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RATINGS: 4279   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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klaing's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
klaing (282) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Clear amber with good head. Heady malty aroma with a dry hop perfume. Rich malt taste, very nice, but the hops are off, or my taste buds are, kind of metallic. So great until then. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Mlabe (7) - harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2017 does not count
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Daboch (196) - Gdansk, POLAND - DEC 9, 2017
Piwo koloru bursztynu, piana obfita i trwała. W aromacie pierwsze skrzypce gra słodowa słodycz przełamana lekką goryczką chmielową. W smaku podobnie, piwo pijalne chociaż po kilku łykach czuć lekko rozgrzewający alkohol.

wombat23 (1842) - Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2017
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours amber-copper with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Taste is caramel, citrus, resin. More malty than the average IPA. Good.

darbeer75 (1056) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2017
Aroma: malty, with some white wine notes; good; Appearance: mostly clear caramel pour with creamy offwhite head; Taste: good flavors but without an iipa bite. Leaves it a little cloying. Palate: heavy body with long sweet finish; Overall: good but doesn't seem worthy of a top 50 rating.

Ccarson80 (6) - - NOV 22, 2017 does not count
This is a wonderfully complex beer with what smells to me to be a coffee aroma. I love the heavy malt flavors with the great balance of hops and bitterness. I can see why it is so highly rated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

IPAExports4 (4) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2017 does not count
bottle, pours clear amber with creamy off-white head and lacing. aroma is subtly sweet, malty, caramel, flavor: malt, citrus, complex, palate: medium-bodied, finish: long, not bitter

shawnmurphy (637) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2017
12-ounce bottle pours clear, bright golden-orange with respectable creamy off-white head and lacing. Aroma: subdued sweetness -- caramel and some dried dark fruits. Flavor: malt-forward (caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar), hazelnuts, fresh-baked whole wheat bread with butter and creamed honey, spruce gum, balsam needles, dank pine resins, some char. Mouthfeel: medium- to full-bodied, slick finish, with a booze warmth that kicks in at the tail end of a sip.

pappabear (23) - Granbury, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2017 Looks more like a Oktoberfest or a Boch . Smells good, but not like an IPA. Had white head with very good lacing. The taste is kinda hoppy with mild citrus, a bit sweeter then most IPA'S . I tried this beer before and I remembered it being better then it was.

Jyrsa (973) - - NOV 1, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2017 Semiclear with lively fizz from bottle. Citrus, grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit. Pine, herbs, resin and a caramel finish. Robust body with a sticky palate. A nice DIPA.

Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 20, 2017
From Mar 2007

Pours from 12oz bottle(room temp) a clear medium gold with a large head of foam that srinks slowly to a solid layer with lots of lacing. Very impressive looking beer.

The smell has nice grapefruit aroma with some spicy notes and a bit of sweet malt.

The taste on first sip is very citrusy(grapefruit & lemon) giving it good hop bitterness but it's balanced by a strong backbone of caramel malt and boy, does that work for this DIPA. Further sips in and the malt actually becomes the dominant feature of this brew and the warming from the alcohol also starts to play a part. Ahhh...this is great stuff. I'm so pleased Colorado is a distribtion point for Dogfish Head beers.

More sips in and it's like a seesaw ride. First the malt is dominant, then the hops are. I have to say, for a 9%abv brew, this one's drinkability factor is outstanding!

I'm just finishing what's left in my glass and I couldn't have enjoyed *any* DIPA more. So much taste and yet, so damn smooth and easy drinking. World class brew imho.

Bottom line: A nectar of the gods! I couldn't recommend it more!

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