motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at blind tiger and i reckon it might have been a bit more subdued than in the bottle. woody, sherry aroma. pretty sticky in the mouth but with some vanilla and plum and then a big hit of grapefruit
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle(s). Iíve had so much of this and Iím shocked Iíve never rated it here. Pretty copperish amber pour; medium brainy head that fades to a lingering trace. Aromas are a surprisingly solid mix of malt and hop. Flavors are not even close to blaanced. This beer is an assault of hops. The difference between this and many hop overboard beers is that this one presents a substantial, sweet, chewy malt backbone on which to stand its hop component. Itís good beer. No, itís great.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Bottle into tulip glass. If there were a Platonic form of IPA floating in the supersensible ether, DFH 90 min. is the reflection of it in the mortal, human world. Drinking this is tantamount to fighting off the shadowy, unreal imitations of beer shackling us in our cave of ignorace to emerge (as if from the womb) to see the sunlight for the first time. The perfection of this beer actually scares me; Iím tempted to look into the sun, to try and actually see that glowing orb, but I know I will be blinded by its brilliance.
Now, to practical matters. The smell: smoky hops and alcohol. The vision: orange amber, clear, with a peachish white head, creamy and average sized, mostly lasting, small-bubble lacing. The taste: cream and fruit at first and some unexpected maltiness; hops bitter comes on slow like a train from far away, and intensifies; basil dryness and a bit of black pepper accent the hops; all flavors last through the long finish. The touch, the feel: medium to full bodied; creamy; soft carbonation. Overall: DOPE.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
With IPAís being my favorite style, I must say I havenít enjoyed one as much as this in quite awhile. Balanced and luscious in every way. The floral / citrus hops just fill the air. Gotta enjoy this one on the warmer side (55-60 degrees) to really appreciate the aroma. Lots of sweet crystal malts balance out the orange-grapefruit hop flavor and snappy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a long bitter-sweet finish. Makes me want to go out and drop the $7.50 on a bottle of the 120 to compaare. This babyís gotta be tough to beat!
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber/orange with a medium white head. Aroma of rosemary and hops.
Somewhat malty/sweet at first then finishing with a nice hop kick. Alcohol
is well hidden.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 poured clear amber. the alcohol% was hidden better then other high percentage beers. the consistency was oily and it seemed to slide around in your mouth. NIce fruity taste.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 Had a very nice balance for such a strongly hoppy beer. The finish is pretty bitter as well. Definitely a beer you need to sip, as the flavors are very intense. The high alcohol content is hidden very well. Had a nice sweet aroma and above average mouth feel. If youíre in the mood for a very strong, but well-balanced IPA, this is one of the best!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a thin head, orange in color. Aroma is malty with a little hop. Taste is initially malty and then a nice juicy, piney flavor. Good, and I would not hesitate to drink this again, but I am going with Dreadnaught
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Didnít really like all that much. It was okay, I just feel its terribly overrated! Very hopsy. Tasted like bongwater!
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
a great ipa. well balanced, and more complex than the 120 minute. hops continue to kick your butt even as it warms up a little