PorterPounder (6892) - 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 (3578) - 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 (4022) - 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
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
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.