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RATINGS: 4288   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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Oakes (19332) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2001
Amber, brilliant colour; florals, herbs, caramelly nose; body is full of woody bitterness; big flavour with citrus, cascade. The bitterness really comes on strong late in this beer, detracting from the overall balance and coating the mouth. I wanted to see a more expressive nose and less bitterness in the finish.

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2006
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2006) Yellow, white head. Dry hoppy aroma, citrus, floral but also with some smotth malty notes. Really hoppy flavor, oily, fruity, citrus, grassy. Hoppy, metallic finish.

chrisv10 (18700) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2010
Bottle. Hazy amber with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit and lots of hops.

TBone (18542) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Darkish golden color, good creamy off-white head. Barley and rye-bread in the hoppy nose. Bready, hoppy - in the edges sweet - flavor. Medium-bodied. Nicely balanced IIPA and extremely drinkable for such a high IBU.

jtclockwork (17604) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Finally rated this. I have no idea what took so long. Pours a clear amber with nice white head. Nose is very floral with lots of hops and citrus. Taste is citrus, bushel of hops, dark malts and almost a bourbon taste in background.

FatPhil (17333) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2016 Averaging 2 ratings. Experience with BFH implies that they have pretty poor quality control, so not forgiving them for the bad one.
Bottle (EBF2008) (7:3:5:2:9=2.6)
Peachy aroma. Sticky zingy palate. Numbing. 1-dimensional hoppiness, and neither interesting nor exciting to me. Not a well balanced beer at all.
Rerate: 355ml bottle (Cambridge Winter Ale Festival 2011) (7:3:7:4:14=3.5)
Totally different beast from the mess we had before. Very sweet, but a pleasant balance of biscuity malts and very fruity hops. Very drinkable for its strength. definitely doesn’t shout about its 9%, even if a bit gimicky. One of the better US hop-bombs, but a sloppy sugary mess compared to masterpieces like Alpo’s and Jaipur.
Rerate: 355ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut! (6:4:5:3:12=3.0)
Hmmm, between the two.Bitter, a bit harsh.

yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Bottle at Københavnske Øldage. Clear, golden beer with a small, white head. Very hoppy nose, with lots of pine, and beef-stock. Stinging bitterness in the mouth, with pine and beef-stock as well. Long piney finish and full body. Even though it is a nice beer, and I really like hoppy beers, it feels too unbalanced. Rating: 7-4-7-4-14-3.6. (070511)

Rerated at home. Bottle. Clear, golden pour, with a dense, off-white head. Could wish for longer head retention. The initial aroma is very hoppy, with pine, resin, citrus, the usual stuff, then the malt comes forward, with meat-stock and sweetness, as well as a little alcohol touch. The flavor is quite intensely bitter, yet under heavy influence from the malt. Residual sugar, beef-stock, pine, resin, citrus and citrus peel, some caramel and a little alcohol giving it a warming mouthfeel. A full-bodied beer indeed, finishing mostly hoppy, but there’s a well pronounced sugary touch as well. Definately not so unbalanced as it felt the last time I had it. The beer is so hoppy it feels a little astringent in the mouth, but combined with the warming sensation from the alcohol, and all the lovely flavors, it is really nice. Come on mr. Calagione, let’s have this beer in Norway! And big thanks to the_epeeist for sending me this bottle. (070906)

Ferris (17070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle - Sweet malts, balanced with earthy piney hops. Nice bitterness with the mellow piney flavours. Some orange in the finish. A bit of alcohol and a rich oily mouthfeel. A great balanced IPA.

Benzai (16914) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle @ Beer Temple. Clear copper orange color, big lightly creamy white to off-white head that linguers for a long time. Smell a lot of hops, pine, resin. Taste hops, a lot of pine, resin, barley. Bitter, lightly fruity, hoppy aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body.

brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
A: I gave this one a vigorous pour into my Moonlight pint glass. The result is a dark caramel color with two fingers of a fluffy white head and some nice carbonation. S: The smell is much more of a mix of hops and citrus than our West Coast IPAs. A nice balance of citrus and pine hops along with a sweet, caramel malt backbone. T: The hop flavor is mostly bitter grapefruit. There is also a very strong malt component that has a very roasted, yet sweet flavor. The finish is a bit of pine and some more grapefruit. M: This is actually quite full bodied, but that’s not too surprising for a double IPA. The tiny carbonation bubbles help to keep things from getting too heavy. D: For a 9% beer, this is surprisingly lacking in the booziness department (and a welcome change from certain other DFH beers). That said, I still find it hard to stray from our West Coast IPAs which are just so much more hop-centric.

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