joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber w/ small beige head. Nothing but hops on the nose--floral, citrusy, perfume-y hops. Thick, syrupy feel. Intensely bitter flavour w/ quite a lot of sweetness & some alcohol. Not quite what I expected after the 60 & 90 Minute versions.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I shared a 750ml bottle of this with my good friend, the venerable jgb9348. Temperature was about 55-60 F. It poured with astonishing golden clarity; no sediment, cloudiness or even a trace particle of anything could be found. Smell was extraordinarily intriguing: Massive malt, wholesome hops, abundant alcohol and precipitous pineapple. Yes, pineapple. Head was white, pretty, and shortlived, yet satisfying. I prepared my lips and mouth for a hop assault of the unheard of 120 IBU variety and took a taste: unencumbering apple/pineapple sweetness, the most polished, distinguishable hops I've ever come across, and tongue-wrapping malt. At this point two major things struck me: (1)The alcohol is not as mighty as I had expected, its very subdued, and (2) The malt here is overpowering the hops by a rate of atleast 3/1. If this brew had to be classified by a style, I'd say its most consistent with a barley wine. It certainly is not an IPA. Its remarkable how this brewery is capable of making such intricate products. This unquestionably was an appreciated surprise and a seizure from the ordinary.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 ReRate-12oz bottle. pours a deep orange hue with minimal head. Smells like SNCA. Super sweet flavor, almost to much. Alcohol tingle under the sweetness. surupy and thick. I only drank 2/3 of this one before i couldn't take it anymore!
Bottle-RBSG-6/28/03. This beer ended what was a entire day loaded with great beers. Aroma was super sugar coated hops fused with alcohol. Copper/hazy appearance with lots of carbonation. Little head, only around the rim of the sifter glass. Super-sweet palate, almost wine like due to its alcohol content. more sweet than hoppy.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Exceptional IPA, I wasn't too impressed when I first took the bottle out of the fridge, it tasted more like a barleywine at first, but it just kept on getting better & better as it warmed, don't drink this beer too cold, I think it should be enjoyed around cellar temp, dark copper color, very little head but then again the beer is 20%, excellent balance in the nose, the hoppiness comes through first in the aroma then the huge maltiness comes through, excellently balanced flavors & body as well, again the hoppiness hits your face at first then the distingushable DFH malt & yeast pounds you, heavy body, dry & very hoppy aftertaste, the DFH flavor comes through again the finish, very well-rounded beer, this one again (much like a lot of other DFH beers) mask the amount of alcohol in the bottle, is there no limit to DFH creativity? excellent IPA
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 RB 2003 (Map Room). Tasted so yearly this night this was only my 3rd beer at that time. Well first look: light amber, smallish head, nahhh ... High set of aromas, alcohol teamed with all that hop taht was stuffed in this bottle. After that we had hops, hops, hops all Bavaria and West Coast in one. Other than that sweet and alcoholic.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Map Room-Chicago. Ratebeer Fest 2003-Thanks to Volgon for buying the bottle. Has a huge aroma of sweetness and citrus. Not the hop heavy beer I was expecting. Still, very good but enjoy in moderation.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 RERATE: This is almost indrinkable. Massive thickness is too burning and medicine-like. Hops are piney but seemingly unfresh and garbagey. No possible way I could drink more than a sip or two. Doesn't deserve to be in the same lineup as the 60 and 90! Original rating:Hop overload. Puckered my face at first sip. Alcohol sneaks through the taste but makes itself known to my stomach and brain! Many malty flavors do make thier way to the front but it's mostly just a hop monster with a ton of alcohol. I'll take the complexity of the 90 minute over this one anyday, but a fun beer to try at a tasting, as was the case at the Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2003. Thanks to whoever paid the $20 for the bottle at the Map Room.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2004 Vinous, alcoholic and fruity nose. Inviting. Clear and amber with a red glow. Islands of white, patchy bubbles on the surface. Low carbonation, but surprisingly carbonated for such a BIG beer. Malts are very sweet and sugary; they linger on the lips, so much so, that when you lick them 10 minutes later, you can still taste the sweetness. Alcohol is masked dangerously well. Though, the warmth did slowly make its way down my throat, and eventually warmed my entire body to the point of sweating. Fruity notes of apple and pear surface here and there. Somewhat of a bitter/sour thing going on, too, but very mild. Woody notes add a nice touch. Hoppy, but not as hoppy as I expected. Flowery hops are thick and weighty in a sense, but it's not overtly bitter or nose-burning by any means. No "hot" sensations or major acidity either. How is this possible with 120 IBUs?! Although, the massive amounts of various hops do add a distinctive zing to the beer. Amazingly well-made and very interesting. What'll they think of next?! RERATE, 1-year-old bottle: As expected, hops mellowed and malts matured into a more softer, complex elixir. Alcohol was still more hidden than ever ... but damn if it doesn't creep up on you and kick your ass.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one great beer. It pours a nice amber color with a somewhat lasting white head. The taste was not as hoppy as I expected, yet still so outstanding. It was very well balanced and finished very nicely. This is one beer that stands out greatly and is highly recommended.
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 [original] Tried this at a DFH tasting run by a rep at a local distributor (shoreline beverage) - this is certainly an experience - I wouldn't call it an IPA, more like sweet, hoppy rum - sure, the hops are there, but there is an intense, maple syrup sweetness to it (though not as sweet as WWS 23%) - the aroma is like pine resin, hops, liquor and rocket fuel - it burns the hair out of your nose, but at the very least makes you curious about the taste - as I understand, this beer's high alcohol content was an "accident," but what a happy one - tasty and unique, I wouldn't call it wonderful, but like the WWS, I'm sure it will age wonderfully [re-rate, 11/26/03] I still think that this beer is in no way an IPA, but once you put that aside it's actually pretty good - very barleywine-ish - the sweetness is a little much at times, but I'm sure it will balance out with some aging - they should re-name the beer, remove the IPA title.