dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 750ml bottle. I was expecting a lot of hops character. This didn't have any. This is a very good beer. Nice and sweet and high on the alcohol. The alcohol took away a lot of the hop flavor.
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought some from the online source vintage cellar in VA. I just opened a bottle last night and in my opnion it was close to amazing. Nothing like the 24% wws which to me tastes like hard alcohol. The 120 minute actually is not hoppy enough to meet the sweetness but it is damn close to. It is a beautiful beer. Not too carbonated (like most beers that use champagne yeast are). It is actually hard to taste the alcohol. Nothing like earlier reviews from people who tasted the keg and said it was spoiled or too thick or gooky. This beer looks beautiful and professional and it is a joy to taste. I guess this beer proves the theory that at a certain point hops can get more flavorful or bitter in a beer because it still wasn't enough for me. Great job Dogfish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hopscotch and I drank this big bad boy as our capper to a great day and night of beer tasting. This beer is Imperial IPA like none other! Awesome stuff from the bottle. Read HS's review below. We pretty much agreed on everything this beer had to offer. For those who like this style, you have to find yourself a bottle soon. Don't miss out! Sam...is there a 240 in the works? Bring it.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oak aged: Looks like juice - a nice orange, pineapple, apricot juice. Aroma fully of pulpy apricots, mixed with raw hops flowers - amazingly fresh fruit flaoburs - dominated by pineapple, some oranages, a sweet grapefruit. . . Dull subtle hops on the palate, but a lingering bitter flavours do come out. Uncompareable to the 90 minute, something amazing happened in the next half hour, but a 750 would probably be a lot to finish.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 2003. The re-rate: Bumping my rating up a notch. Completely sober this time around. First beer of Memorial Day weekend 2003. So thick, so rich, so good, so deceptively high in alcohol.Original rating 2003... This beer rocks!... It pours a thick, crystal clear amber hue with a small, creamy white head. Mostly diminishing with no lacing.
The aroma is of black pepper, pineapple, Rome apples, evergreen, apricot... I could go on and on.
The flavor is crazy-rich, malty and sweet... an entire field of barley must have gone into this bottle. Black pepper, pineapple, green apple, caramel and toffee up front. Not quite completely balanced, but a damn nice try with citrus/evergreen/bitter hops. C’mon, 21% ABV? A splendid flavor and attempt at balance.
Very full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. A medium-length, piney finish with more spruce and pine at the wee end. An excellent Imperial IPA!
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 (2003) Very hoppy nose. Big fluffy head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Great clarity. The alcohol is well hidden. Very fruity (peach) and sweet. I do not feel 120ibus is enough for a high gravity beer like this monster. A good experimantal brew. Under hopped!
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very unique to say the least. not much on the nose, or the head. It is a bit sweeter than I was hoping for, and the sour finish lasts a long time. A bit too sour for the level of sweetness. I was hoping the hops would have made it more dry and bitter. Not bad overall, but one glass is enough. I will say that I would have never guessed that this beer is 20% abv. The alcohol is masked to say the least.
OldGrowth (2413) - North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Draft: Wow. I would call this a hopwine. Nose wasn't as strong as I would have thought. Cloudy orange looking. Pineapple was exactly what I thought. A fun one to try. Wonder if they'll try selling this one.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boston Beer Summit 2003: They're high if they think this is an IPA. It needs to be reclassified as more of a barleywine style ale. The color was murky brown and clouy, almost a little scary. The aroma was hoppy and sweet. And the flavor was powerfully sweet wih a hoppy rush and bitter finish. Some REALLY nice citrus overtones to it as well. I'm REALLY glad I was a volunteer at the event and got to 'line jump' to get to try this one. To those of you at the Beer Summit who didn't, I'm sorry.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2003
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tried this at the Barrel Aged Beer Fest. SOUR!!!! I do not think this was the intended effect. The beer was cloudy and really did not approximate what the other DFH IPA's are about. The beer was sweet and tart which would be ok if the intended beer was a belgian sour. Very dissappointing.