bitterly dry. I liked it even more so I had to bump it up from my original rating of 4.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 Ah, thou fallen angel! Shalt we ever see thy return to glory? Why must thou be so filtered? To where has thine vivacious flavors and substantial mouthfeel gone?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Wow, so good. Roasty malt, incredibly hoppy nose thats beautifully balanced with some mild alcohol peaking through and a bit of malt bitterness also. Bronze color, no head as seems to be the usual with DFH. Sweet start, so hoppy throughout each sip. Long lasting hop taste, beautifully put together, so much more sophisticated and enjoyable than the Moylans Double IPA, its got the malt and body to enjoy even if it wasn't hopped through the roof.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Pouring into the recommended snifter yielded a sparse, cream-colored head, which quickly dispersed to the edge of the glass. The 90 minute hop treatment must be used to rein in the heavy-sweet maltiness--a Good Thing. After-sip hop bitterness safely guides the malt sweets away. An excellent, but not outstanding, IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2007 (Bottle) Hands down the best IPA that I have tried. Pours a dark amber color with a small head. Great flavor that makes your taste buds crave for more.

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