thehinge (279) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a copper color with a small white head...pretty typical of ipa’s. Aroma has hints of citrus and malt. Taste is sweet on the front end with a smooth shot of hops and fruit in the finish. Very good IPA. Sam and the boys are my personal gods....I love most everything they brew.
Palidor19 (3024) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had the 90 minute IPA first, enjoyed that.
Enjoyed this too. The head last very long
Hoppy, but not over powering, caramel flavor. dont like IPA’s that much, but this is an exception
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 15, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect IPA. I love this beer. The color is a golden copper and very consistent between bottle and tap, spot on for traditional style. A whipped creamy white head forms after pouring and chases the beer down to the bottom of the glass. Truly a sign of a world class beer. A beautiful waltz occurs between the rich malt and the hops. Spicy citrus, earthy, and conifer hop elements all exist here in blanced nirvana. Everything I love about IPA is here. The finish leaves the palate clean, dry, and crying out for another taste. For a bottle conditioned beer it possess exceptional clarity. If you don’t like this beer, just give it up now.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
En fût chez American Flatbread, VT. Très belle IPA avec beaucoup de houblon. Le houblon est floral et fruité et symbiose complexe avec un malt caramélisé.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pale gold with yeast particles floating around. A big, quickly fading lacy ivory head. Smell is overwhelming hops and light grassy malt.
Taste is bright and lightly sweet with a pervasive hops bitterness. Tastes of freshly mown grass. Big hops throughout. Round hops aftertaste with a surprisingly light body. Somehow, the grassy flavored malt holds its own against the hops. Very smooth. Would actually be a good session beer for my tastes. A very nice, very different IPA.
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium orange-amber color. Thin cream head which dissapears quickly. Sweet fruity aroma. Very bold and dry taste. Bitter, tastes of pine (like fine gin), hopps. A very nice IPA.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy and copper, with a small head of tiny bubbles. Pretty much what you want from an IPA. The aroma isn’t as strong as I would have expected. Piney and floral hops dominate, and a malty sweetness works it’s way in toward the end. First sip is citrusy, bitter and dry. Yum. As is warms, it mellows out, but never really picks up a maltiness like other IPAs. It’s a good IPA, but it’s missing something to make it great.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I should say that I tend to like Dogfish beers, but nevertheless I think this is exactly what an American IPA should be: bottle conditioned, a little hazy with a strong bitterness complimented by assertive hops in the flavor and finish. This beer also has a good maltiness to balance the hops and is appropriately on the dry side. I’m not a stickler for style (what fan of Dogfish could be) but an IPA should be well-attenuated and dryish. Well done.
caesar (5504) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange golden color, short head. Aroma is very hoppy, typical of an american IPA. Taste is bitter hoppy, bit sweet and dry, spicy, herbal. Full palate, very nice balance.
jb (2372) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The boys from Delaware know how to make an IPA. Big flowery hops aroma to get you excited. Nice white head, long lasting. Some malt in the palate with a hops kick and astringent finish. Good stuff.