IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big piney/citrus hop aroma, some caramelly sweetness as well. Poured a medium amber color, thin head, with a bit of lace. Flavor is predominantly sweet, much to my surprise. Tasted like an aggressively hopped barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and some hops round it out. Big body, but alcohol is not very well hidden. Although hoppy, not anywhere near as hoppy as I expected. Pretty good, I just think they'd be better off calling it something other than an IPA because the hops just don't bite.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep rich amber color with a small off white head. Strange oily, floral, citrus nose. Flavor starts very rich, sweet and flowery hiding the alcohol and extreme hop bitterness all to well. The finish is light orange peel bitter, lingering and somewhat dry with a mild alcohol burn in the throat. Rich smooth palate, but this brew is over-rated, over hopped, overly sweet and way over priced IMHO. The 20% ABV does, however, serve it's purpose !!!
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to agree with Matta, though my ass is more cream colored than white. There are definitely hoppier beers out there. Extremely heavy bodied with plenty of sweet malt flavor. Alcohol is astonishingly well concealed for such a beefy beer.
bigbish (511) - California, USA - APR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good beer. Not as hoppy as I expected, but more of a sweet syrupy flavor. Definatly worth a try if you can find it. Not worth the $8 a bottle I had to pay though.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Hopasaurus Rex of beers. I was scared to try this beer being 21%, but I loved it. I was expecting "brown water" but got far more flavor than I expected. This beer hides the alcohol fairly well. Thumbs up!
garrison (757) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 I had a 4 pack of this one as payment for fixing a friend's wife's computer... it poured a dark, reddish hue, with a small, quickly fading tan head, and had a very thick, sticky body. The aroma was one of citrus and grain, and the taste was full-bodied, complwx, and quite striking! I like this beer!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Rating # 441
This beer is truly a work of Art! How ever did DFH create a beer this potent and dangerously drinkable, I will NEVER understand? After all the bottles that I have opened in the past few weeks; my former 3.7 rating will be taking a bump up!
Yet another brew that BeanDip and the Monkey supplied at our Friday night tasting.
Poured with a golden bronze body and a fat rocky white head that stuck around for the party. The aroma… as my girlfriend suggested, “That smells like Cheesy Bread,” and it did to some extent. I noted a rather sweet and sourness to the beer, somewhat liken to apple vinegar, vanilla, and a molasses combination.
120 IBU’s My White Ass! The flavor had a considerable smokiness to it, very syrupy and molasses like, IMO. I detected some bitterness in the initial finish, but this beer was very sugary sweet overall! Massive suggestions of caramel takeover and make this cousin to a liquor. The palate was very slick and creamy which was very nice……. but come on, what’s going on with this brew? I suppose I need to sample it again…. I distinguished less IBU’s in the 120 than I did in the 60 min IPA?
Thanks again to BeanDip and Michael for having us over!
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very unique. Pours clear amber/orange color. Had a rocky white head that stuck around. Definately could smell the high alcohol content and the high hop content. Tastes sweet and oily and spicey at first but quickly finishes to a crisp hoppy bitter aftertaste. I rather liked this brew, would go nice with some sharp cheese.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear, reddish/orange/amber color, not much of a head, strong alcohol aroma, hops, some sweet malt, pine and grapefruit; flavor has a definite alcohol presence and a slight burn, tons of hops, oily and bitter, some citrus, pine, and grapefruit, some sweetness, rich texture, powerful and warming, dry, not so smooth but well done
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting brew to say the least. Smells like a fruit and cheese tray. Big alcohol in nose and taste. Swear it tastes a bit like seasoned pork. Kind of sweet. Slick texture. Same lovely color as ApriHop. Really didn't seem 120 IBU hoppy at all to me - compared to the 90 min. that is. The 21% kicks you hard. Nothing like I was expecting. Very interesting and quite enjoyable.