davey101 (603) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 2012B, served into an over sized wine glass at around 50 degrees. I’ve always wanted to try this on tap/firkin/cask/etc so I was stoked when I heard this was getting bottled a few months ago.
A - Golden/amber clear body. Massive fluffy white head that lasted forever. Loads of lacing and retention.
S - Piney hops, light grapefruit and sweet caramel malts. The aroma is very sweet and different from 60 and 90 minute. Picking up some subtle maple and toffee notes.
T - There is some grapefruit and pine, but this is all about the sweetness. Finish is bitter with some maple and mineral notes. This is...unique. Mouth feel is excellent. Smooth and full bodied with a ton of carbonation.
O - Glad to have finally tried this beer. This has all the pros of 60 and 90 minute. Piney and sweet with a nice maple finish. I liked this beer a lot. If it were in 4/6 packs I would probably never buy their other IPA’s again.
Rrauth (1070) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 in a 750 bottle. Huge off white head. Pale color with an orange tint. Hazy. Interesting. I would consider this a 2 hour cigar beer. Go outside wih the bottle and enjoy yourself. Less bitter than expected most likely from the sugar. Not bad but not worth going out of your way to get.
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brigg (484) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Foggy orange straw body with huge white head, stiff peaks. Aroma of straw, citrus peel. Medium body, chewy. Medium sweetness and hops, not as bitter as I suspected; grapefruit. Maple syrup comes through in the aftertaste just a little.
crossovert (6109) - Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared with my buddies.
It pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy yellowish white head.
The smell is mostly malty. There is a nice grapefruit tinge but mostly pleasant grains and some caramel.
The flavor is nice. A mixture of really good malts and a good bit of hops. I am not a fan of the 60 but not the 90, this one is better than either.
A nice one.
matthewjk (843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 25.4 fl. oz champagne bottle - Hmmm...okay, this is sort of different than the other DFH IPAs, but not really. Probably a beer that doesn’t need to be produced--considering the 60 and 90 minute varieties should suffice--but pleasantly citrusy and dry never-the-less. If maple syrup is present, I can barely detect it! I would probably appreciate a little more it! Probably does impart some smoothness to the palate. I’m left with indifferent feelings about this one.
jsmerig (1099) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a hazy orange brown with a large frothy head. Aroma of hops and more hops on top of the hops. Taste is slightly malty only for a second followed by multiple layers of hop. The end is dry which I like but the carbonation is very high so it’s a push. After drinking the first third the malt starts to come through. Thanks to bro in law brad for the bottle!
bth122 (1107) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2013 Beer No. 500. Bottle, poured a slightly cloudy, huge frothy foamin head. Aroma is exploding with hops, citrus grapefruit, pine, fresh smell. Medium bitter. Seems to finish dry. Texture is on creamy side, just a tad sticky. Long bitter finish. More hop aroma than taste, but even still, both are hop explosions. Not getting any maple syrup flavor, not much malt. Good stuff. Glad i tried it. I could sniff this stuff all day.
Dogbrick (7095) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 03/15/2012. The beer pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a medium off-white head that evaporates steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and malt. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, pine and caramel malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a 750 ml bottle into a lager glass. Hazy amber-orange color with a rather large head that is thicker than the body of the beer. The aroma is very citrusy with floral notes and a slight sweet finish that is more apparent as it warms up. Very smooth feel due to the cask conditioning. 75 minute overall is a very good beer and up there with burton as DFH’s best IPA.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is highly carbonated with the head actually ending up taller than the body. The body is a hazy gold and the head is continually fed by bubbles from the bottom and produces impressive lacing.
Aroma has plenty of biscuity malts alongside the solid bright citrus notes of lemons and pineapple. The maple syrup is very subtle and doesn’t come through much in the nose.
Taste has the same citrus kick up front with grapefruit joining the pineapple and lemons from the nose. The malt is hefty in the background, much like the 90min and the finish is bitter with the maple syrup coming out only as it warms.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, almost spritzy, to the point of taking away from the beer a little.
I think this is one of the better DFH apecials to come out in a while if for no other reason than it’s a mixture of 2 excellent beers. It gets better as it warms, when the maple syrup starts to show up.