jsquire (3425) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange with an amazing nose of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and rubbing alcohol. Heavily perfumed and heavily syruped flavors, maybe a little too heavy. Tons of sweet and tons of hops. I can't wait to try a bottle after its sat for a year.
BBB63 (6013) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Last of my tastings on the xxminute IPA line. For note that everything about this brew is excessive, big hops, big malt, big aroma, big taste, big alcohol, and of course, big money. Beautiful multicolored hue of brown, red and amber. No head to speak of but one wasn't really expected either, an oily ring on top. Massive aroma that borders on a vintage port with pine hops mist. Raisin, molasses, nut, grape, vanilla, and earthy. I expected a attack of woody hops but found the taste to be vinous in nature with a cleanizing bite on the finish, warming but the alcohol didn't dominate till near the end of the bottle. Oily and soft mouthfeel, full-bodied with a slight alcoholic feel. For all the outstanding qualities, the sum is still less than the parts. Overall I found this IPA/Strong Ale/Barley Wine to be good but not great.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RateBeer Summer 2003: Huge hops mixed with brandy sweetness in the aroma, slightly cloudy orange color with a very small white head. Oily syrupy alcohol mouthfeel, although not bad for 20%. Crisp, sweet and bitter. This is the future of beer.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this would be much hoppier. Clear amber with a moderate head. Floral hop aroma with a bit of pine and fruity esters. The malt really comes through in the aroma with some sugary sweetness. Malts dominate the flavor with some hops thrown in. Full mouthfeel - syrupy and a little oily on the tongue. Alcohol was not evident. Quite enjoyable, especially by the end of the bottle!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark gold with a small white head. Luscious, sweet aroma with raisins, citric hop notes of grapefruit with apricots, some definite whiffs of alcohol, and a tang like fresh hardwood mulch. Flavor starts as superhoppy (duh)--bitter grapefruit. Then a sticky sweet caramel backbone comes on, enhanced by hints of apricot and almonds. Very warming, but little alcohol present in the flavor. Finishes bitter and sweet. Hope they can repeat this gem.
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 Fiery amber colour. Piney, citric aroma, but with underlying syrupy notes. Minty, big malts. A little citrus. Alcohol is surprisingly understated. Interesting stuff - more like a hop liqueur than a beer, and better than I expected given the lack of balance or drinkability in the 90 Minute.
jgb9348 (4706) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I shared the 750 mL bottle with great friend: JonR888710 (as you can see from his rating), and to sum up everything...DFH made another great beer. The beer was served in two goblet type glasses, perfect for sight and for smell. The beer was perfectly golden with a slight head (I didn't want to pour it to vigourously). It was very tough for me to believe, but there was absolutely no sediment, and even held up to a very bright light at less than 3 centimetres away, the only thing you could detect in the beer was very small bubbles rising from the bottom, the way it should be. The smell was very nice...definately piney (from the hops) but as Jon pointed out to me...pineappley. It was a pretty welcome smell, and the aroma was already making my mouth water. The taste was very nice, not too alcoholic and definately not under-complex. A bunch of malt, hops, sugars stuck out big-time. The mouthful was pretty full-bodied, and when you tilted the glass, a bit of oily film would be left, just as the 2002-23% WWS. I don't know why this isn't as hoppy as DFH thinks it is, but either way, it was very welcomed. I'm glad ratebeer has this as an American Strong, and I wish more people would get their hands on it. DFH always creates beers which test the line on what they can get away with and what they cannot...and this one was definately one that they can get away with. I was thinking about buying another 750 mL to cellar, BUT with no sediment and no particles, I don't think it will change much over time. One of the best beers i've had in my short beer drinking history, to be perfectly honest.
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 (3231) - 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.