overall
100
99
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours a near translucent honey color with a white frothy head. Aroma is light and very hard to describe. Hoppy, but not overpowering tantilizing aroma. Flavor is not over the top, it is mild and VERY well balanced. You get the hop surge at first, but that quickly mellows with the malt. In the tail end of the finish you get that typical IIPA bittering finish. Body is medium and quite enjoyable. Leads you to believe it is an everyday drinker, but quickly kicks you in the ass. Wonderful!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
The beer poured a fantastic color with small head. The aroma was faint, and didnt really display the fantastic flavor of this beer. This was a very different beer than anything I have ever had. It was incredibly balanced. The first taste wasnt overly bitter like some IPAs. The after taste was smooth and warming. Its awfully expensive at $2.50 a bottle, but its definitly worth every penny.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Callahan09 (7) - USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
This is a very good beer. It tastes like a fine India Pale, its just stronger. More alcohol, less to drink. Its pricey, but worth it on special occassions. I like the color and the aroma a lot, the flavor is a little bitter but also kind of sweet. Theres a slight harshness as it goes down.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Barrel Draught at the GBBF, Kensington Olympia 05/08/2004 Golden amber coloured with some alcohol present. Fruity bubble gum aroma and flavour. Slightly dry lasting malt finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (6198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2006
A different beer for me. An aroma that I cant describe but an aroma I enjoy sampling. This beer is a hop monster wrapped up in malt and some kinda fruity caramel I think, and all this is locked up by the hot hint of alcohol. A distinct taste that my inexperienced palate learned to enjoy half a beer in. I like the bitter finish and will drink another just to see if I can figure that mystery taste out. If I had rated this beer from a 2-3 oz. sample I would have rated it much lower. YUM!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 13, 2006
On tap.
Pours clear deep amber, forming a dense white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer floating on top and leaves lots of lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is pretty standard PNW-hop fare -- floral, spicy, lemon/grapefruit, a bit of pine sap, and a rather subdued malt profile. And so it is with the flavor as well, where malt is subordinate to the hops as they variously assert their signature citrus, floral and piney characteristics. Malt sweetness is not entirely absent and brings itself sufficiently to bear to assure some balance. Medium-thick mouthfeel, thick palate with bitter floral aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
About time I rated this. Very fruity with caramel, not all very hoppy, almost like a american strong ale light. Good, but mild.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB99 (27) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
WOW, Nice hoppy aroma but not too much as I have seen in some inferior IPAs. Clear copper color, The mouthfeel was great, I think the best I have ever had. It has a nice warming taste in the begining, but finishes off with a great hop.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
What an astonishing beer. 12oz bottle pours a concentrated honeyed color with a layer of head that lasts the length of the beer. The flavor is multifaceted with caramel, robust hops, maple syrup, brown sugar, tobacco, and even a slight touch of smoke. The mouth feel is viscous and weighty and it has just a touch of sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden and the malt is delicately integrated. Top tier beer from an experimental and intriguing brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle pours amber/copper color w/ virtually no head. Agree w/ the last rating- grassy hops w/ less citrus and pine that most IIPAs. Alcohol back ground is well apparent. Good bottled, but nothing compares to this stuff on the Randall @ the GABF.


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