schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has an almost harsh bitterness. Low aroma but this is better than most Dick's beers. It is okay though, just not fantastic.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have to disagree with 'drismyhero' and say that I liked the abundant hop flavor. However I wouldn't say that this is at the top of my IPA list though either. In my opinion it is Dick's best beer and overall a worthy attempt of an IPA.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2003 You know...there was once a case of a man who drank himself to death, not from alchohol, but from water. It is well known that too much of a good thing can most definitely be harmful, but it is also possible to overdo something not only good, but vital for survival...like hops. If you were to find the beer lover's food pyramid hops would be right there at its foundation: 4-6 doses daily, but this beer is a bit over the top. The hops are very tasty, it smells delightful, but the bitterness is everlasting and drier than shit. There is a ton of flavor here, and if it were crafted better and not so overly dry and bitter, this could be very reminiscent of the Stone IPA.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy light brown, thick tan head. Citrus hop nose. Grapefruit hop flavor with lasting finish
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy amber with large tan head. Make no mistake, this is a hella hoppy beer. Delicious floral hop aromas and good bitter taste, but way short on the malt front. A big beer only in the sense of the hops. The lack of malt coupled with enthusiastic carbonation lead to the impression that one is drinking hop flavored club soda. Pours viscous, but mouthfeel is actually quite thin. The finish is disturbingly dry. Fizzy hop water; no thanks.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hopped to the extreme. Smells better than tastes, unfortunately. There is no balance because there is very little malty sweetness to temper the outrageous bittery bent. Nice head though.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is fruity/hoppy with a touch of yeast--very inviting...The taste: impressive layered hop attack--powerful but not strident; the fruitiness discerned in the aroma re-emerges in the finish...There is enough malt presence here for a conventional ale, but I’m not sure it is enough to balance the powerful top-end of this brew! Still, flavor carries the day here...Hopheads rejoice!
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at the brewpub in Centralia. This is some seriously hoppy beer!! A good over-the-top hoppy IPA. I think 1 pint of this has more hops in it than an entire case of Budmilloors. Being a hophead, I liked it. For others, this could cause hop overdose. From the beer menu at Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse ’On a hop scale of 1 - 10, this is an 11’. A fine example of an IPA that WILL ROCK YOU.
SISSIES BEWARE.. HOPHEADS PROCEDE AND ENJOY!!! (This is claimed to be 94 IBU..)
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
perhaps the most bitter tasting beer I’ve ever had. pallate is oily (presumably from the hops), the nose is sharp but floral. we are talking serious hops here. unlike some other extreme IPA’s I’ve had - it doesn’t have the malt / alchohol to back it up - so the experience is kind off-balance. predominant flavor seems to be citrus / grapefruit.
if you are a -serious- hophead you might enjoy this stuff - for me it’s too much.