tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A golden amber color with a beige frothy head, aroma is sweet fruit. Wow this is a darn good beer, plenty of mouth watering hop flavor, with just the right amount of malt. A sweet taste similar to grapefruit, this is simply a great tasting brew if you enjoy IPA’s.
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am by no means an expert at describing specific flavors, but I will attempt it nonetheless. I had this on tap at a bar neer my home having never heard of it. It had an amber/golden mixture in its color with a thin head, though this could be due to ambiant conditions in the bar. I love IPAs as a group and this one is top shelf in the category. Spiced fruits come through when first sipped with that signature IPA hoppiness on the long finish. This beer got me interested in the rest of the excellent DFH line.
jigglyjock (163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is such a well balanced freekin’ beer. Pours a clear light copper pennie / orange with a generous, mostly deminishing, silky offwhite head. It has a deep aroma of sweet grapefruit piney hops and cookie dough malts. The flavor of this beer is so big. Its in no way overly hoppy which one would intisipate. It has such a well balance of malt and hops. Which include sweet grapefruit, cookie dough, pine, with a bitter alcohol finish. The body is thick making the flavor just linger in your mouth. The best IPA I have ever experiance so far.
wxman (1491) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber in color with a big white head that lingers. Very hoppy, but malty sweetness comes through nicely. Alcohol is evident in it’s warmth, but not in taste due to the dominant hopping. An excellent Imperial IPA, but not for everyone.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent, my favorite IPA. Floral aroma almost smacks of tropical fruits.
Reid (1968) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The appearance is quite attractive,the usual orangy, slightly hazed colour of an IPA, large egg shell white frothy head, great lace.
Again a great spicy fresh aroma of citrus fruits and pine needles, some hints of malt and alcohol.
Taste is actually quite sweet, surprised me, at the start before a tart fizzy bitterness takes over , very lemony,but in the background i taste alcohol which I should expect for a 9% beer but kinda spoils if a bit for me.
MOuthfeel is alright and quite smooth to begin with, but after a few sips becomes cloying.,
I liked this ok but not the world class DIPA i thought it would be
oh6gdx (21061) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Orange colour, mediumsized beige foamy head. Wonderful fruitish hoppy aroma with hints of caramel and pumpkin. Rye, honey, caramel, malt and barley in flavour, which all peaks in a nice smooth hoppy finish. Very pleasant and drinkable!
TBone (13118) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkish golden color, good creamy off-white head. Barley and rye-bread in the hoppy nose. Bready, hoppy - in the edges sweet - flavor. Medium-bodied. Nicely balanced IIPA and extremely drinkable for such a high IBU.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Bottled at home. Clear amber with a small, lacy head and some lace. British-style, nutty-woody hops in the aroma, along with fruitiness and some winous, smooth alcohol. Strongly toffee-malty, chewy and aromatic-nutty-hoppy flavor with lots of woody-aromatic hops, berries and fresh fruit. Medium to full body with lowish carbonation. A very nice IPA, but somewhat harsh.
Bottled at Oliver Twist, was 9-4-9-5-18=4.5. Slightly hazy, light amber color with a small but tight head. Barley wine-style, toffee-smooth aroma with floral hops. A very pleasant flavor with barley wine style combined withh smooth floral IPA hopping and pleasantly warming alcohol. Long, warming and hoppy aftertaste stays in the back of mouth. An excellently balanced, barley-wineous IPA.
drazil91 (41) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
hay, citrus, amber, cloudy, frothy, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, astringent, medium body, very bitter. Enjoyable IPA. Cant wait to try 120 or 60