Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 4553   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (808) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2004
This poured a dark amber hue with a lasting head, with an herbal-citric smell. The flavor was sharp and complex, but I have to go against the masses here and say that I prefer the 120 Minute... the 90 just didn't have the certain quality I was looking for in an IPA. Yes, it's a very good beer, but just not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
"Deep orange color, medium head. Aroma is floral and herbal, touch of grapefruit. A big bold malty and hoppy IPA. Very smooth taste. The over malting is balanced by the extreme over hopping. At 9% alcohol and 90 IBU, you would expect this beer to be much harsher and stronger tasting. It is surprising in it mellowness and subtly. Malts have a touch of fruitiness and sweetness to them. Hops are dominant and are floral and slightly spicy. Complex flavors. Thick taste, thick I will be picking hops otta my teeth for a couple of days. Grapefruit flavor intensifies as it warms. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Beautiful hoppy citrusy aroma. Makes my mouth water. Dark gold/light amber appearance...a little murkey, with a small amount of manilla head. The flavor is a massive onslaught of hops and absolutely no malt taste. Bitter and dry aftertaste. Sits nicely on the palate and you really don't get the full balance until swallowing. Very good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tijean77 (2) - USA - APR 13, 2004 does not count
i wish that i had opened this 750ml bottle earlier. open'em up if you've got 'em...there is no need to wait...hop heads unite and enjoy before all we have are 12oz'ers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 12, 2004
Beer pours a nice thick dark amber. The smell is dominated by piney hops. The taste is dominated by hops as well. Minimal malt balance -- that's fine with me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2062) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2004
750ml bottle: Mine was bottled 12/02 and opened 4/11/04. This one poured a cloudy, dark golden color. There was a big frothy head on it, which settled down rather quickly. Some lacing down the glass. Don't know if the aroma mellowed as it aged, but it is a bit weaker than expected. Still, it has a strong hop aroma, with some lemony notes. Suprisingly sweeter taste with only a little bitterness. maybe even a little bready and lemony taste. This was really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
Bottle pours translucent golden, small milky white head, good lacing, and minor carbonation.   Strong hop aroma, as well as spruce/pine.   Initial taste is of biscuits, slowly fading into the hoppiness that is the IIPA.   That transition is quite smooth, and the hoppiness is quite delicious, not overly bitter, well balanced.   Finishes with a soft sweet maltiness with a hop tinge.   Very enjoyable for a IIPA.   The 9% ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
cloudy amber color, small carbonation bubbles and a nice rising creamy head, highly hoppy aroma with a bouquet of hops mixed with a fruity touch; flavor is hoppy and bitter with a very faint fruity flavor – citrusy, acidic, a bit of bready malty as well

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TracyR (1) - USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
This is a real treat. It has a long and bitter finish. The aroma is very floral with hints of orange, pine and complex sweet/bitter flavours, awesome IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
Had this as part of a 60/90/120 Min vertical tasting and loved it. Gorgeous copper kettles colour with thin off-white, lasting head and lots of nice lacing. Noticable alcohol but smooth and mild. Lots of great outdoors aromas - pine forest, meadows, floral. Very creamy and complex bitter/sweet flavours lead to a dry finish with great bitterness. Really good.

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