Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 Not sure if it was the dry hopping or what but this tasted like a cross between a IIpa and bad fish. It was a fresh batch and the fishiness subsided as it warmed but holy crap. COLD,this stuff blows.
2-28-06 Re rate. Having have a few more bottles something tells me I got a bad batch. Poured light gold with little head. Aroma of mild hops,light citrus and a hint of sweetness. ABV well masked. A bit watery in the mouthfeel for a beer this strong but thats a plus (or not)as it makes it easy to drink a few. Tastes pretty much like it smells.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amaber with a small off white head. Aroma is piney and hoppy. The taste has a lot of hops but is balanced out very well by sweetness and bitterness. nice long bitter finish. Well done.
miketrum (18) - NAUGATUCK, Connecticut, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
a great great IPA. Had it on tap in a pint glass. Very hoppy but balanced. I am a hops freak and this did the trick.
moody (12) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!!! I canít knock this one for anything. One of the most drinkable beers Iíve ever had. Not as bitter as most IPAs. Little aftertaste. Goes down easier than Paris Hilton.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer looks sexy in the glass. Pours a clear rich amber with a frothy white head that diminishes to a thin cap. Nose is piney with that strange dogfish malt smell. Palate is thick and lasting. Like drinking pineapple juice. This beer could be a little more bitter, but otherwise itís great. And Itíll do the trick quick without you realizing it.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A golden amber color with a beige frothy head, aroma is sweet fruit. Wow this is a darn good beer, plenty of mouth watering hop flavor, with just the right amount of malt. A sweet taste similar to grapefruit, this is simply a great tasting brew if you enjoy IPAís.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am by no means an expert at describing specific flavors, but I will attempt it nonetheless. I had this on tap at a bar neer my home having never heard of it. It had an amber/golden mixture in its color with a thin head, though this could be due to ambiant conditions in the bar. I love IPAs as a group and this one is top shelf in the category. Spiced fruits come through when first sipped with that signature IPA hoppiness on the long finish. This beer got me interested in the rest of the excellent DFH line.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is such a well balanced freekiní beer. Pours a clear light copper pennie / orange with a generous, mostly deminishing, silky offwhite head. It has a deep aroma of sweet grapefruit piney hops and cookie dough malts. The flavor of this beer is so big. Its in no way overly hoppy which one would intisipate. It has such a well balance of malt and hops. Which include sweet grapefruit, cookie dough, pine, with a bitter alcohol finish. The body is thick making the flavor just linger in your mouth. The best IPA I have ever experiance so far.
wxman (1575) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber in color with a big white head that lingers. Very hoppy, but malty sweetness comes through nicely. Alcohol is evident in itís warmth, but not in taste due to the dominant hopping. An excellent Imperial IPA, but not for everyone.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent, my favorite IPA. Floral aroma almost smacks of tropical fruits.