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RATINGS: 4111   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Cloudy orange, with minimal head. Smooth hoppy hoppy aroma -- rich potential. Much stronger flavor -- big bang, so one-dimensional it’s not funny. Almost pulls it off but suffers for that imbalance. Still a good beer but misses greatness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 12oz bottle-pours a 2 finger high rich tan head. Bright, clear copper-gold color. Aroma is mango & hops. Taste-oily mouthfeel like many 2IPA’s. Balanced hops & malt. Big beers just aren’t my taste, but this was OK. Bottled on 11/25/05 Bottle 140312-rerate 3.7

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 04/28/2003
Mode: Bottle, 750ml
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC

Appearance: hazy orange, thin tan head,
Aroma: sweet fruity malt and big hop aroma,
Body: smooth creamy body,
Flavor: well hopped rich malt flavor, lots of fruity character, only a hint of bitterness in the finish
-------- /> Date: 10/12/2003
Mode: draft
Words: 5 seasons (gwcb)

much more citrus character hiding any of the fruity character
-------- /> Date: 01/12/2005

sweet winey malt aroma, lots of bitterness,
-------- /> Date: 12/10/2005
Score: iii to ii+

Aroma: sweet winey aroma with good floral hops,
Body: thin body,
Flavor: rich sweet malt well balanced by hop bitterness but very little hop flavor at first but it finally comes through,
-------- /> Date: 09/10/2008
Mode: draft
Source: summits woodstock

Aroma: sweet fruity and spicy aroma,
Body: decent body,
Flavor: big sweet crystal malt flavor, nice spicyness from the hops, touch of pepper from the alcohol,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (10781) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2007
Bottle, from Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. Pours a pretty clear redish copper with a small, slightly fizzy yellowish creamy head. Aroma is surprisingly mellow. A slightly tart caramelness dominates along with some citric tones. Very nice and full mouthfeel. Flavour is equally mellow - this isn’t a ’hop-bomb’, more balanced than most IIPA’s. Not to say it isn’t bitter, there are citric and ghrassy hops aplenty. A good finish on a sweeter caramel note as well as a lingering viniousness. A terribly well-balanced beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2007
Quite light amber with a big solid head. Surprisingly malty aroma, with caramel, grain and some dried fruit - the hop notes are grassy and citrus. Dry and bitter but with a giant malty mouthfeel. The bitterness has a tobacco-like astringent touch which isn’t bad at all. Some alcohol. After being underwhelmed by the bitterness I checked the date to see if the journey across the Atlantic could have killed it. But it was bottled in April, and I was disappointed in May and in June. I’m just not a fan of really malty and sweet IIPAs. But store it three years and I’ll probably love it as a barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10607) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2008
bottle, bought at ølbutikken, cph. denmark. ar:hoppy, fruity, raisins. nice amber, small light brown head. flavor is sweet and hoppy, slightly fruity, aftertaste is very very good, You need to drink a good deal of the bottle before all impressions settle. also watch out for temp. A very good ipa, but not more than ’’somewhere’’ in the best 10 i’ve had. i’d like a more solid mouthfeel, a less barleywineish aroma, a stronger aroma, and better looks.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
Clear amber with medium off white head. Sweet aroma with loads of caramel, toasted malt and hoppy notes. Sweet flavor with grapefruit, pine, caramel and loads of hops to finish it off bitter. Excellent!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10348) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
12 oz. bottle; in my possession over 3 years. Rich aroma of ripe light stone fruit. Hazy ripe apricot color with a creamy beige head that flattened, laced, and did interesting things. Medium bodied, with crisp carbonation. The flavor starts with pale raisin, citrus, and something floral. The malt approaches caramel, but it is quite balanced by the hop - bitter and floral. It really pleases the mouth, and the finish is primarily dry, a little fruit lingers, and surprisingly unbitter. Well, it’s bitter, but it is so nicely set off with fruit aspects, like apricot all of a sudden. This is one of those ales that just demands full attention for savoring. This one makes bitter non-bitter, but bitter. Try it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour. Malty, hoppy, fruitish and alcoholic aroma. Flavour is quite sweet and hoppy with a good fruitiness and some spices, alcohol and with a pretty bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle. Finally!!!! Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. not as powerfull as hoped but nice citrus/mango notes. Heavy bitter wonderfull balanced flavor. Long great finish. Creamy palate. Wonderfull beer.


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