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RATINGS: 4266   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 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4770) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 6, 2003
Had this in a BIG bottle. A grapefruit orchard bursts out of the bottle right behind the cork. As the brew breathes it settles down and perfume, flowers, toasted malt, alcohol and the slightest hint of spiced dried fruit replaces the citrus. The brew pours a cloudy medium honey amber. The large bone colored creamy/rocky head is fully lasting with stellar lacing. I could substitute this head for my edge gel next time I shave. The flavor is colossal. Everyone showed up for class today: sweetness, warmth, bitter, and spicy. Very complex with a long bitter finish. My only knock is that the alcohol was not as well hidden as I prefer. The medium to full body is creamy and lively. The finish feels alcoholic. Labeled as “Imperial India Pale Ale” this is as near to it’s own style as no other brew I have sampled; definitely in a class all by itself. I am anxious to try more from the fine brewers at Dogfish Head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Rerate: Still the King of IPAs. Dispite the rediculous hop-load that this beer posesses, it's so perfectly balanced that it doesn't give you bitter-beer face. This is definately my favorite IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
excellent as is all of dogfish head products.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
excellent hoppy ale! a big fun time in a bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Cask. Smooth, creamy, and very hopppy. good, yet not as impressive as other IPA’s and strong ales i have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
The best american IPA I’ve tried. A beautful showcase for west-coast hops. A good malt balance not found in most American IPA’s. Well done. I think the English would really like this stuff.

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