WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is maple syrup with a thin slightly off white head. Nose is hops and sweetness, not to mention a little alcohol! Flavor is very peculiar, and the alcohol is surprisingly light. There is some definite sweetness here, but I'm not sure how else to describe it, really. I like it, but I can see how this might be a "love it, hate it" beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light whiskeyish amber color, light fading bubbles. Brandyish aroma with alcohol and resiny and grassy hops. Extraordinarily sweet up front, sticky on the lips, a swelling of resiny and grassy hops and a super strong but balanced bitterness in the finish. Tinge of alcohol burn around the tongue and in the throat but surprisingly smooth and balanced. A sipper for sure. Despite outstanding balance, it is less complex than one might imagine, dominated by sweet syrupy malts and resiny hops, there are not a multitude of flavors here. Hops linger in the palate forever, as does a prune-like flavor.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of alcohol, some sweetness that I can't quite place, and a slight hoppyness. Flavor is of smooth honey, hops in the background, and alcohol. Even though the hoppyness is preceptible it is no match for the predominate flavor of the honey like malt sweetness which is my favorite thing about this beer. It tastes very much like a port with hops in the background. The alcohol is not overpowering and the beer is full bodied and smooth. Very nice and extremely relaxing.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was really disappointed by this beer. 8.50 Bucks and I expected a real hoppy beer - forget it. Hoppy nose, yes, but sweet. Orange color, no head. very sweet, more like a barley wine. IMO totally out of style.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Pours a medium golden color with a thin short-lived white head. Very sweet caramel malty aroma with strong hoppy notes. Starts with an onslaught of sweet malt syrup, pine, and butterscotch and finishes with a spiced, almost peppery, palate-killing bitterness. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because it helps to hide the alcohol from my taste buds, but not from my throat. A beast of a beer that should be enjoyed with small sips. Well brewed, but too strong for regular enjoyment and lacks the complexity of world wide stout.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is just plain crazy, but who would expect anything less from this brewery. Two words provide a concise and simplistic, yet valid, description of this beer - grapefruit juice. The aroma is huge citrus and malty sweetness. Flavor is most definitely grapefruit, with no discernable gap between hop flavor and bitterness. They just meld into one flavor component. There is also no distinct line drawn between the hops and malt. Seamless, providing a grapefruit juice flavor that is mildly more bitter and with a more complex sweetness than grapefruit juice. 21% alcohol? Where? Alcohol makes little or no appearance in either aroma or flavor. Clean finish. This beer is unique and seems to take extremely hoppy beers as far as they can go, as this has little resemblance to any other very hoppy beer I've tried. While it is unique, if I wanted to drink grapefruit juice I'd just buy that. I always appreciate the innovation that is DFH, but this one just carries the hophead experience a little farther than I want to go.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden color with a lasting white head. This one had been sitting in a refrigerator for many months. Srong hoppy aroma, balanced with the sweet aroma of malt and a bit of alcohol. Well balanced flavor. Not too sweet, not too bitter. This beer is amazing, for something so huge. The alcohol takes a back seat to the meshing flavors of hops and malt. Well made and a must try.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an orangish color with a small head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Strong hoppy aroma. However, the taste was nowhere near as overpowering as i thought it would be. The sweet malt flavor blended nicely with the strong hops. Quite nice, and couldnt taste the alcohol.
temporrari (377) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Sweet. Really sweet. Cloying after a couple drinks. How is this the holy grail for hopheads? 120 IBUs? Where the hell are they? Maybe you could taste the hops if it wasnít so crazy strong. Pretty boozey stuff. Itís not really too bad for what it is, I guess. I wonít buy it again.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok. Here we go. I've been waiting for this beer for 2 months. Washington just recently opened up its doors to beers over 10% abv. The high octane beers have been slowly trickling in for about 3 months now. Pours a very clear light yellowy orange with a tight off white head, with extreme lacing. The aromas are beyond any beer you've ever had. Very little hop and a whole lotta deep, rich malt. The port of beer. The dry hopping is definitly there but overpowered by the massive amount of 2-row Marris Otter. This is not beer. It's barley booze no doubt. It will hit hard so be prepared. I didn't think I would be able to finish it but I have been drinking American strong ale for a few days now so I'm seasoned and bolted down. Definitely not over priced. This is quality stuff. I can see this style becoming a class of its own in the near future. A verrry must try. Long live Dogfishhead.