FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 This was a once lovely beer that I have been searching for, despite having something called 60 minute in front of me, to recapture my experience of quaffing lots of this brew. Somehow just hasnít held up, or perhaps it didnít transition well to no longer being bottle conditioned.
Rating from February 2004
Hazy orange-copper color. Fairly low carbonation for an American-beer, which suits me to a T. Topped by a off white head. The aroma is pure hops at this point; notes of herbal-grass, orange, grapefruit, and a sharp note that I canít quite place. The beer is perhaps a bit cold at this point. The taste is nicely hoppy in all ways. It is packed with hop flavor and a nice sharp bitterness in the finish. Has a fair amount of alcohol in the finish for a 6%íer. Notes of grapefruit, and a strong flowery nectar type character are here from the hops. The hops seem to contribute some notes of pine & perhaps a hint of mint as well. This is one of those beers where your tongue just tingles from the level of hops used in making this beer. The beer is medium bodied & a bit malty sweet, which, helps to carry the hop flavor through this beer, though I think that a bit more maltiness would really help this beer to reach another level.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 Cloudy, dark orange color with a nice, smooth looking head. Hints of lemon and lime on the nose. Great hoppy smell. Sweet orangy taste. So many different hop tastes present. Definately a winner.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I normally check the made on notches on the side of Dogfish's beer, so I was surprised that this tasted so past its prime. Some sort of off yeast flavor and not enough hops to qualify it as a pale ale, let alone an IPA. I really didn't dislike it, just not up to Dogfish's normal level.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA is more balanced than the 90 minute IPA by DFH. It enjoyed it much more. The hop aroma and flavor seemed stronger the the 90. The bitternes is not overpowering and overall this is a great beer.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I love IPA's and this one was rightup my alley. Bold hop notes but still balanced with a lot of malt. Well done.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber colour. Floral aroma. Flavor is good and hoppy...on the way to being a great IPA.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber golden with a thin white big bubbly head. Crisp hops in the nose. Medium hops but flowery in the taste. The mouth is active and fun.
JK (4841) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Better than your average ipa. Aroma is mostly hops with some fruit. Nice appearance, gold with a large rocky head. Flavor is mostly of hops, but there is some fruit struggling to be acknowledged and loved also. It wants to be the New Glarus Hop Hearly Ale, but isn't quite there.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Both draught, bottles and cask (cask@GBBF). The cask version is the best, with more floral hop notes and general fresher, zestier hop bitterness. the atp and bottle version are OK, but the filtration factor plays a part as the mouthfeel is a bit dead and dare i say it, stale. Still nice though, just not as good as the cask version. This score is an average of the three.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme Beer Fest '04: Copper color with white head. Aroma is of citrus and hoppiness. Taste is pleasently hoppy with some pine. I like it.