BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2003 Re-rated: The rating given previously was really good. I'm not sure whether my taste buds have changed or the ingrediants in the beer, but it seems to have an strange flavor or should I say off-flavor. My previous rating was from a big bottle while the most recent tasting was in the 12 ouncers. It still has a good malt backround and nice mouthfeel with a nicing warming from the alcohol. Anymore when I drink it I notice a cardboard/oxidation flavor to it. Its even in the aroma. I'm not sure whether it's the hops used but I find a similar thing in the 60 minute. It shys me away now.
whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The west coast IPAs have a serious IPA competitor on there hands! After trying just about all the great IPA's out there, Dogfish Head Brewery may very well have the best. This beer has ridicules amounts of hops, but very tasty. If you like this one, try the 60 minute and 120 minute IPA's.
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy hop overdose. Gimme more. If you like hops (lots and lots of 'em) you've come to the right place. Perhaps a little too much alcohol, but oh, those hops!
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer pours a cloudy and pale orange color. It has a moderate head and the aroma is very earthy and hoppy. The taste was very odd. If you've had the 60 minute IPA, this is very similar, just stronger tasting. The taste was very much like the aroma - very hoppy and earthy. I'm not sure what exactly it tastes like, but I'm not a fan of it. It says that this was voted one of the best American beers recently, but I did not enjoy it much.
kujo9 (1088) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep clear amber w/ a just off white head that didn't stick around long. Very, very, citrusy and piney hops aromas w/a hint of Catawba grape fruitiness. Also has a little caramel maltiness. Hops dominate the flavor with pine and citrus but overall well balanced with malt and a restrained caramel flavor and very little fruitiness. Finishes decidedly bitter, but not harsh. Moderate carbonation and warming full mouthfeel is very smooth. I'm not a hop head but this is very refreshing for a bigger beer.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was sensational, the Dogfish Head beers are my first introduction to real beer from the US. This had a great malty nose and a palate that has a huge punch of flavour with a sweet liqourness to it. I dig this beer!
Silphium (2969) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 Hoppy, hoppy, hop to the hoppy! I was actually surprised at how nicely this brew was balanced...what could have been a hopfest was actually a malt/hop consilience of sorts. Strong, crisp hops define the palate, and leave a nice aftertaste. I agree with previous reviewers that the alcohol is well-hidden. A quality brew. Hopefully I will get a chance to try the 120-minute IPA. Update 6/29/03: after sipping several 12-ounce bottles, I have to bump up the flavor and overall ratings. I love this IPA.
Dorwart (2266) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, floral bouquet slams you in the nose as you pop the cork. Huge white frothy head which lasts for quite a while. Hoppy aroma but not overpoweringly strong with some citrus. I actually expected more in the aroma. Color of clear, golden orange. Flavor is slightly sour (don't know if this is expected) with more citrus presence. Very smooth drinking. Finish is bitter with a hops kick and very smooth. Hides its alcohol very well. A very good beer that is loaded with hops but not to overpowering. A brew for anyone who likes bitter and hoppy style ales.
crazyvin (1692) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good, deep golden color with a white head. Had a strong hoppy taste with a nice malty balance. Not a strong alcohol taste. For an IPA i found it to be heavy on the stomach. I also noted the aftertaste lingered for sometime after i took a sip.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Light orange/amber color with big fluffy off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma has lots of sharp, catty american hops (chinook?), with hints of apricot, caramel, and lemon. Flavor is rather malty upfront, with caramel and vanilla, followed by citrusy american hops and a hint of wood. Finish is acidic and mildly bitter, with just the faintest metallic note at the conclusion.