Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 4605   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Hops and pine at the nose. Very complex and big flavorfeaturing hops aplenty yet also having a definitve malty backbone. Bitter but only to a point where it is recognized and enjoyed. Dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
12-oz bottle. Pours copper with tiny slow to fast rising bubbles and a huge foamy off-white head that literally begs you to grab a spoon and dig in. Excelllent creamy lacing. Fruit (peach, plum and grape) aromas with hoppy pine notes and a light roasted caramel nutty malt (straw) and yeast (dough) nose. Moderately bitter sweet caramel hop and buttery maple flavor with light acidity and barley, oat notes. Medium bodied and creamy palate with a warming feel, finishes dry and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Pours a cloudy golden amber... malt hops and slightly citrus in aroma... slightly bitter... a little sweeter than anticipated but not super sweet either... hoppy aftertaste and a dry finish... perdy yummy if ya ask me

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a creamy eggshell colored head. Head is dense and frothy. Thick sheeting lace. Smells of...hops. Bitter and citrusy, orange rind. Taste is variations on the first sip. Goes something like this: hoppy burn, alcohol burn, sticky rich malt. Rinse. Repeat. OK the alcohol burn is understated and slow to build which actually make it quite warming in the gullet. The hops are an explosion and actually burn the tongue a bit like a good habenero sauce would. There is some citrus in there but mostly bitingly bitter herbal hop flavors. The malt is rich and sweet, molasses, burnt caramel and such. Mouth is sticky, the hops for all their glory do tend to get washed on the tongue by the considerable malt but do linger on the roof of the mouth forever. And your teeth. Great stuff, did this one right they did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Very nice hop aroma, a nice mouth feel, a little dry after wards like a typical IPA. A nice complex hoppy flavor one of the better IPAs I have had yet. Just wish I could get it somewhere here in GA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Very malty without being too sweet, this is an IPA afterall. Medium bittnerness and good hop aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
12 oz bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. Poured cloudy. A good IIPA but not as good as others Ive had. Great Divide Hercules is much better, imho. Wished this had more Amarillo or Cascade hops in flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2005
More complex than my favorite 60min but somehow does not taste as bitter or as hoppy. I like the real hoppy flavor better but this is still an enjoyable ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Composite rating: from the bottle and on tap.

Pours copper-orange and clear with a full and long-lived head for the style. The aroma is, unsurprisingly, a hoppy grapefruit and juniper. This one is rich on the palate, oily with a drawn out and complex rush of flavor.

The flavor was sweeter and maltier than I expected upon my first sample (I was better prepared upon later encounters.) This is not a bitter IIPA (the glass of Rogue IIPA that I was drinking at the same time was far more intense and far more bitter). Instead, one gets a suite of sweet alchol/fermentation flavors, banana esters, and lots of syrupy sweetness.

I dont understand the hype here. Like most of the beers coming out of this brewery, the hype seems be way out ahead of the product itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 12 oz. bottle. Pours a orange-copper color with a thin head. The aroma is the best of an IPA or Double IPA, IMO. It hits you with a sweet, intense hopiness. Like sticking your nose in a fresh bag of hops. Mouthfeel is viscous, but not overboard. Taste starts sweet and finishes with a sweet bitterness that lingers for a long time. You can tell care went into providing a good malt background for the hops.

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