tapthis (167) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am not an I.P.A. fan. But in all honesty this is one of my favorites. With the strong malt presence as well as a great mouthfeel. Has a copper body, and a strong hop afterbite
wolffish (341) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Si ce n’était de son manque d’effervescence (j’avoue que le 9% aide un peu) et du fait que les houblons se font discrets au nez pour une Imperial IPA, elle serait en tête de liste. Fruits confits, citron, caramel, grains fumés (tourbe on dirait), petit côté vineux, un beau mélange quoi! J’en prendrais tous les jours ;-) L’alcool est tellement discret que ça fait peur!!! Elle me rappelle certains Barleywine américains bien houblonnés...
Dorkenstein (86) - - JUN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Marmalade and caramel aroma, some spicy straw hops and booze present in the smell as well. Taste is sweet candied oranges and caramel followed by barley spice and straw. Taste seems to very much match the aroma.
DeanF (1808) - Nunavut, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has decent head and a good foggy copper body. Flavour is indeed hoppy but not in the complexity department that all these accolades seem to suggest. Nonetheless it’s highly drinkable.
Andrus86 (166) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE. Poured clear golden in colour, solid but thin white head. Sweet fruity hops on the nose with subtle sherbet. Nice fruity hops up front, passionfruit?? subtle malt middle with a good citrus hoppy finish... hides the ABV extremely well.. Sourced RW
TH28 (235) - - JUN 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz btl. 3/27/15 bottle date (69 days old). Appearance: clear golden with a moderate off white foam cap.
Aroma: Underlying resin and maltiness, with a pop of grapefruit and peaches.
Taste: Rich maltiness with fruity, fig like flavors, with a toasted edge, giving way to a balanced bittereness that gradually increases in strength.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Finish: Dry, resinous feeling left on the tongue, with strong but not sharp
Overall: A great, classic IIPA. Strong enough malt backbone to balance the high IBU, while remaining extremely drinkable, especially for the style.
tfontana (118) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Hannaford Supermarket Exeter NH. Aroma is strong piney/spruce hops along with toasted malts. Appearance is beautiful crystal clear light golden orange with trace sparkling, 1/2 finger width head that dissipates quickly to ring with fair lacing. Taste is robust complex mix of malty sweetness with sweet liquor fruitiness and finishing mild bitterness. Palate is light bodied but meaty texture and lively carbonation at the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a beer with a lot of things going for it--complex aroma and taste with a beautiful look and an interesting palate.
Pumpkin87 (114) - - MAY 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pretty amber-orange, initially hazy with effervescence but quickly clears, and modest off-white head that reduces to skim.
Big pine aroma with whiff of citrus and brown sugar. Even bigger, rougher palate with candied mango and grapefruit, biscuit, fortified wine, vanilla and cleaning solvents, like a PineSol fruitcake.
The disparate tastes seem like Thomas Pynchon’s spoofs of English candy in "Gravity’s Rainbow:" salted plum, gin marshmallow, camphor nougat, sweet-and-sour eggplant.
90 Minute goes past the usual over-hopped American IPA, with similarly large amounts of malt taking it into barleywine country, albeit a very evergreen type of barley. On the plus side, that puts it into better balance than a lot of rival products.
And the 9 percent ABV, while substantial, is quite reasonable for a barleywine. Still, you probably don’t want to be operating your backhoe while drinking this.
In short, a prime example of the more is not enough school of American brewing, throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. Completely unsophisticated, but true to the wackiness that is Dogfish Head.
Desverger (3605) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, Copenhagen - orange amber pour with good white head. Aroma and taste is big sweet malty, tropical, citric and herbal hoppy, piney hop resin, sweet caramel, toffee, cake like, also some dried fruit, and slight spice gives it almost a barleywine impression, beautiful.
Nicksbeers (22) - - MAY 22, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber in color. Pours a one finger head that goes away over time. I smell a lot of malts. Not much else. Medium body. Very well balanced. It’s not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Goes down smooth. Oily texture. Overall REALLY good beer. I would like a bit more hop presence on the taste, but it’s balanced VERY well so I’m just being picky.