DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful bouquet that reminds me of sour cherries and lime. Appearance is on par for the style...dark copper with a medium head. This tastes hoppy but not to the extent I thought it would. Nicely balanced with the hops and malt. The end taste is buttery and chocolately, interestingly enough. Itís crisp and I canít believe it is ABV 9%. Itís very mild compared to others of that strength and IBU.
Afossum (5) - Aberdeen, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really suprised at how good this IPA was . Can be found almost anywhere. The amount of aclohol does not impose on the taste
maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark amber color. Hops are bountiful. This beer makes my taste buds dance with a variety of flavors and spices. Complex yet refreshing. Far and away the most drinkable of the heavier beers on the market.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 12 oz botlle. 90 min. Pours a hazy copper color with a massive white head. Very powerful aroma that is yeasty, lemony, spicey and hoppy. And it tastes like it smells. Tons of hops balanced with tons of malts. Very nice finish.
Wonderful aftertaste with some fruity alchohol following up. This is my favorite IPA yet (my first Imperial though), and what I REALLY appreciate is that it is not one of those extremely bitter unripe grapefruit tasting monstrosities like some overhopped IPAís are. BALANCE is the only way I personally like an IPA, and this one has it. Overhop an IPA all you want, but give the malts equal tratment like Dogfish did here, and you have a big WINNER! I honestly was expecting not very much at all from this, and instead am totally blown away.**********9/28/06 rerate....too watery..9% alcohol sitting on a bunch of water,...gonna go get a terminal gravity ipa..
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly hazy orange. Off white head dimishes quickly but leaves several spots and lines of lacing. Aroma of sweet ripe oranges or tangerines, faint yeast, pine and alcohol. First sip was a bomb of piquant and citrusy hops, balanced perfectly by sweet malts and leaving a trailing pleasant bitterness on the finish. Some toastiness and alcohol warmth as well. Became more candy-like towards the end of the glass (snifter, always!) with alcohol and hops tickling my nose. Palate was fine to slightly oily. This was the one that first got me hooked on 2IPAs, and I always thought of it as the standard bearer of the style, at least in the East. The 12 oz bottles are also great for those who donít want to commit to the big 22 oz bomber 2IPAs produced by other brewers (not that thereís anything wrong with that).
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy aroma, pours a clear orange with an off-white head. Very hoppy taste, with citrus and slight herbal tea notes in the flavor. Bitter finish. Excellent IPA.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hoppy and sweet aroma, pours light copper/amber with a small white/copper head, nice malts upfront, long hoppy, slightly bitter, but very clean finish.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - AUG 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing. By far the best offering from dogfish. This is my definition of an IPA. Strong hop backbone with citrus hints, and this one is well balanced with malts (whereas other dogfish go too much to the malts and go too sweet...they got it right in this one). Pours a light copper/bronze color with a great head. Aromas are fresh citrus and cut grass. You canít wait to sip. Great flavors and a decent finish. Exceptionally well balanced. You could have a few of these in a row and be very, very happy. Thanks James Maley for bringing this to Panama, I wish you had brought more!
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[cask at GBBF 06] Lots of hops in the nose, mown grass and grapefruit, lots of sweet malt, some caramel. full bodied, sweet upfront, lots of bitterness in the finish.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured nice clear copper with a small white lasting head. Aromas of some hops, but a lot of malt and alcohol. Taste has a smooth bitterness with mostly alcohol in the finish. Had wanted to try this for some time, but was not impressed. Canít wait to taste it in a year or so.