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 (12551) - 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 (4734) - 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 (3239) - 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 (2043) - 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 (6457) - 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 (1975) - 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.