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RATINGS: 4218   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2003
I didn't like this. No sir. Way too much hops. I couldn't even clear my palette afterwards and it ruined my next beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Color is a solid cloud of orangy amber with a big fluffy ivory colored head that grew to be just over two fingers high of impressive strength, but was fast to crumble and pop down to a hazy mist over the top. Leaves incredible stringy lace in drippy rings. Smell is all peachy, a bit citrusy and a piney/woodish backing, somewhat earthy, soft but nice and rich of hops galore. Taste is wildly smooth and soothing of peachy/citrus hops, one hell of a nice bittering effect thats very calm and easy. Some light earthy tones dotted in the mix with a blend of well balanced malts, gotta keep those hops in check, I suppose. Feel is full and quite bittering in a mild sense, in which it doesn't linger to much to be over the top in any way. This is quite excellent stuff, I don't care that its 9%, which is masked beautifully by the way, its way to damn easy to drink, which makes for a short evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5299) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2009 Poured a dark orange color with not much head. Aroma was very sweet, almost like bubblegum. Had this on tap this weekend and in the nose I also noticed a rose petal and very skunky herb aroma. It’s taste was initial hops followed by a very sweet finish. Also tastes like eating marijuana nuggets while drinking this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rapkungen (19) - USA - JUN 21, 2003
Great Beer, the best American IPA I have had. A big beer, but the high alohol content did not overwhelm the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
nice slightly hazy amber colour. citrusy hop nose with a piney herbal hint. good coating slightly syrupy mouthfeel. big citrus hop flavours with wood, malt and a hint of alcohol. a nice big beer to be sure, but it didn't impress me as much as the 60.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 deprogram and i picked up a 1/6 barrel for a moving party we had last night. not too sure if this is a great drunken backyard beer, as a number got spilled, and it was such a waste! however, i enjoyed it, nonetheless. thanks bob (and john) for your help
very foamy head due to pouring from the keg with a pump tap, this was convenient because the bugs would just walk across the beer, making them very easy to remove :]
otherwise, i stand behind everything i said before [read on]
nice frothy, cream-colored head when poured from the 12 ounce bottle i had the good fortune to obtain (after much prompting from my favorite salesman at the local beer store). the 90 minute ipa is a medium bodied, crisp beer with a bitter, hoppy overwhelmingly great taste, that has the good sense to leave you with litte to no aftertaste. the head, while frothy to begin with, widdled its way down to very little in no time at all. however, the tiny foam bubbles cling to the side of the glass, leaving a small sticky mess for those unfortunate enough not to have a dishwasher.

side note: i really need to learn more about beer, so i can sound snobby in my reviews and talk more about the actual taste and nose of the beer, rather than just the way it looks...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2003
favorate beer in favorate category, for such a hopped up special the malt balance at the start holds it's own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 750ml Corked Bottle and Re-Rate 11/30/03 Nice pour, hazy orange hued with a nice thick head. Head dies down some but retains well and completely laces glass. Nice big hop aroma with notes of citrus, especially grapefruit. Has a smooth body and overall pleasant mouthfeel. Flavor is classic IPA, good hop flavor, citrusy and bitter. Alcohol is well hidden and maybe better than most others in the style. This is a fantastic Imperial IPA, not as bold as Dreadnaught and some others, but a really nice one overall. Thanks CaptainCougar for the bottle. Rerate: a 12oz bottle on 3/17/04Poured a crystal clear copper/gold color with a huge frothy head that lasts. Nice retention. Big hoppy nose that is sweet and fruity with some graininess from the malt. Body is really smooth and full with a nice carbonation level. Flavor is super hoppy with tropical fruit all over the place. Bitter finish but nothing that will knock you down. Hard to say wich was better, the 750 or this fresh 12oz. Both very good. I may give the edge to the 12oz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2464) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Tan head. Hazy orange color. Good american hop nose. Full bodied brew. Foam clinging to the sides of my glass sticking around as i consume it. Good mouthfeel, pleasent carbonation. Mellow, piney, citrusy hop flavors. Alc. shows its self gently also.The alcohol seems to add to the just right hop flavors. A maltiness is also perceived in the finish. Personally, it blows the 60 and 120 minute IPAs away.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 13, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 A beautiful beer. One of the finest I have ever had. An orange color with fluffy off white head. Big bold hop flavor with citrus and a little sweetness. I love it. Awesome!!

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