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RATINGS: 4435   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   IBU: 90   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (542) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2003
An excellent choice for my 100 rating. Hazy orange color with small carbination bubbles constantly on the move. Aroma was hoppy, but not everly so, floral and spices. The taste was hoppy and bitter as expected, but I think I was expecting more, but thats ok with me. Finishes with an alcohoic kick, just to let you know its there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 small white fizzy head that remains only as a ring. grapefruit citrus with pretty flower/perfume taste and smell. slightly sparkling body thatís a yellow/orange haze. tastes sweet, bitter, and all with alcohol. should i go on? not today. i just want to drink another. UPDATE 8/3/04: so damn smooth. the best IIPA to drink at a party. lots of alcohol to make up for the full body. UPDATE 4/29/05: snifter / tight and complex little (er, big) brew... alcohol, wood, caramel, and light citrus, floral/perfume. actually, i still like it a lot! UPDATE: mix this with Averyís Maharaja!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 This one was sampled from the 12 oz. bottle 10-03 batch.Smells like sweet (malt hops blend)w/ a pineapple edge.I sense the alcohol.Nice hazy looking autumn gold/decent quick fade head/some lace.Very kind and smooth strong ale(though this is the revised recipe? Still some fine sweet balanced hop nectar.More realistic than the 120(still a stellar creation!)Has some dreadnaught characteristics.(I recently aquired quite a few 750's(12-02 batch)Much different than the 12oz. version which I enjoy alot more.The yeast adds an undesirable character IMO,still very good but not nearly as good as a nice fresh bottle.I must say the head out of the 750 is awesome(belgian like)Creamy mouth,awesome mellowing effect(still bitter yet smooth)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Bottle. Rich amber color with a small head. Aroma is of powerful hoppieness with some light fruity/floral tones. Taste starts off stongly hopped but not overpowering. Some lighter citrus comes through and just a touch of balancing malt. Finish is bitter, slighly dry, and warmingly alcoholic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Bottle, basement temp: Iíve had this beer many times, since it came out, but apparently Iíve never rated it before. Iím sure I have, but I guess I just never entered it. Anyway, the beer has a lovely amber hue and a frothy, lasting head. It just sparkles in the light. What a great-looking beer. Malts are thick with flavor: toast, some roast and some baked. Cakey and good. Hops really spice up the nose, providing a sense of "warmth." Alcohol is wholesome and friendly, like a stone fireplace in a snow-covered cabin. Wonderfully flavored, rich and balanced. One of my favs. Rerate, year-old-plus bottle: Vibrant nose. Rather vinous. Seems thicker and creamier, texture-wise. Much more complex malts, with notes of toffee, dates and caramel. Still a big bitterness, but wafty pine notes have faded. Malt lovers will like the aged version better, but hop lovers need to seek out fresh bottles. At any rate, itís still REALLY good! New recipe: Seems to be much maltier, with tamer hops.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Pours a nice golden amberish color...Nice fluffy head with the cascades of hops flooding to the top of the glass. Enticing sweet aroma, you can smell the hops calling you. Nice floral and citrusy flavors, with almost a grapefruit aftertaste. This is a perfect blend of bitter and sweet. So far I haven't had anything I didn't love from Dogfish Head.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2003 Strong Ale. Much like a barleywine. Very good, and and hoppy. If you like hops, then this is a good beer to try. Nice body and aroma.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Pours a nice vibrant orange-hued copper color with a decent head. Good lacing as head diminshed slowly. BIG hop aroma. Very nice body. Flavor is great. Gentle but big up front hop sensation balanced by a subtle maltiness that hides in the background. Not to much lingering bitterness at the backend. Very good IPA. I highly recomend it.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2003
I have a glass of pale golden brew, with nearly no head. I smell flower fields smoldering. It drinks smooth initially, but the hops sit on the back of my tongue. Not unpleasant by any stretch, but I may have been expecting more...

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2011 Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a moderate 1-2cm white head. Aroma is of a smoky, must odor with maybe a hint of fruits. Start is hoppy like like an IPA should be with a smoky flavor. This really smooths out and leaves a mild hoppy after taste. Palate is appropriate and the 9% is spledidly hidden. Although this has gotten a lot of rants and raves, I must admit that I was expecting more.(6/4/9/4/15)----- ounce sample on tap at Davis Beer Shoppe. Soy sauce aroma with hints of Panda Express Orange Chicken. This is just sweet, and annoyingly cloying. Transparent orange body with a medium white head and decent lacing. Starts with a ton of orangey hop character. Becomes fruity and medicinal. Malt character is roasted and a bit burnt. Finishes with sweet, sugary, and sticky flavors. A bit boozy, and unimpressive.


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