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RATINGS: 4197   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
This beer was sensational, the Dogfish Head beers are my first introduction to real beer from the US. This had a great malty nose and a palate that has a huge punch of flavour with a sweet liqourness to it. I dig this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 Hoppy, hoppy, hop to the hoppy! I was actually surprised at how nicely this brew was balanced...what could have been a hopfest was actually a malt/hop consilience of sorts. Strong, crisp hops define the palate, and leave a nice aftertaste. I agree with previous reviewers that the alcohol is well-hidden. A quality brew. Hopefully I will get a chance to try the 120-minute IPA. Update 6/29/03: after sipping several 12-ounce bottles, I have to bump up the flavor and overall ratings. I love this IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2362) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Wow, floral bouquet slams you in the nose as you pop the cork. Huge white frothy head which lasts for quite a while. Hoppy aroma but not overpoweringly strong with some citrus. I actually expected more in the aroma. Color of clear, golden orange. Flavor is slightly sour (don't know if this is expected) with more citrus presence. Very smooth drinking. Finish is bitter with a hops kick and very smooth. Hides its alcohol very well. A very good beer that is loaded with hops but not to overpowering. A brew for anyone who likes bitter and hoppy style ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (1909) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2003
very good, deep golden color with a white head. Had a strong hoppy taste with a nice malty balance. Not a strong alcohol taste. For an IPA i found it to be heavy on the stomach. I also noted the aftertaste lingered for sometime after i took a sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Light orange/amber color with big fluffy off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma has lots of sharp, catty american hops (chinook?), with hints of apricot, caramel, and lemon. Flavor is rather malty upfront, with caramel and vanilla, followed by citrusy american hops and a hint of wood. Finish is acidic and mildly bitter, with just the faintest metallic note at the conclusion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 1, 2003
Hmmm, where to start? Serving size : 25 oz. cork capped bottle. No best before date that I can see. Pours out a deep golden color, with over-flowing head. I had to actually use a spoon and take some of the head out, because I couldn't smell the beer itself. Sweet aromas of fresh cut hay, malts, and hops. Nice smooth caramel taste up front, with a smooth maltiness in the middle, followed by a subdued hops bite at the end. Very floral in it's aromas as it warms up. Hints of citrus and spices in the nose. Well balanced mix of malts and hops on the tongue. It has a pleasant aftertaste, and hides it's 9% ABV very well. You don't even notice it, until your stomach starts getting rather warm. My first Dogfish beer, and not a let down, either. Let's all go fishing, gang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2003
Amber, nice long lasting head. Aroma has floral notes. Mildly sweet; hop profile is strong but not harsh at all. In some ways a simple beer but a big one at the same time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5183) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 Wonderful shade of bronze with a light tan head. The scent reveals a full bouquet of hops! Surprisingly sweet tasting considering the amount of hops in the beer. Like a lighter version of Stone's Ruination IPA. Finishes well with a slight lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Recommended. Can't wait for the 120 Minute IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 12, 2003
Intense hops bitterness in the aroma...nice sweet character to it, but really it was just all hops. The flavor was much of the same...sweet, citrusy, floral hops character that drowned out anything else that could have been going on. The bottle shows a man hammering a nail into his nose. That's exactly what this beer feels like...hammering in the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1211) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 .Beautiful amber body, white lacy head. Nice hoppy aroma, but not overpowering. Big hoppy flavor balanced by some malt. Smooth, dry mouthfeel and a bitter, lasting finish. This is an amazing beer for a hop junkie like myself. My first perfect score after 85 beers. Re-rate: Unfurtunately, the switch to 12oz bottles and an apparent recipe change has left this beer a shadow of its former self. Much of the hop profile that made it so unique is gone, and left it simply an average IIPA.

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