maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2005. An amber orange coloured beer with a massive hop aroma featuring lots of grapefruit character. The taste is lovely and hoppy. Plenty of citrus hops - grapefruits, oranges and satsumas. Full of flavour and for me better than the Ruination.
DanielBrown (4096) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GBBF 05. Superb aroma of the most inviting hops Iíve ever smelt. Still looking, oily gold beer. Big, booming tasty beer. Dry hops, juicy, jammy with rosehip. Smooth and flavoursome, all the way through. Iím with harrisoni in calling this as my fave brew of the fest.
harrisoni (14992) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Cask at GBBF 2005. My beer of the festival. Never had anything from Dogfish before, so I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Slightly cloudy dark copper/orange colour. Slight herb on the intensely hoppy slightly metallic aroma. This is just a huge rollercoaster of a beer. Superb. Good citric lime flavour mixed in with the hoppy finish. I could still taste this in my mouth the day after (4.5)
Cask at GBBF 2006. The hop aroma is just so wonderful. Fresh hops, grapefruit and golden syrup flavours. (4.8)
Cask at GBBF 08. This is one of my favourites and I looked forward to it for 2 years, so I had it twice on the day it came on before it ran out. Just so drinkable for a 9% beer, it’s untrue. 4.6/5
raymow (1011) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I hate to say it, but I liked the 60 minute better. I guess Iím not as much of a hop head as some. Anyway, the quality (as with all Dogfish Head beers) was evident (as were the hops!)
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops and pine at the nose. Very complex and big flavorfeaturing hops aplenty yet also having a definitve malty backbone. Bitter but only to a point where it is recognized and enjoyed.
Dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz bottle. Pours copper with tiny slow to fast rising bubbles and a huge foamy off-white head that literally begs you to grab a spoon and dig in. Excelllent creamy lacing. Fruit (peach, plum and grape) aromas with hoppy pine notes and a light roasted caramel nutty malt (straw) and yeast (dough) nose. Moderately bitter sweet caramel hop and buttery maple flavor with light acidity and barley, oat notes. Medium bodied and creamy palate with a warming feel, finishes dry and spicy.
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy golden amber... malt hops and slightly citrus in aroma... slightly bitter... a little sweeter than anticipated but not super sweet either... hoppy aftertaste and a dry finish... perdy yummy if ya ask me
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a creamy eggshell colored head. Head is dense and frothy. Thick sheeting lace. Smells of...hops. Bitter and citrusy, orange rind.
Taste is variations on the first sip. Goes something like this: hoppy burn, alcohol burn, sticky rich malt. Rinse. Repeat. OK the alcohol burn is understated and slow to build which actually make it quite warming in the gullet. The hops are an explosion and actually burn the tongue a bit like a good habenero sauce would. There is some citrus in there but mostly bitingly bitter herbal hop flavors. The malt is rich and sweet, molasses, burnt caramel and such. Mouth is sticky, the hops for all their glory do tend to get washed on the tongue by the considerable malt but do linger on the roof of the mouth forever. And your teeth. Great stuff, did this one right they did.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Very nice hop aroma, a nice mouth feel, a little dry after wards like a typical IPA. A nice complex hoppy flavor one of the better IPAís I have had yet. Just wish I could get it somewhere here in GA.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very malty without being too sweet, this is an IPA afterall. Medium bittnerness and good hop aroma.