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RATINGS: 4352   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerd16 (225) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Overrated. Doesnít have the mighty dank, fresh hop presence of a Pliny or Un-Human Cannonball, Ruinten. Nor the competence and refinement of a dreadnaught. It seems a little rough round the edges. Esquire donít know shit about beer. Malt is dominant in the aroma - Maple syrup, caramel, a little bread, maybe a little molasses. Alcohol. Some pine and dirty citrus. Thereís an unpleasant ammonia undermining it all. Tastes moderately better than it smells. Sweet brandy, vinous initially. Before some deep, pleasant caramel malt. Sturdy and supportive. Barley and grains emerge. Moderate piney bitterness. Rising pine. Very little citrus presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (5085) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2014
Lovely hazy orange golden color with a fine off white head that leaves a fine lacing down the glass. Would have expected a bit more powerful aroma. Mild tropical fruity and grapefruit hoppy. Thick oily liquid. A bit sweet with a fine bitterness. Well it is actuallt some wheat in this one. That explain why I get a little bit banana feeling. Did not do it any harm. Would have been a veeery sweet dessert wine without the heavy hoppy balance. Tropical fruity, oranges, grapefruit hoppy and some banana in the flavor. Lovely evening sipper.
[Bottle from a trade with CH-303]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWorta (768) - LUXEMBOURG - DEC 30, 2014
Crystal clear orange colour with a dark white head, good lacings. Aromas of marmalade biscuit malt and raisin arise. Somewhat effervescent texture with fruity raisiny sweet flavour notes supported by some bready biscuit cake flavours. Light bitterness lingers on the back of the palate for a good while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1867) - FINLAND - DEC 29, 2014
A dark yellow, slightly orange beer with a medium and blond head. The nose has strong fructose and slightly caramelly sweetness, some tropical fruits and rainy pine forest, also strawberries. Taste isnít so sweet as aroma, however there is strong caramelly maltyness, riped fruits, some pine needles. Probably, there is strong bitterness as the high sweetness is drying. Otherwise, the bitterness isnít feel very strong but balanced. Almost full bodied but not heavy, nice carbonation. Not as tropical DIPA as I expected, more riped fruits. Good balance, despite of the strong maltyness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersammich (63) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Smells great, looks nice, pours with a great head. Taste is fairly sweet for an IPA. Very nice beer all in all. Have had in bottle and on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (257) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2014
355ml bottle from Saveur Biere. Bottled 07/09/14.

Clear orange colour with a big white head. Caramel, alcohol, sweetness, fruits. Nice but probably lost the best shape already.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
samzim (279) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Floral aroma with notes of malt and lychee. Clear copper colour. Sweet butterscotch front with flavours of orange, bourbon, and cereal; mild bitterness with quick finish. Medium body with mild carbonation. That is a really tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
essjay (17) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 Chilled 12 oz bottle from local supermarket. Have been on the West Coast in the Bay Area for 6 months and said would never buy an East Coast brew coz it would not be needed. But tried this today. Outstanding, as others have remarked a great balance between malt and hops. This is truly one of the greats of US craft brewing. Would love to try on draught.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trappist1 (615) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
@Pegulier pub (NYC) golden, misty with a full off-white head. nose: a lot of hops chocolate, spices. taste: caramel, chocolate. bitter sweet, bit dry. soft body, small in carbonation. good full MF. probably one of the strangest "IPAs" I ever had. Imperial indeed. crossover.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Arcadia (59) - DeLand, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle from ABC. Pours a perfect, shimmering golden amber with a frothy white head and ample lacing. Smells of floral, citrus, herbs, with an earthy backbone and some lingering malt. Flavor is bitter and somewhat sweet throughout. Full bodied, creamy, and smooth on the finish; taste lingers, and it is wonderful. A long time, all-time favorite. Acquire.

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