verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2004. Pours a deep orange with a very small head that rapidly dissipates, although a few small bubbles cling to the side of the glass throughout. Aroma is of sweet fruit and alcohol. The flavor was grapefruit and hops, combined in a very syrupy setting, along with a big alcohol burn. Overall, I thought the hops were a bit subdued, but I soon realized they were actually overpowered by the other things going on here. I’m slightly conflicted, but satisfied.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For the alcohol content this was an easily drinkable beer. The aroma was of hops, hops and more hops. The flavor of course very heavy on the hops but there was a sweetness to off set the very hoppy flavor with a bit of an alcohol addition. The hops and sweetness did a good job of hiding the 20% alcohol on this one. Don’t get me wrong it was very strong tasting but not more so than some barley wines out there with half the alcohol content. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of this..
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 I was scared of this beer , I thought it is going to be way to hoppy to enjoy.I was
shocked at the sweetness of this beer
Cloyingly sweet and I liked it! It really balanced the bitterness and I got through it easily.I t was like a crazy american hopped dessert wine ,very cutting edge
I am going for two next time I meet this Ale.DFH has hit a home run with this beer
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love strong beer so this was for me.....and IPA’s are a fav. Love the rich thick mouthfeel combined with the fruity sweetness and alchohol kick.....who couldn’t want more? Def worth the price.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5965) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 I had managed to have this one only once before and that was before I started rating. Luckily I had kept a second bottle aside -as price and availability problems keep me from having much of this one around. This rating was for the 2003 batch. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this fine brew poured a light orange color with only a trace of a small yellow-tan head. The aroma is sweet fruit, flowery hops, grapefruit, apple and pear. The mouthfeel is very thick. The beer is remarkably sweet. The flavor is strong with fruity elements and has a sharp hoppy finish. Considering the whopping 20% alcohol in this one I found the alcohol taste to be surprisingly muted. Or maybe I have just been drinking too many high alcohol beers in the last year to notice. Sadly, now my stock is empty and I must endeavor to acquire again...Update 10/27/09 - I have just managed to have this on draft and must say that it is IPA perfection in every way. Sweeter and fruitier on draft and with less alcohol showing through. The score above has been updated to reflect the draft’s perfection.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 alcohol!! thats what this beer is about. Really hoppy. its kinda a kick in the face. Taste good at first but is just too strong for me. dont like after taste either. If your looking to get tons of kick in a small bottle this is for you! way to expensive though for 9 bucks a bottle.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle pours a hazy orange copper with a small off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, funny pine aroma like a mix of Pine-Sol cleaner and Off insect repellent. Super sweet orange, maple syrup and alcohol flavors. Full bodied with a thick sticky syrupy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sweetness. A 12 oz bottle is too much for me, after only a few sips I am done...way too sweet, hard to dump such an expensive beer but I have no choice.
DogfishKing (22) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sigh......I really looked forward to tasting it. I was quite displeased. I would pay the 8$ for a bottle of 90min before I bought this again. Wasnt hateful but the Alcohol made it nearly unbearable and I love strong beer. Nice novalty...not enjoyable.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pulled this out of an old notebook. On tap at andy’s/ Served ina 6oz glass. Very strong alcohol. That really says it all. This is well made, but damn, alcohl!
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I probably shouldn’t have started the night with this one, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Rich bronze, floral aroma, extreme but engaging balance of sweet and bitter, like bowling balls on both far ends of a seesaw, it could have all gone wrong so easily but it works.