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RATINGS: 3332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our flagship beer. A session India Pale Ale brewed with Warrior, Amarillo & ’Mystery Hop X.’ A powerful East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. THE session beer for beer geeks like us!

Tasting Notes: Citrus, cedar, pine & candied-orange flavors, floral.
Food Pairing recommendations: Spicy foods, pesto, grilled salmon, soy-based dishes, pizza.
Glassware recommendation: Pint
Wine comparable: Busty Chardonnay
In case you care... the average 12 oz. serving has 209 calories.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tofubeth (10) - Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Don’t let the ratings fool you. From tap and bottle, this IPA outshines the 90-minute on nearly every front, especially drinkability. It has a lively, fizzy aroma without the aggressive alcohol kick of the 90-minute. If you’re looking for a beer you can drink all night without losing interest (or getting so drunk it doesn’t matter), then this is it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 From the bottle.

Pours a light amber-orange with an adequate head. The aroma is a big rich citrus with a bit of caramel malt; the flavor is sweeter and less overtly hopped than I expected from either the aroma or the reputation. The palate is slightly sticky/oily. The hop bitterness is remarkably restrained early on, only making its presence fully known late in the long finish, and the sweet malt persists a bit too long for my personal taste. 7/3/8/3/15=3.6

On tap, my opinion of this one doesn’t change much; we’ve got a light mouthfeel feel and refreshing if slightly sweet and decidedly fruity taste that gives the malts an ample share of the stage.

Rerate 4/2/09. Bottle at some DC restaurant. I’m not sure why I rated this one as high as I did. Diacetyl, frusty esters, sweet and oily -- yuck.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Aroma is like field full of hops after a rain. What that means I dont’ know I live in a desert but it’s wonderful. Nice golden orange color. Hop balance was perfect on the palate. Very flavorfull and smooth. A good beer. New distribution out here has been great but the beers are pricey, still worh it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frosty (2) - Murray, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
This was my first Dogfish Head, and it certainly won’t be my last. Not too hoppy, not too malty. I think it finds a nice median of the two. It pours golden with an offwhite head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle. Numerous tastings, most recent was an 02 bottle. Orangey gold pour. Piney citrusy hop aroma, with some malt backing. Sweet caramel malt and woddy citrusy hops balance well in flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2834) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottled. Pours a deep golden color. Nice hoppy aroma. Lots of pine, citrus and spice. A fair amount of maltiness as well. Good quality IPA. Nice balance of hops and malts. Easy drinking. Nice bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Pours a touch of orangey yellow with a medium size, lasting head. Aroma is mostly grassy and herbal. Taste is full of herbal, american hops, but is gentle and dry, with a bit of creaminess at the end. Its a weaker version of 90 minute which should be good because 90 minute is pretty killer, but its a little too weakened down.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7564) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
On tap at the Map Room (Chicago). This golden-colored ale poured with a miniscule white head, elicitng a very hoppy aroma. The flavor is classic IPA - a smooth combination of malt and hops with a bite at the finish. Another great Dogfish brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Poured with a golden color and a small white head. Hoppy aroma of citrus and light pine with caramel mixed in. Flavor matched the aroma. Nice but I like the 90 minute better. My most recent tasting of this was an ’03 bottle. Hops were still there but malt stood out much more. Lighter carbonation as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Poured a nice golden color with a two finger head that didn’t really last. Had a good citrusy hop smell, with a little bit of pine to it. Flavor was citrus, slightly grassy, and sweet. Had some good hoppiness to it without being overwhelming, and some malt in there. This is a beer that I would have no problem drinking several of at a time.


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