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) - Seymour, Tennessee, 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 (2470) - 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!!
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Wonderful fruity aroma. Clear, sparkling pour with a thin head that prduces that wonderul aroma. Nice feel in the mouth - very smooth with a medium body. I was looking for the strong bitter hops taste to hit the back of my tongue on the swallow - but instead I got a lovely, soft, citrus rush mixed with a plesant hoppiness. Very smooth -very clean aftertaste. My full recommendation - a superb beer.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liquid carmel gold with aquarium bubbles. Nose is coffee and lemone with a piney alcohol. Flavour is deep with orange and lemon citrus, pine, a thin coco powder. Finishes with roast, bitter and chewy of carmel malts. Hedonically bliss.
1000Routers (3) - St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From the very first whiff when you open the bottle you can tell that this is a true craft brew. The color is a hint of gold with a nice head. The aromas are Citrus, Hops, Fruit, and Malt. The taste is beyond full body, but not over powering, the hops run the full range from a strong bitter that fades fast to a lingering flowery sent on the back of your tongue The malt makes a showing as well with a full body splash the coats your mouth and slowly fades to a nice sweet ending. As it warms up it presents all new flavor characteristics, even a raisin/apricot flavor make an appearance.