clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best ipa that dogfish puts out it doesnít have that overwheeming acholol flavor like the 120 and is better than the 60. great beer to drink and sit around with
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a jewel. The body looks like liquid amber. No head on my pour. Kick back and sip away. Thereís no way to gulp this down, which is fine because it gets better as it warms up. Refreshingly bitter all the way. But thereís this sweet maltiness as well to keep this interesting. The combination of hops makes this very complex. Something for everyone here: citrus, pine, grass. All lingering at the end. Dry, smooth finish.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Bottle: I swear to god I have rated this beer at least 3 times already and itís getting lost. Weird. Well here goes... Copper amber colored, showing chill haze, with a medium white head that slowly recedes to a ring around the glass. In more recent years this ring seems to dies rather than stick to the glass. Iím not quite sure why. The taste is hops and plenty of íem right from the get go. Thereís citrus, grapefruit, pine and if fresh - grass/plant coming from the dry hopping. Multi-dimensional, this beer adds biscuit, grains, a hint of alcohol, and a slight sweet malt to the mix. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and bitter mouthfeel that cleanes that palate after every sip. Adding to the rating 10/11/05: On draught this is a different animal. Yeah randall is fun, but it takes away from the body and only adds a little to the aroma and flavor. Nope, this is best on draught, no randall. You really canít ask for a better appearance, beautifully retained & thick head. Fresh on tap, the aroma is so fresh, crisp, and assertive with body and taste to match. I would give this at least a 4.5 for the draught version I had at the Gaithersburg location.
SudsMcDuff (6682) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím starting to like ipaís more and more, this beer helps!! Poured somewhat cloudy orange. Beutiful glimmering foam head, good lacing!!! Has a odd but pleasing taste that has a slight kick to it, must be the 9%!! a pleasing beer that gets evil when it starts warming up...crazy good bitterness!
WisconsinBeer (715) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hop flavors but a surprisingly large amount of maltiness to back it up. There is a chewy sweetness that keeps the hops from overwhelming. For me this could be a session beer because it is that smooth.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears a rich coppery orange with a 3 finger head that lasts. Plenty of thick white lacing sticks all over the goblet.
Smell is of tons of orange and grapefruit citrus with sugary biscuity malts.
Taste is fíin awesome. I love the balance of sugary biscuit and bitterness that works well together as a dynamic duo. Very resinous, sticky and sweet with no overkill.
The mouthfeel is great. Sticky with nice carbonation.
Drinkablitiy is awesome. I canít think of anything to dislike about this beer.
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To be honest, I donít like IPAs, but this creature wasnít too bad. Itís the best IPA I have ever had, which I suppose is not THAT much of a compliment, but in my own little way it is. The hops are huge and the citrusy flavor can seem overwhelmingly strong, but it covers up the alcohol taste quite well, so I will pick my battles wisely.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like liquid gold with a thin white head. The room fills with IPA citrusy / grapefruit aroma. Mouth starts watering. Citrus, grapefruit, a bit of piney hop in the flavor. Mouthfeel is good - itís not watery, you can feel a bit of thickness. Flirtations of alcohol in the finish, but the taste is only barely there. It warms the belly nicely. Bitter, yet clean finish. This IPA well deserves its high ranking.
weisinator (67) - USA - SEP 15, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I like hops. I didnít realize just how much I liked hops until I tried this. OMFG, this is quite possibly the BEST beer I have EVER had.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Candy like hop aroma with little to no head. Hazy red-brown appearance. Finally, NC gets an imperial IPA. This has a diffent flavor from 60 min, the hops are more chewy rounding out the bite in the finish. Damn I could drink this all day.