Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 4640   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2004
Deep golden hue with a decent creamy off white head. Strong citrus nose with a twist of orange. Brutal hoppy taste. This beer is crammed full of hoppy flavour with citrus, flora and hints of caramel. The after taste is long and intensleybitter. This is the full on hop experience for IPA lovers. Fantastic! It is hard to describe the great flavours that this beer holds due to its glorious complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Poured a cloudy orange with a small white head. Strong hop aroma. Strong spicy hop flavor. Alcohol taste is also present. A great double IPA that i will have more of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Delicious and hoppy as hell. To me, this is the standard of Imperial IPAs and all I dream about when I think of serious IPAs. Another good call from Dogfish Head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Extra strong pineapple, floral, citrus, spice, sweet peach, very complex aroma. Gorgeous orange color with obvious strength by how the light is refracted by the thick syrupy body and the numerous bubbles move slowly to the dense perfect white head. Slight chill haze that clears as it warms. Straight ahead hop bomb flavor with a rich malt liquor palate. Finishes sweet and spicy with low percieved bitterness. Very good but a bit sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilsis (4) - USA - SEP 7, 2004 does not count
Lovely amber color with thin white head. I smell hops and banana fosters (banana/caramel/molasses). A little bit spicy, and definitely interesting wthout overwhleming. Emjoyable finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2004
Deep golden orange with fine head. Peach, syrup, malt, orange, candy, and more in the nose. Medium mouthfeel with bitter lingering finish. Roasted flavors, carmel, pine, citrus, vanilla, nice flavors. Not enough malt it seems to support the hops, though this could show more when warm. Not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Very sweet initial taste that turns into hints of the high alcohol percent. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but still very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2004
Its certainly very hoppy, but not too extreme for me. However, like many US hop monsters, I found the overall impression rather too sweet. Big alcohol afterburn. As SilkTork says, Randall wasnt working when we were there, although they did manage to get it set up the following day. Unfortunately the hops, which were supposed to be coming over from the US with the brewer, never turned up, so they had to cadge some from Fullers. Cask, GBBF 2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Very hoppy, very dark for an ipa. I love the bitterness. This is the best ipa I have ever had. ON TAP at DFH Brewhouse in Falls Church, VA. More pronounced hops and a stronger floral quality is present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Poured deep amber with bright white dense head...smelled quite piney and citrusy, also a little alcohol...tasted very smooth with the bittr hoppiness coming on slowly at the end...very drinkable, but definate alcohol in the finish...overall a great beer, but I think a little over-rated...

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