Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A NW style IPA from the east coast. Strong bitter finish, dry and not citrus flavored. Very well down and true to type
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
randomdude (8) - Yorktown Heights, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Ernest (6910) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2006 100% blind rating.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, grapefruit, grass).
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Light to medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Previous (non-blind) rating was 3.2, so blind was pretty darn close.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just fantastic. The aroma and taste were fresh lawn clipping and flowery hops. Could be my new favorite session IPA if it was only available around here. Another fine DFH product.
FlacoAlto (4045) - 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 hasn’t held up, or perhaps it didn’t 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 can’t 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%’er. 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.