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RATINGS: 3290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3447) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2004
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8468) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2004
A heavy and sticky maple hop aroma rises from the glass, with a light sour grapefruit presence and a soft flowery hint as well. Palate is a medium thickness, a light bitterness and a semi-sweet citrus flavor is noted. Quite nice to have a mellow IPA that is not over the top.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 12, 2004
poured a nice orange-golden color with a thin white head. Aroma seemed piney to me, with an offensieve sweat like smell. Taste was initally sweet, but was then over taken by a strong hoppy presence. The beer was as smooth as it was bitter. other than some aroma set backs, a great beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
This hops heavy beer is good for the style, and should appeal to those who enjoy a well-hopped beer; Dry, hoppy, tart citrus flavor dominates this beer; Malt is on the light side and is more or less trampled by the fairly bitter hops; Light golden color and quite cloudy; Hoppy nose matches the flavor profile; Almost no head when poured; Lacing is minimal

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2004
A NW style IPA from the east coast. Strong bitter finish, dry and not citrus flavored. Very well down and true to type

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Excellent american style IPA. Fantastic hop aroma that has the floral weed aroma. A drier paler version of the 90 min. Not much if any crystal malt in this beer. Which leaves the hop flavors coing through without the carmel malt flavors which gives it a drier finish. A delicous american IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
randomdude (8) - Yorktown Heights, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2004 does not count
Another good IPA from Dogfishhead. They truly know how to do this style. The beer has a lightish coppery color for an IPA. NOt a very maltly but extremely hoppy IPA. Personally I love hoppy IPA's. It controls a nice head without being too carbonated. The mixture of hops in the flavoring allows the beer to have a certain complexity while focusing upon the hop flavors. Cheers to Dogfishhead.


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