radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Fantastic IPA/Double/Imperial IPA. Very aromatic, and a nice taste of oranges and grapefruit.
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great beer. This is an excellent IPA that is plesantly aromatic as soon as you pour it into a sniffer. This most recent sampling was from the typical 12oz bottle. The pour is lively with a moderate head that gives way to an attractive clear orange hue. A heavy taste of orange and grapefruit grips you as you sip it but is balance nicely by the incredibly hoppy-ness of this beer. The finish is nice but slighty sappy but it still is not too overpowering. One of the best beers for your $.
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best IPA in my book. The flavor is present, yet not overwhelmingly bitter with grapefruit hops.
Pours tawny golden in color with a decent head and some good lacing. A bit heavy mouthfeel, hence the imperial name I suppose. A good one.
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong resin aroma with grapefruit undertones and apple & pear in the background. Pours a crystal orange with a mostly diminishing head that leaves good lacing. The initial flavor is of sweet caramel malt balanced immediately by a rich floral hop bitterness. Both a candy sweet and bitter hop aftertaste. Great beer, my only complaint is the palete is a little too syrupy.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 One of my absolute favorite beers. A highly-drinkable, wildely-available, well-hopped, well-balanced D/IIPA. Hops balanced with great sweet malts, alcohol doesn’t overwhelm. About $46 per case by me and thats tough to beat. Another winner from DFH!
LearninBeer (470) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is a light hop with hints of herbs and grass, not real aromatic. The head is mostly diminishing, white and the body is a slight murky amber color. Very good lacing. The initial flavor is moderately bitter and the finish is a malty bitter that is average to above average in longevity. The body is medium, creamy with soft carbonation. A very good beer.
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice amber with creamy white head.Sweet malt with citrus and hops evident.Well balanced with ample maltiness and hops.
milewide (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 A "drinkable" double IPA that is properly balanced. However, seems to have less aroma and hop aftertaste than some of the best IPAs like Bells Two Hearted, Victory Hop Devil or Founders Centennial. A bit too malt sweet v hop bitter.
Bottom line: "Balanced" at the expense of bitter aftertaste.
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This wins on aroma alone. I could live off the smell of this beer-- citrusy, sweet, floral, maybe a little grassy. Generous, quickly-dissipating white head on top of a crystal clear copper beer. Carbonation is spot on-- enough to give it life, but toned down enough to reveal the nuances. Big malty flavor, big hop flavor, but not overly complex-- this is an IPA after all, a beer for drinking. This fits right in between Dogfish Head’s 60 and 90 minute IPAs; bolder than the 60 minute, but easy enough on you that you can drink it during the week. Every time I drink it, I vividly remember the first time I tried it. The mark of a classic, no doubt about it.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 The pour is very pale yet settles in the glass a clean, clear amber with apparent carbonation. Big fluffy white head like egg whipped egg whites. I am a great lover of the IPA’s and this Imperial Double is one of my favorites. Great beer from start to finish. Very strong hops presence in the aroma, a bit weed-like, musky. Feels thick, heavy with a syrup-y citrus flavor. Like chewing hops. Finishes a bit on the dry side.