notalush (4789) - 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.
JFGrind (1837) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sam from DFH presented the bartenders at Friday the Firkinteenth a bottle of 2003 120 minute IPA. After a long night of draining 12 casks of beer and cleaning the bar myself and another bartender split the bottle. The amount of hops in this beer is overwhelming. As stated before in these reviews this is a sipping beer. It would be interesting to cellar this beer for a year or two, let the hops "fall out" and then sample it. DFH does some inovative beers and even though expen$ive this beer is worth a try.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This seems more like a barley-wine than an IPA, but it is very good. This cask serving was not as agressively hop-laden as I expected, and had plenty of malt to balance out this strong, flavorful brew.
sloth (2452) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight, white head.Beautiful bright copper/amber color.Vinous, slightly fruity nose. Med/full body. Pretty sweet up front. Vinous, mead like flavors. Needs more hops to balance out the sweetness. Gonna try to age some to see if it drys out a little. I probably overrated it?! I,d say.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Clear light copper/amber color. Hard pour yields nice compacted white head and lace that is quickly diminishing. Subtle nose of sugar, apricot, maybe slight pineapple, hints of alcohol esters and floral, leafy hops. Very understated as far as the hop aroma goes, if I was blindfolded and smelled this, I would not guess IPA, let alone one of this magnitude. Medium to thick bodied, bit oily, moderatley syrupy, lots of caramlized sugar on palate, candy-like sweetness, fruit juice, grapes, somewhat stiff but not intrusive alcohol character that leaves a slight burn down throat. Hops struggle to really make a mark at first, although they do come out more in the finish and the resins can be felt throughout. Whooa, then the burps start, tastes just like I ate a whole hop field...cool shit. The interplay of almost slick fruity flavors, candy sweetness, alcohol, and hop oils make this one quite unique. As your palate adjusts to the sweetness, the alcohol, the hops, a melding of flavors show through more and makes for a pleasurable experience. Crazy beer and one many IPA fans and purists may not like. I would call it an ASA. Bravo for creativity and pushing the envelope once again. Enjoyable to sip and wrap your mind around.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For being hopped over 120 minutes, this brew showed a surprisingly low hop aroma with sweet malt. The flavor was hops and more hops yet quite mellow. The intense alcohol is well hidden with the malt sweetness. This beer should be bottled in 8 ouncers and sipped from a brandy snifter. Quite enjoyable and relaxing.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very interesting experience--surprisingly mild! As I tried to get aroma out of it, the head brewer said something on the order of "the aroma will struggle to find its way through the alcohol." I love the palate--the sweetness is my style, though it does approach syrupy levels. The hops are so constrained by this, but I see this as a good thing. It just doesn't have the massive hop character you would expect. The brewer told me he checked this scientifically and stopped the process when only 2% of the yeast was alive. The alcohol is really well hidden. Interesting and rewarding. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sweet, syrupy and not as hoppy as I expected after reading the commercial description above. It also left this weird sensation on my tongue...very weird mouthfeel. It hid the alcohol very well, but it is more of a barleywine then it is an IPA or an American Strong Ale. For the price of $18 per bottle (25.6 ounces) it just wasn't worth it. Where were all these hops they were talking about? A bit of a disappointment!
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby colored body. Sugary sweet aroma, light notes of citrus and hops. Rock-candy sweet malt flavor. Slight notes of orange and caramel. Extremely sugary. Hop finish is powerful but not as powerful as you would expect, maybe due to the sweetness of the malt overwhelming it. Hops become more prevalent as the beer warms and the palate adjusts to the sugary sweetness of the malt. Nice combination of sweetness and hops. ABV covered amazingly, far better than either of DFH's 20+ brews (Raison D'Extra, WWS II). Overall the finish is nicely balanced but the malt suffers in complexity due to the overwhelming sweetness.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very surprising ale,
hada light amber color with a thin white head,
understated hop aroma with a big licorice component.
rather sweet with a lemony hop quality.
the alcohol is masked perfectly.
leavesa intriguing aftertaste that was reminiscent of tropical fruit juice such as lychee.