OldMrCrow (2308) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Frosty (2) - Murray, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mjg74 (2945) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
marcus (8606) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rxmaster (2) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - golden colored with small, persistant head. thin lace all the way down the glass after drinking.
Aroma - Very citrusy, a little grassy and a little pine
Taste - Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, pine and a slight sweetness just before the warming feel at the end. Citrusy taste coats the mouth and lingers long after swallowed
Palate - Dry and hoppy. Leaves the mouth dry and tingling for the next drink.