beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden blonde yellow in color with a small fluffy tight off-white head that fades to a skim always present and minimal spotty lace. Smell is quite nice, grassy all the way, lots of freshness, grains, field grains and leaves, fresh cut hay, a touch highly sweet in some citrusy lemon peels with a lightly toasted bread like backing. Nice smellin' IPA. Taste is smooth and calm with a creamy start, gains a solid medium feel and bold filling hoppyness thats easily bittered up front and a bit juicy and pulpy. Hops are nicely blended in with mild grasses and bitterness, comes across fresh and lightly dried with very small hints of pine, soft earth, and citrus. Finish has alot of complexity with some hop resin bitterness and toasty maltedness, some of which really sticks around long after each sip becoming slightly drying. Nothing to strong mind you, all very mild and easy, but flavorful and enjoyable. Very nice feel, a nice crescendo of creamy to pulpy, to nearly full, to a nice easy fine finish with lingering bitter tones and a small dryness late. A nice IPA, one to keep around for a quick hop fix.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dull, fairly hazy copper with a full tan head. Very flowery hop aroma, as well as some chalky yeast. The Ringwood notes seems to vary from batch to batch, and they’re quite faint in this bottle. The flavor has a decent amount of bitterness, as well as some flowery, citric hop flavor. The malt base is restrained, but firm with some bread and light caramel. Those characteristic, fruity Ringwood notes show up towards the finish, enhancing the complexity. Some pine and citric hops add length. Fantastic bottle-conditioned mouthfeel, with a creamy, rich body. Adding the yeast dregs at the end only improved upon it‘s great mouthfeel. Overall, a well-made IPA that thankfully doesn’t let their Ringwood yeast strain take over the flavor profile.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle conditioning gives this IPA not only a healthy hoppiness, but also a slight taste of the raw hops themselves. Don't let that put you off, though, it's not excessively hopped to the point of being undrinkable. Serious hopheads may consider one of Dogfish's stronger offerings, but the majority of drinkers may prefer this brew. Good for an IPA, not exceptional as such.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Hazy orange with a thick, lofty head that retained well ... and for some reason, it really caught my attention. Arousing nose. Thick, milkshake-like mouthfeel up front; carbonation creaped up right behind. Surprisingly nice malt base: chewy, cookie-like and honest. Hops were very juicy, floral and rounded: orange, pine, lemon and apricot. Heavy bitterness in the finish. Pleasing to drink. In a way, the hops seem to stand out much more than the 90 or 120.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation is a hazy amber close to golden, nice color, but the head won't last. The aroma is interesting, rather complex, a little woody with notes of cigars, sweat(!) and earthy hops. In mouth, the mouthfeel is excellent, very clean, smooth. The taste is geared toward flavorful hops, grassy, piney, earthy, orangey with smoky tones even. I found the hops attack to be somehow not sticked together with the rest, so I wouldn't boast the excellence of its balance. Nervertheless, this is very well done, a good definition of artistic bewing as a rather original and not typical IPA on the flavor department. Thanks Jazz
BCAR (220) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice clean, hop aroma. Floral. opaque cidery color (perfect for this time of year). Well-balanced hop and malt quality on the tongue. Bitter to a strength. Very nice IPA.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Pours a light amber color with a medium off-white head. Fair lacing. Aroma of mellow hops and citrus. Medium-bodied and somewhat hoppy, but there really wasn't much else going on in the flavor. The aftertaste contains more of a hops bite than the beer provides initially. While pretty good I will go back to the higher-minute DFH beers.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Its a light tasting IPA. It has a crisp and clean finish.
Very well balanced flavor. This is not my favorite ipa by them though. I like the 90 and the 120.
aracauna (2935) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was able to taste this one beside both the 90 Minute and the 120 Minute. This is a pretty typical IPA. It's pretty dry with good malt backbone that's surprisingly dominated by the straw malt flavors I expect from pilsners and the like. The beer is hoppy, but not really surprisingly so. The body was a dark gold with a very faint copperish tint, and the head was an excellent white froth. The end didnt' have all that much bitterness.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crystal clear, pale amber color. Yeast and hops are prominent on the nose. Hops and malt flavors very well balanced. Clean and crisp finish.