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RATINGS: 1786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The elusive brew is made from pilsner malt and amber malt with an original gravity of 26.5?P, yielding an 11% abv. It's hopped with Warrior and Glacier varieties. Primary fermentation takes place in open vessels using two yeast strains, one American and one English. For added complexity, the beer is conditioned on barrel staves of French Oak for four months before being dry hopped with Glacier at the rate of a half-pound per barrel. This elixir is then blended 50/50 with 90 Minute IPA. After blending, the beer will measure 80 IBU and 10% abv. Bottled in corked bottles through Michael Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
Alcohol, nutty marzipan, orange, pine/spruce/citrus hops and a fair doughy yeast character to the aroma. Hazy golden-brown body with low white head that lasts well and laces very nicely. Alcohol up front is quickly replaced by a fruity, citrus, spicy, strongly hopped flavour with some notes of rubbery phenols. Medium body has very aggressive, harsh carbonation that hammers the tongue and strong alcohol warming. Bottle (Downtown Liquors, MA, Jan-05).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Orange/red color with medium sized off white head. Aroma has orange, caramel, toffee, bit of alcohol and oak, and maybe the slightest hint of hops. Also has a faint off odor, somewhat plastic-y. Flavor is strong, malty, slightly sweet, with caramel and hints of oak. I personally don’t find the IPA in here at all. Hops do not make much of an appearance in the aroma or flavor. I guess I’d call it an american strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
Couleur ambrée aux reflets orangés, faible mousse composée de grosses bulles. Arômes très alcoolique et sucrés à la présence de levure caractéristique de cette brasserie (estérifié, pêche et mangue). Saveurs très levurées, levure à gâteau et pommes meurtris rappelant l’oxydation sous une vaste présence alcoolique. Dépourvu de balance et de finesse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Thanks to goldtwins for this beer.

Poured an effervescent deep golden with a small semi-creamy off-white head. Aroma is somewhat subdued but fruity and rather malty, with some piney hops and alcohol... sort of like a weak barley wine. Taste is very much like a cross between a barley wine and a IIPA, though thankfully (for me anyways) the balance is definitely shifted towards IIPA. Fruity malt accents next to strong somewhat one-dimensional hops, with a large alcoholic character. Very interesting, though I would have condsidered classifying this as an ASA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Pours a caramel copperish color with a medium sized creamy colored head. Aroma is a mixture of alcohol soaked malts,cooking oil, and a slight hint of oak. Taste was quite disappointing. The label states that it is a oak aged double IPA, but from the taste it is hardly an IPA, although u can detect slight hints of the 90. This may be better with a bit more aging, but as of now it just doesnt do it for me. More along the lines of a Strong Ale than an IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2825) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
Aroma:strong aroma,cooked vegetable... Appearance:Hazy orange,good head... Flavor:Alcohol,light cooked vegetable,peache flavor,light caramel...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2005
I forgot this was an IPA and after taking a sip I still didn’t remember until glancing over the label. Very much a Barley Wine, big alchohol aroma mixed with a thick, thick floral smell. A great modification to this balls-to-the-wall IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2011 The Lure:
Peaches and oranges covering the alcohol pond, with some wooden hops floating amidst their fruitiness. That "Oak-Aged Imperial India Pale Ale" on the label really creates different expectations, and thus somewhat disappoints when the bottle is opened and sniffed. The hop aroma is rather subdued, but it remains classy.

The Festivities:
A suave, soft mouthfeel, intrinsic to DFH apparently, serves the doughy, biscuity cereals and citrusy hops adequately. Alcohol offers heat, but doesn’t burn. Oak and hops are harmonious. Definitely not as advertised on their label (this is a balanced Barley Wine-like creature), and this feeling is at the source of my partial discontent.

Dressing up a child is cute, but that’s all it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
Clear orange, limited off-white head. No oak apparent in both the aroma and taste whatever the label claim, the hops are not very aromatic either for that matter. We are left with a nutty maltiness, toasty and quite a match (as in being too big) for the sprucey, spicy lime like hops. Honest doughy yeast surprises, apparently unfiltered bringing pear and pineapple esters among the mix. Swallowing, you realise what might have been going through their heads when brewing this, it feels peppery, sherry-like and kinda oxidized, procuring wet paper and spoiled apples hints. Medium bodied, gentle bitterness. The alcohol level is well contained, but the aromatics are so muddled that you can’t help, but being disappointed, the label is kinda pretentious, the price is certainly that of a top shelf product and the base beer that’s been blended with 90 minute feels poor, simple and oxidized, after less than 1 yr in the bottle, at 10%. Sorry if it’s not DFH’s fault, but that doesn’t pass the test with all the good products out there. Weird soily dryness, slightly woody at best, astringent finish. Poor stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 rerate 27 May 2006. Thanks to elnadeau & chilehead for sharing. For whatever reason, this was far better this time. Great balance between sweet & hoppy I had this brew at Dr. BIll’s 12 Hour Beer extravaganza in Anaheim, CA on August 20, 2005. Thanks, Dr. Bill. For a double IPA, this is a bit sweet. Not quite what I was expecting.

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