Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one is an absolute devil! I had no clue that this one packed such an enormous punch, it hides the alcohol content extremely well. This was insane. The flavor was an assortment of hops, with grape / wine flavored body, and a powerful aftertaste of fruit infused with whole leaf hop. Simply a dynamite combination of flavors and attribute makes this one a keeper.
I can definitely see how this can age well, itís like fine wine. I should probably buy a case and let it sit around for years, enjoying it well into the future. Extremely recommended.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours beautifully--deep amber with a medium bright white head. Lots of bubbling going on. Nice IPA aroma of citrusy hops, surprisingly no alcohol. Flavor is much sweeter than I had expected--almost feels like a barley wine until the hops hit you in the back of the throat. The alcohol somewhat overpowers what would otherwise be near-perfect flavor--I almost had to chase this thing with an imperial stout--but the 20% becomes less noticeable as the beer progresses. I think it goes without saying that this is not a very drinkable beer. Still, pretty darn good.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, lots of strong opinions on this beer...because it is a beer to be reckoned with for certain..
Letís start with the first impression...
A small head tops this golden orange pour...Great citrusy hops evolve from the tiny head...then a floral hoppy aroma tags behind...and the final wave of the complex aroma is the smooth malt that tries to real in the wild hops...
...my tounge was then met with this very sweet yet spicy concoction of montounaous monstrous malts and humungus herculean hops...
these two amazing strengths of flavors balance each other, but to an awfully intense level...
the high alcohol content is very well masked
Palate has a creamy a very good mouthfeel...This certainly is not for the faint of heart...I like strong flavors and lots going on in the aroma and taste so this one went over fairly well with me....still I would choose their 90 min IPA over this one.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!Smells of dirt and hops.I knew that i now have to try it.Full flavor of hops overload.This is one heck of a beer.At first the alcohol was hidden and then wham it crept up on you.You must respect this beer and its brewers.Next time i drink this delicious brew I will bow before it.Dogfish HEad does it right again.MAybe they need to give lessons to their friends in Boston on how to brew high octane beer.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Pours amber, no head. Almost wine like the alcohol is completely here. Nothing but hops with a sweet barleywine like taste and a cringing amount of alcohol. It is what it is.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber with almost no head. Strong piney hop aroma. Sweet malt taste up front fades in and out with the hops. Flavor is everywhere. Big hop bite at the end with an aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Reminded me of Dreadnaught in a way. Canít understand how this beer only has a 3.8 average. Even at $9 a bottle it is worth every penny.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Just an absolute fun beer to drink. I treat this stuff like it was a treasure. Flavorful, smooth, and enough in one bottle to sit you down this beer has it all.
Very rarely do you find a beer that can be considered a definitive artform, this is one of them.
hrnplr (5) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What can I say? Not my favorite style, but I couldnít imagine anyone doing it better. The hops arenít even as intrusive as the regular arrogant bastard, but the flavor is incredible. Everything is beautifully balanced; its strength is masked by the wonderful choice of hops and the perfect amount of carbonation...
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aug, 2003: Bottle. Gentle citric aroma. Huge syrupy thick flavour - spicky and shocking, almost revolting. Doesnít invite further investigation - in fact, the opposite. A gagging action comes into operation after a few sips. A true drain pour. A crude and excessive beer that doesnít taste as if itís been fully brewed out.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark amber orange color. smells like a hell of a lot of hops. superb mouthfeel, just the slightest alcoholic tingle (20%? how??). hops on the palate everywhere except the finish, which is sticky and malty sweet. lots of hoppy flavors, like grass, grape, pear. coats your mouth like syrup. awesome beer.