rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with decent off-white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma contains citrus notes....and sort of smells like rubbing alcohol. Not a very pleasant smell, in my opinion, but you can definitely smell the hops. Nice rich mouthfeel. Bitter, hoppy flavor; slight floral and citrusy notes. Overall, kind of overrated, in my opinion, but definitely not bad.
amovie (1) - Holmdel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best beer I can get where I live in NJ. It moves fast so its alwasy fresh.
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Rerate: Orange-golden colour topped by a thick off-white head. Gorgeous grapefruit, orange, and pine hoppiness. Sweet maltiness, with a touch of brown sugar and toffee. More sweet apricot/papaya fruitiness as well. Flavour is also very hoppy tasting. Sweet caramel balancing the sweet fruity hops. Light resin and a beautiful citrus flavour. Some hints of alcohol toward the back that help thin the body a bit. Great beer. I underestimated it the first time around.
Deep amber-orange colour with a very thin white lacing. Slightly cloudy. Rich caramel toffee malts balance off a huge load of pine, spice, and grapefruity hops. There is also a bright citrus hop aroma and some cookie dough in the malt profile. Flavour is quite well-balanced with just enough malty sweetness to balance the prominent hopping. Resiny and citrusy hop flavour with a nicely bitter finish. A good beer, but I think itís highly over-rated.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good lord dat-alada-hop...Silly name excellent brewery. Havenít had anything bad from them yet!
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark golden/orange color with a lingering whitish head. Smell-super hopped! Sugary/hoppy taste and full of flavor to the end.
This is one great beer that has just arrived in Houston-lucky us.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange with a cream colored, soapy head. Strong citrus and piney hop aromas. Flavor is mostly bitter hops, with grapefruit and lemon dominating, overlaid on a caramel malt base. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat oily, and the finish is lingering and bitter. The 9% ABV provides a pleasant alcohol burn. Not my favorite style, but I did enjoy this beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 . Distinct malt tinged hop aroma, thick almost syrupy mouthfeel, ( the glass is always sticky if you get this on tap) the citrus hop blended perfectly with over the top malt, I see no room for improvement, its the standard that everyone else will have to match. My only hope is that DFH never softens or weakens it
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 Draught. Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, Texas while attending the Breederís Cup, October 30, 2004. Great look of dark orange and amber and nose is strong malt and hops. Huge thick and chewy head that stays for the entire pint. I have been told about this one for a while, but I believe it has a bit too much sweetness. I did drink this one outside on a sunny day (not the perfect environment for a heavily malted IPA) but I still found it a bit too malty and barleywine-ish. Not that that is terrible by any means, it just masked these great and uncommon hops, and I wanted to taste some more of those. I canít wait to try the 60 minute....
I sampled this one again on 1-29-2005 with homebrewerguy from the bottle. Not nearly as sweet as the draught and also a bit more smoky. Actually a little more interesting if sampled from the bottle. Good stuff
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is a huge beer. The only imperial IPA Iíve had before is Victory Hop Devil, and honestly, I was a bit drunk at the time so I never rated it (Mondiale de la biere 2004). That being said, I donít remember that one being as malty or complex as this. This tastes much like some of the better barley wines Iíve had. Huge nose of malt and hops, sweet and chewy mouthfeel, with a LONG finish of 3 hops Iíve never knowingly had before. Incredible beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Botte dated 11/03. Open the bottle for a big malty smell. Malty, malty, malty! I poured it into a narrow pilsener glass for some odd reason, but that let me see its copper body with golden highlights, under a bubbly head. The taste is sticky; any sweeter and itíd be beer candy. Then I noticed the nice American IPA hop bill sliding in nice and gently, until it demonstrates itís every bit the match of the oversized malt profile. Total impression is of a hoppy young barley wine. I hadnít realized this was an Imperial IPA. Iíll have to see if I can cellar my remaining bottles. Still, glad to have had a relatively fresh one, so I could catch the hops before they fade out.