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RATINGS: 4112   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sethdude (688) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2003 Poured a deep straw color. Thin to medium head, medium body. Smells great, kinda citrusy, definitely hoppy. Tastes very good, sweet and tangy, with a dry, bitter finish. Alcohol not too apparent. Very good. Thanks to dberger624 on this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a dark gold color and formed a nice foamy off white head that held and left some nice circular lace as it slowly subsided. A good deal of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and a touch of citrus. A flavor of hops with some sweetness present. Also some of the alcohol is present. A touch astrigent in the finish with some bitterness. The sweetness of this one is offset by the presence of the alcohol. While not one of the hoppier IPAs, it is good and doesn't get offset to much with the sweetness. A good IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2003
This one pours a clear, deep copper color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is very attractive, floral hops and a nice fruity sweetness. Full bodied and very smooth, the hops dominate at first, but the malty sweetness comes through in the end. It is really not very bitter, the finish is long, starts out with a slight bitterness, but ends with a strong sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Classic. This beer is so near perfection it"s amazing. A drinkable and approachable IPA, unlike other ’ruinous’ IPA"s that take some nuts to drink. Sweeter that any other IPA I"ve had. Why is this called a strong ale when the bottle says IPA? GREAT beer! ReRate: Doesn’t quite have the subtlety I used to enjoy. A little agressive on the alcohol, not as balanced.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
This is a great beer. Has an enormous hoppy aroma, with a certain sweetness to it. Golden copper color, with a small head. Carbonation is a little high, but it fits the hoppy flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 1/15/03 (750ml corked bottle) (8,4,8,4,16) Big hop aroma with some malt and butterscotch. Caramel color with little head. Moderately complex with a woody, bitter finish. Hides its alcohol very well, but doesn't quite match the Dreadnaught in complexity and smoothness. Re-rate 7/12/03 & 11/2/03 (12 oz bottle) (8,4,9,4,17) The smaller bottle is not only easier to open, but tastes better IMO. Lots of fresh hops abound and plenty of sweet caramely malt to back them up. Very smooth and crisp. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel holds a good amount of complexity. A great imperial IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Being a hophead this was a truely a wonderful IPA. Pours an orangish color with a good amount of head. Can smell hops from 3 feet away. This brew is all about the hops. Recommend.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2003
#200, Popped the cork and was overcome by a huge citrus and grapefruit aroma, poured a copperish-orang with a huge slowly disappearing head, that left lacing all over the glass. Initial taste was a blast of grapefruit, with other citrus and pine flavors jumping in, then it becomes nicely balanced with a nice touch of caramel malt, alcohol is well hidden. An excellent beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 Capped 12 ounce bottle:
Copper colour with orange highlights and a dense tan head. Aroma (very potent) of hazlenuts, hops, oak, strong malt and alcohol. Heavy-bodied; Sweet initial flavour then melds to a hoppy kick with oak and tannins. Aftertaste bittering from the hops-but well balanced. Overall, decent-but I really prefered this in the 75 cL bottle. I didn't really care for this one too much-just another Imperial IPA. Score for this rating: 6,5,6,3,12.

Cork Finished 75 cL bottle:
Great overall IPA, good hops, but an overpowering oaky taste. Cork was almost impossible to open on the first bottle--a lot easier the second time around, but insanely difficult on the third bottle! Score for this rating: 8,4,7,3,15.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2003
Floral earthy hops and a smal oily head and a weak tea color. Grapefruit citrus, and resinous earthy hops. Almost perfumey and floral. Biscuty malts come through to give support. Not as bitter as expected, medium hops in the finish with sweet malts.


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