BIGC (29) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. 8.49 a six pack but i think it's about time someone raised the standards. I'm not a hophead however dogfish's 60 and 90 minute ipa are great beers and mask the hops real well. aroma of floral hops were in your face especially right after the pour. beautiful cloudy golden color with a medium sized head and great carbonation. The flavor was nicely balanced between malt and hops. At first you taste the hops and citrus but it doesn't stay there, and that's what i like about this beer. The finish was smooth but not complex. I could see myself drinking this one regularly without getting tired. a great change from ordinary ipa's. i can't believe it's 60 ibu's.
Aurelius (4355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beady foam head on top of an oaky, tea-and-lemon hazy beer. Lackluster bottle and label. Cutting western hop aroma, similar to tuppers perhaps, with unfortunate cat urine overtones. Drinks much smoother than it smells, with a good acid balance and a buttery citrus quality. Mouth is smooth and the hops don't cling.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a hazy golden color with bits of yeasties floating about. Nice milk froth head, superb lacing, and copious amounts of carbonation. Very mild aroma of hops and pine. Taste is forwardly piney, but that quickly awashes with more of a hop bitterness. Yet that too leaves fairly quickly. This is an easy to drink IPA. Light floral aftertaste, hardly any bitterness there either. This is tasty!   Solid mouthfeel and smooth finish.   Thanks goes out to Pabobcat for the trade!
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense green hop/pine aroma that makes me want to sink my teeth into it. Very pale in appearance, plenty of floaties. Spicy hops, the pine is almost ginger like
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Solid easy-drinking IPA. A slightly cloudy slightly amber-tinged golden beer with noticable hops - citric and floral - on the nose. Perhaps hints of some fresh pine forest were present too before a slightly sweet taste led to a nice lingering bitterness. Not perfectly balanced but really quite tasty.
Re-rate: Tried again in a 60/90/120 vertical (thanks jeff) and liked it better. Think I got more grapefruit citrus this time and maybe a little more bitter finish, but I like those things.
PorterPounder (5695) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, dark, murky orange appearance with a sticky white head that leaves a load of lacing. Aroma hits you when you open the bottle, strong sprucy and grapefruit citrusy notes with faint charcoal notes. Strong hop presence, but not tonque numbing. Enough malty sweetnesss sticks around to balance it out. Flavor coats your mouth and leaves just a bit of an off taste on the back end - would not reccomend this with food. Overall, an excellent, over the top IPA.
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours slightly hazy golden color with unexpected floaties. Robust frothy white head. Aroma was noted during the pour. Hoppy and cirtusy orange hints. Start is very mild tasting and rather thin. Middle has some more citrus notes, finishing with mild to moderate hoppiness. The wateryness to start is a very bad first impression. The last 2 times I have had this, I have no been impressed. Kind of a bummer from DFH.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden in color with a large whitye head.Aroma is fruity,with floral hop notes.Flavor is once again of floral hops and a light malt backbone.Bitterness starts upfront disapears,and then returns for a full finish as it lingers.
zach8270 (3579) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a hazy gold/caramel color with a quickly dissipating white head with good lacing and good carbonation. Good strong hoppy aroma with a citrusy followup. Initial taste of burnt hops with an earthy undertone and a citrusy finish. Aftertaste is bitter like most IPAs I have had. A bit watery on the mouthfeel but goes down smooth and warm.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 4/25/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in the mail from the Dogfish Head Brewery 2/28/04. RERATE. Pours a very lightly hazy medium-gold. Fluffy, slightly rocky off-white head that lingers. Pretty nice-looking beer. Aroma is slightly lemony, also grassy and citrusy hops, a thin hint of sweetness. Flavor is straight-forwardly hoppy with nice, crisp, fresh citrus. A little bit of an acidic flavor that makes it refreshing but also, to my palate, does not mingle well with the other flavors. Finish lingers long with a nicely growing malt backbone. Nice mouthfeel and wonderful appearance on this one, but the flavor keeps it from being a great, great IPA.
Scores above reflect my re-rating of the beer. Here's my original rating:
2/14/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with igneous1 on RateBeer. Pours a clear light golden that turns into a muddy, medium-tan/caramel color with a surprising amount of sediment in the bottle. That's bottle-conditioning for you. Decent-sized, frothy, cream-colored and rocky head with simply excellent, slow and patchy lacing. Aroma is maple and pine hops, a little bit pungent and almost rancid, a little "springy" like a Belgian white, and also reminds a bit of a heavily-hopped pilsner. Taste is immediately tart, acidic, and sharply hoppy. Seems off. I remember having it and don't remember it having this sort of metallic, slightly yeasty, lumpy citrus and nectar flavor. Hints of caramel malt, but mostly bitterness of hops and that overwhelming "off" flavor. It's not tasting very good to me right now, that much I know. Pretty nice mouthfeel, medium-bodied with a buff creaminess and lovely, smooth carbonation. Finish is long on hops and a little honey. But I can't escape that off flavor-- it might even be infected. Will definitely try this one again on a fresh bottle, because I remember it being a pretty solid IPA (My old notes say 7/4/7/3/15/3.6). Not this time. 6/4/4/3/10/2.7