Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good strong aroma. Shamless amount of alcohol, they didn't try to hide it nor could they. Hops are there for a second, then ethanol rolls them over. Certainly unique. Not for "responsible" drinkers!
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! 1/2 of a 12oz bottle (thanks Volgon!). I was expecting to get hit with the giant mega hoppiness that's found in Smuttynose's Big A IPA, or Stone's Ruination...but that wasn't the case at all. It was wonderfully smooth and well-balanced. Ok, it might have been hopped like a mofo, but it was so perfectly crafted that it didn't assult me with overt hoppiness. An amazing sipping beer.
egajdzis (5269) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Poured a dark orange color with a small sticky head. Sweet candy sugar, and slighty hoppy aroma. Had a very sweet initial taste, almost like candy, then the alcohol burns your throat on the way down.
Ernest (6151) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 Bottle.
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy light
amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), with notes of alcohol and tomato juice.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is
moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic.
Surprisingly simple, uninspiring, and harsh.
Jayb0 (1001) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2014 I think it’s gone 30 minutes too far. slight film riding an amber colored beer. Lacks the florals of many IPA’s, aroma is more citrus and malt. Surprisingly sweet throughout. Hop bitterness and vinous qualities mingle but for me the beer seems to have competing flavors as opposed to unity. Still, a noble attempt from this great brewery. I’d love to try a bottle five years from now...
Draft 6/2014: This beer has become crazy-hard to get although I’m still not convinced it’s really worth it. The 90/75/60/61 are all more enjoyable. having said that, I liked it better than memory served, and it has gone through changes. Thick, syrupy, a bit too sweet throughout, but nice fruity hopiing, vinous, oddly chocolatey as welll. Fun every 10 years or so :) Upping +1 aroma, +1 palate, +2 overall.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I drank the whole 750 ml bottle last night. I got drunk. But I'm rating it sober today. Not overly hoppy for an IPA, sort of sweet but not thick like the WWS. My girlfriend said it tasted like rubbing alcohol. I can't say that, but the alcohol is noticeable in a good way, it is warming but definitely not the overpowering flavor (like the godawful Utopias).
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2003 I must give a big thanks to hopsrus and francisweizen for the bottles that they provided.
Appearance: It pours a clear golden color with a medium bubbled white head. The head dies pretty quickly.
Aroma: Piney and citrusy.
Flavor: In the first sip (and I emphasize sip, don't try gulping this one) you're hit with a sticky, syrupy flavor. It's sweet, but not too sweet. Little tingles of alcohol pop up & tickle your mouth.
What surprises me is that it's more sticky sweet than hoppy.
desurfer (1211) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden amber body, miniscule head. Aroma is dominated by alcohol, slight malt character as well. Wow! Huge flavor again dominated by alcohol, also very sweet and smooth, but not hoppy like I would have expected. Very intriguing beer, but not an everyday drink. Good choice for my 150th, and a good beer overall. This further solidifies Dogfish Head as my favorite brewery.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle.Smells pretty mellow IMO.A hoppy sweet barley-wine kinda smell(sweet fake pineapple)Looks very nice(slighly hazed amber)For 20 % the taste is dangerously smooth/sweet/Alcoholic.Seems a bit imcomplete(more hops please? or aging or I don't know!)a bit sweet & sticky in the mouth.This stuff is intense but...I'm not sure if it needs some time(aging) or not(probly does)What a beast of a beer otherwise(too sweet to be the "holy grail for hopheads)& I paid 5.79 for a 12 oz.(employee discount)Come to Ronnies in forest hill,MD.7.49 a 12 oz...Head was about an inch/the lace appeared on one side of the glass?Where does all this sweetness come from(malts?)Some dryness in the finish...An "easy" drink that will kink the arse.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Re-Rate 12/19/08 - 12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, citrus, alcohol, caramel, and wine. Poured light brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Opaque. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of hops, grapefruit, caramel, toasted malts, resin, alcohol, and a hint of watermelon. Full body. Sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Hops, caramel, and resin in the very alcohol-hot finish.
8/29/03: Way too much alcohol flavor. More malt than hops (overhopped). I love IPAs but not this one. But hey, all the power to Dogfish. 5/5/4/1/5 = 2.