RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Aroma: Heavy grapefruit, flowers, and some maltiness underneath. Appearance: Pours a nice deep gold color with a small off white head. Head was creamy at first, but dissipated into a film covering the top. Some decent lacing. Flavor: A rush of hop flavors at first, mostly citrus (grapefruit) and floral flavors, but some resinous tones in there as well. The malt backbone that the hops are built on is very pleasing with some caramel, honey, and bread tones. The bitterness is good and refreshing, but doesn’t ’set up camp’ on the tongue. An amazingly well balanced and clean tasting brew. Palate: Medium to full bodied. Carbonation was perfect. Overall: A pleasant surprise! This beer almost seems restrained compared to DFH’s other beers. They walk a perfect tightrope of hop flavor and bitterness, malt flavor and sweetness. Terrific beer!
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2006 Golden amber color. Nice big white head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is malty sweetness, with hints of raisons and hops. I don’t taste as much as the hoppiness in the beginning of the beer as others do, but there is a nice hoppiness that finishes the beer off. Flavor is sweet, but balanced nicely. Another great brew from DFH.
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 If you like sweet, then this is for you. Not as sweet as 120 and a lot more hop floral citris aroma. Not a sweet person, but if you are get this one!! Upped my rating after a second tasting. I had drank the 120 before this last time which threw my tasting off.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Large snifter. Pours clear amber golden, with a white head.. Hop aromas tend to really come out when the beer warms up a bit- floral, critrus, earthy, herbal- the whole package. Taste is "Dogfish head sweet": sticky, candy sugar and honey. Finishes with a long sweet finish with the herbal hop bittering battling for position on your tastebuds.. Was expecting a bit more
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very aromatic. Beautiful deep amber, clear as can be. Small, filmy head from this bottle. For a 9% alc. content, surprisingly smooth. But there is a nice late arriving bite. This is so drinkable. Lively palate. No sour aftertaste that some IPA and Ales will leave. Total quality in this selection. A special treat.
stefgriff (6) - Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most recent tasting on tap at the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. Great amber color with very little head. Nice hop flavor with some sweetness from the malt. One of my favorite IPAs thus far.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Poured a darkish orange-amber in color with a small whitish head that, while somewhat foamy initially, diminished to a thin rim and light cover on the beer in the glass. Aroma, while deliciously hoppy to start (both floral spice), there is also (surprisingly) a medium amount of malty sweetness present. The flavor, of course, starts as pretty intense hops, but without the nasty bite that strongly hopped beers sometimes get. This heavenly hoppiness is supoported by a more than generous amount of sweet malt that provides, perhaps, the best balanced beer I have ever had. It all comes to a "bitter end", however, as the malt fades in the stretch and the hop bitterness lingers for a medium (nice) while. I am truly impressed... this is a very excellent brew! Good thing that I have 3 more left for later... ;-) A beer that will be highly sought after for my beer cellar...
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the highlight of our IPA beer tasting. It was in a class of it’s own with a unique taste that is very sweet compared to other traditional IPA beers. I could start the night off with a couple of these but not much more.
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to xproudfoot. Bright amber pour with a smallish head. Aromas were mostly hoppy with some bright fruits. citrus too. Hints of caramel, but mostly hops. Malts came through better on the flavor, but still the hops wins out in the end. Very hoppy very bitter, very good. Thanks Chris
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 12 oz. bottle. Plenty of hops. Not quite enough malts to balance it out I thought. Also, this seemed a little bit thin to me. Still not a bad beer, but not nearly as good as I was expecting it to be.
Original Rating: 8/4/7/3/15
Re-Rate: On tap at Radio Maria in Champaign. Hazy dark amber/orange pour into a tulip glass. Small white head dissipated to a thin layer that stayed on the top of the beer. Big citrusy, piney hop aroma with a similarly big presence of sweet dried fruits from the malt. Flavor was similar to the aroma. Lots of orange and mandarin hops backed by a huge malt base. Really excellent stuff. Very well balanced, easily drinkable. Glad I revisited this one!!