ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I purchased this beer back in May and kept it in the fridge. I purchased it a more of a novelty, thinking that a beer with 20% alcohol would be a little too strong, but I was very, very wrong. Aroma was fruity with hints on apricots and sweet malt. Poured out clean clear dark amber with a very small head. Flavor was rich and complex and slightly sweet. Full rich mouth feel and great robust flavors of hops, malt, and fruit. I must say this is the very best IPA I have ever had. The alcohol was well hidden and didnít over power. I just wish I had more!
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I had high hopes for this beer, especially considering the price. But, it just wasnít my thing. The aroma is very sweet with some alcohol. The body is very thick with a syrupy mouthfeel. The taste is just about completely dominated by a syrupy sweetness. Under this is the hop bite and alcohol flavors. Although there is a very warm mouthfeel, the big 20% alcohol is very well hidden. So I can appriciate this beer, I just donít personally like it too much. The syrupy sweetness is just too much . It was hard to finish this beer. Like a cherry cough syrup liquor beer.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden/amber. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, pine, sweet malt and alcohol.
Taste is very sweet, much more than expected with honey, slight grapefruit and toffee. Mouthfeel is more like a barleywine, somewhat heavy. Overall, I like this one, for its unexpected sweetness and interesting flavors.That said, the 90 minute IPA is still better.
This is #96 on my march to 100.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet nose. Good carbonation with good lacing. And look at the legs on this beer! Clear yellow/gold. Sweet cookie flavor. Nice finish. Did not taste like it had 20% alcohol. Watch out! This is a beer to be savored.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my 100th rating. I love the 90 and 60 minute so I anticipated this being the best, but Iím not sure it is. Pours a gold color with amber tones, a nice head that unfortuantely did not last. Dry, and easily the most hopped beer Iíve ever had. Taste improves as it warms and the alcohol is masked well but is still noticeable. The beer has an aroma of hops and more hops, but some malt is noticebale. Still, not well balanced. It was dry as I said, and a little bitterness as it warms filled my heart with joy. A good beer, but Iíll take 90 minute over this any day.
heemer77 (5129) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I continue to be less impressed by heavily hopped Dogfish Heads than those that have less hops. I really wanted to like this, but it is definitely not worth the huge price tag. Lots of little bubbles go lazily up the glass. There is a small head and a light colored copper body. This looks, smells and tastes like an immature barley wine. The smells are dirt, flowers, moss and soybeans at first. Later I also smelled roasted malts. This is very dank and reminds me of deep, dark cellars. The taste begins very sweetly. It later becomes a little more balanced. I tasted cinnamon, toffee, pepper and cloves. Has a spicy finish. An interesting experience, but certainly not my favorite IPA.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I give the aroma a super low score because for the first 5 minutes, it smelled totally skunked. I wonder why? Later on it smelled nice and hoppy/sweet. I dunno, weird. Anyway, It poured a surprising gold color with almost no head, just a thin layer of suds. As far as tasting goes, I was shocked. I was expecting something more along the lines of Dreadnaught, with itís in your face, kickass bitterness. With this, I felt like I was drinking a super-hopped American Barleywine. It was loaded with complexities and hid the alcohol really well, only knowing there was any due to the alcohol burn in my chest. The taste seemed to consist of candy sugars, apples, some berries? Definitely some sweet grapefruit. Nice hop presence in the finish after the silky smooth mouthfeel. In all, it was quite an amazing brew, once I got past the smell and look.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold/light amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is pine, floral, a little roasted malt. Flavor starts sweet and syrupy. Before any malt flavor can develop, BAM!!! Hops hit with a dry bitter middle followed by an alcohol burn finish. Doesnít feel 20%, but strong. Aftertaste is astringant dry. Nice full mouthfeel without too much carbonation. Not a bad beer, but the 60 minute was better.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
not too shabby. iím glad i tried one. and just one. one of these will turn you into a statue. tangy alcohol vegetable odor. light amber-- no head. VERY sweet. almost like an IPA barleywine. a sweet, honey like vegetal elixir with a slight alcohol burn in the esophagus. syrupy mouthfeel. not all that spectacular, but a couple extra overall points for creativity and the fact that this brewery has the balls to push the limits. a nice avant-garde beer.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is intense! Powerful, richly malty. Chewy mouthfeel. Hoppy and dry. Spicy, from the alcohol. This monster is not for the weak at heart! DFH is to beer, what Greg Pease is to pipe tobacco. I find that a good smoke is a very enjoyable companion to beer. DFH and Pease are pushing the limits of their craft and are accomplishing the impossible! Bravo, DFH.