SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Bottle. Bank error in my favor! I bought a single, and when I brought it to the checkout, they rang it up as a 60 Minute IPA. I got 30 minutes for free!
Poured clear amber with a good head that left a good lace. Initial aroma warned of over the top hops. At that moment, I was convinced that death was imminent. I let it sit for a few moments, partly to let it settle, partly out of fear. Aroma became a bit woody, and caramelly as the hops retreated a bit. OK, first sip *cringing* Hmmm, itís pretty smooth. I mean, thereís a hop sting, but itís not overdone. Thereís also caramel and sweet malts, woodiness and some astringency. Thereís not a lot going on (as far as breadth goes), but what it lacks in breadth, it more than makes up for in depth. All present aspects are heavy. Lots of hops, but itís balanced by lots of malt, and thatís balanced by the combination of brandy and woodiness. It finishes dry and bitter, but not too much to make you cringe. This is much better than I was expecting
Rerate. I had to bump this up a notch. After repeated samples, this is by far one of my favorites. It sits somewhere between IPA and barleywine.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber with a great white head that is very strong. smells of stron acidic, citrusy fruits ( lemons and oranges) the taste is very dry and bitter, with some astringency to it.
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is like the 60-minute IPAís bigger, badder older brother...Extremely hoppy and citrusy, with a strong strong alcohol taste. This beer has one of the finest hop tastes that I can recall.
(Had in bottle at Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria Va)
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Starts off with a dense, creamy head, dark copper color, and a vibrant hops aroma. Very bright and crisp with fantastic bitterness and a sweet edge. Light mouth feel with a quick finish, very clean and refreshing. Has a high but very well balanced, practically hidden, alcohol character.
aklewis100 (2) - USA - APR 10, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís good, but a little to bitter to be an IPA. Seems more like an ESB. I would drink it again.
openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper color with thin head. Lots of flavor, but bitterness is well balanced. I like this a lot.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A literal "bouquet" of floral hops rise from this terrific beer. Has a murky, rusty-amber body with lively carbonation and a dense, rocky, cream-colored head. Wonderful lacing held on like whipped egg whites. Heavy, perfumed, flowery aromas along with pine and citrus notes. Similar flavor that started with a moderate maltiness and a hop presence that burned my lips. Much more flavorful and aromatic at room temperature than chilled.
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ben1843 (6) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is, quite simply, the best IPA which I have ever had. Unlike the 60 minute, there is not a huge head and also has a great taste. It is very drinkable and does not give that bloated feeling which so many IPAs do.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is definitely the strongest IPA Iíve tasted. Aroma is a friendly sort of malt, but the taste kicks in quickly with strong citrus notes and a woody undertone, followed by a strong bitter finish. I donít know if Iíd do more than one per night, but this is a powerful and complex IPA. I want to splurge soon on the 120.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, about 9 months old.
This beer is murrr-ky. Very cloudy, nice burnt orange color, with a head full of crowded tiny bubbles that last all the way down.
Aroma is surprisingly malty for a beer that bills itself as a hop monster. It IS hoppy - but also maltier than Iíd have suspected. Iíd say itís a little less sweet than some of the other DIPAís Iíve had (think Stoudtís), but it strikes me as a little on the astringent and harsh side.
The alcohol is well hidden in this; probably wouldnít guess it was 9%.
This is good - very good - but I think the 60 Minute is even better, especially on cask. In fact, it really makes me want to try the 90 on tap/cask, and see if itís a little more balanced. I should say that this bottle, which was aged somewhat, was, in fact, more balanced and subtler than the fresh stuff I had last July.