entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 I wasted two glasses of this stuff just trying to find one thing wrong with it. Never did, but I enjoyed trying. Pours a lighter golden color which is a little weak but the balance of hops and malt in the flavor along with the crisp finish is just perfect to me. Alcohol is masked nicely and it is deceptively strong. Wow, just highly enjoyable and I wish it came in 6 packs and not the 4ís.
Gachupines (884) - USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite IPAís that I can find regularly. Taste is very hoppy and floral, but surprisingly drinkable considering its strength. Almost dangerous, because I could drink it as a session beer if I didnít realize the alcohol was as high as it is.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fridge temp bottle pours clear golden amber. Frothy head receeded to thiun but never disappeared. My favorite "widely available" IPA. The hops come through like freshly crushed indica buds. Full of resin and tart and piney woods. Crisp, short lingering aftertaste that begs for another. $9 a four pack. Tthey should charge more for this.
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice clear dark amber, with a frothy white lacing head. aroma is piney hops. nice citrus hoppy flavor, almost balanced by malt. you can detect the alcohol a little, but itís very well hidden. good full mouthfeel. a great iipa.
Beaver (1283) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a fine creamy white head that lasts through the entire glass and leaves some lacing.
Its aroma is some spicy floral piney hops at first. It kind of devolves into a peppery leather smell though that isnít very appealing.
The flavor is sweet melon and some pepper up front. I donít get much hop flavor, but it does have a good lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but very smooth.
Overall, I found this to be underwhelming. Itís a pretty average IPA and didnít live up to the high expectations (or price).
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hop lovers dream. Golden amber body with creamy white head. The aroma is huge on hops. Flavor is also all about the hops and just a little maltiness to balance it out. Some citrus comes through as it moves in the mouth. Suprisingly creamy for such a hoppy beer.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Fridge temp. Pronounced resinous, somewhat herbal aroma with overtones of ethanol. Dark amber in the glass. Fizzy head, recedes to a thin layer. Heavy bitterness throughout with heavy alcohol on the finish. Dry and medium body with a slightly chalky, very long penetratingly resinous wood aftertaste. Second rate: Heavy mouthfeel almost oily. Both sweet and alcoholic. Big bourbon soaked cherry flavor. A bit of a burn in the finish. Packs a major wallop. Comes off far more as a liquor than a session beer.
asheft (2500) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[on tap at Sunset Grill and Tap] Bright golden colour with a fine bubbly ring. Wonderful citrus, grapefruit, and peach aroma with some faint, sweet malt. Not grassy in aroma or flavour. A bit "salty" from all the hops with dominating grapefruit in balance with a pleasant bitterness and obvious alcohol. Warming and full bodied. Excellent. I want to learn to have such good hops control--it must have to do with freshness.
DogfishKing (22) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Strong at first but mellows. I thought it was fairly well balanced but seemed to be missing something. Still very good beer. Like the Burton Baton blend a little better.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 First rating: 4.5 Unbalanced and hoppy as hell, but amazing. Citrussy aroma. Round, full mouthfeel. Bubbly. Iíd drink this beer everyday.
Second rating 4.0 Syrupy sweet, with a good citrussy/piney hop profile, but the constant addition process they use at DFH doesnít get quite enough hops in at the start of the boil to bitter them up as much as Iíd like. A great beer, nonetheless.