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RATINGS: 4586   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DirtyD79 (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Definately a strong alcohol taste in this one. Poured out a copper color with a decent head.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drazil91 (41) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2005
hay, citrus, amber, cloudy, frothy, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, astringent, medium body, very bitter. Enjoyable IPA. Cant wait to try 120 or 60

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fogdoctor (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 Pint, approximately 40deg. Excellent overall. Honey like sweetness followed by citrus overtones, malt, and then the classic IIPA bitterness. If it was cheaper it would be my house beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Great, great, great! Beautiful hoppy aroma without all the sweetnes that I have experienced from many of the DFH Imperial/Special brews. Plenty of citrus notes in both aroma and on the tounge!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Wow---Pours amber with white head. Huge aroma of Hops, pine needles, and citrus. Hops dominate flavor with caramel, pine needles and citrus showing up also. Finishes hoppy with a touch of sweetness (caramel). This beer really displays dogfish signature style with an integrated touch of sweetness blending beautifully with rich hop flavor. Alcohol is totally masked. This is the best crafted brew I’ve ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle from Steilacoom Wine and Brew. Beer pours a deep caramel color, very dark even for an imperial IPA. A good amount of head that lasts, nose is definately sweet, and hop, some apricot and mollasis. Mouthfeel is 9%, not harsh, just 9%... this is a BIG IPA and has alot of malt in it... perfectly wonderful for IPA fans and Barley Wine fans alike... Great brew!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
appearance was so-so; everything else was superb; slightly more bitter on the palate than I like (well, duh; this is a super-hoppy beer), but excellent overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciciorock (40) - , ITALY - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle @Mondiale de le biere in Strsbourg Ottimo Aspetto oro aranciato e buona persistenza della schiuma, Non č molto intensa al naso ma il luppolo si eprime in maniera molto fine. Al palato risulta molto frutta e sbilanciata verso note di malto, molto morbida e poco amara Studiata per essere molto gradevole e beverina.Molto persistente e molto armonica...

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2006
The aroma of this beer blew me away. Very hoppy with a delicate bitterness. one of my favorites so far.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Every time I drink this beer, the alcohol kick always sneaks up on me. The first time I drank it, that really got me into trouble. Needless to say, this is a very solid beer that I would never say no to. This imperial IPA shows off a deep caramel color with a fragrant, thick head that gets slightly rocky as it recedes. In the glass, it has excellent lacing and amazing head retention. In the nose, you can really smell the residual sugars, malt and an ample, fruity hop kick that has a solid grapefruity twang to it. There are also notes of pine, passionfruit and pineapple. There are some other pungent fruity flavors lurking under the nose as well. On the palate, the beer is thick, creamy and fruity-sweet with a slight alcohol present and more grapefruity hops with citrus zest and melon. There is an underlying candied sugar quality to it, almost like a musky cotton candy. Either way, it’s delicious. The sweetness doesn’t get cloying, but it can make your lips a little sticky. This beer finishes with more malty fruit and some bitter sweetness. When you put the glass down, the lacing still remains as a testament to this giant. Excellent and semi-sessionable.


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