3fourths (7515) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Bottle:
Golden light orange hue. Just barely enough to be called murky. Not much of an aroma. Mild earthy, leathery feeling and flavor, like wheat on steroids. Doesnít fit the "US IPA" category well, but that seems to be DFHís style. Nice and mild, pleasent, most importantly. 6/4/7/4/14
Draft (Aug 2006):
Had this at Zenoís in State College, PA. Extremely nice fruity and floral hop nose, creamy mandarin oranges and pineapple all over the nose in this thing. Very well hopped. Smooth, thick, a bit sticky and syrupy... very fresh all around, really orders of magnitude above the bottled version. 8/4/9/4/17
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Strong but smooth hops initially with a balancing malt follow; not as much hops as I had expected. Alcohol is noticeable but not disconcertingly so. An excellent IPA but somewhat pricey.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good amber orange colorsmall white creamy head that lasted for a nice long time.Malty fruity aroma with a nice hop presence,fairly sweet caramel as well.The taste is malty and light caramel then it switches to a nice semi-sweet hop taste,the alcohol does make a brief appearance in the taste but not to harshly.There is also a mild fruity taste that pops up in the beginning citrusy.The after taste is gentil and smooth with a nice hop bitterness and mild malt.This is a very nice brew and was a very nice trade to get it.Thanks Pabobcat.
HighlanderOne (930) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 UPDATE: I swear I tasted pineapple and grapefruit (much like the juice) this time. It was prominent in the flavor and the aftertaste. What's even weirder is that I liked it.
9/18 - Has the fresh, clean aroma of a brewery. The hop flavor is hearty and delicious. I could actually feel the hop flavor dancing on my tongue well after swallowing - kinda like Indian food. Alcohol only noticable in aftertaste and is not dominant. A real treat for hop lovers.
temporrari (377) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 Way too sweet. Not very hoppy, lots of malty sweetness. Itís got good color. Doesnít really reveal itís ABV. But, the flavor is not very good, the mouthfeel isnít very good, itís rather cloying. They need to cut back on the malts or get a yeast that can attenuate it or do something with this. Too sweet like all of their beers.
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent choice for my 100 rating. Hazy orange color with small carbination bubbles constantly on the move. Aroma was hoppy, but not everly so, floral and spices. The taste was hoppy and bitter as expected, but I think I was expecting more, but thats ok with me. Finishes with an alcohoic kick, just to let you know its there.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 small white fizzy head that remains only as a ring. grapefruit citrus with pretty flower/perfume taste and smell. slightly sparkling body thatís a yellow/orange haze. tastes sweet, bitter, and all with alcohol. should i go on? not today. i just want to drink another. UPDATE 8/3/04: so damn smooth. the best IIPA to drink at a party. lots of alcohol to make up for the full body. UPDATE 4/29/05: snifter / tight and complex little (er, big) brew... alcohol, wood, caramel, and light citrus, floral/perfume. actually, i still like it a lot! UPDATE: mix this with Averyís Maharaja!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 This one was sampled from the 12 oz. bottle 10-03 batch.Smells like sweet (malt hops blend)w/ a pineapple edge.I sense the alcohol.Nice hazy looking autumn gold/decent quick fade head/some lace.Very kind and smooth strong ale(though this is the revised recipe? Still some fine sweet balanced hop nectar.More realistic than the 120(still a stellar creation!)Has some dreadnaught characteristics.(I recently aquired quite a few 750's(12-02 batch)Much different than the 12oz. version which I enjoy alot more.The yeast adds an undesirable character IMO,still very good but not nearly as good as a nice fresh bottle.I must say the head out of the 750 is awesome(belgian like)Creamy mouth,awesome mellowing effect(still bitter yet smooth)
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich amber color with a small head. Aroma is of powerful hoppieness with some light fruity/floral tones. Taste starts off stongly hopped but not overpowering. Some lighter citrus comes through and just a touch of balancing malt. Finish is bitter, slighly dry, and warmingly alcoholic.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Bottle, basement temp: Iíve had this beer many times, since it came out, but apparently Iíve never rated it before. Iím sure I have, but I guess I just never entered it. Anyway, the beer has a lovely amber hue and a frothy, lasting head. It just sparkles in the light. What a great-looking beer. Malts are thick with flavor: toast, some roast and some baked. Cakey and good. Hops really spice up the nose, providing a sense of "warmth." Alcohol is wholesome and friendly, like a stone fireplace in a snow-covered cabin. Wonderfully flavored, rich and balanced. One of my favs. Rerate, year-old-plus bottle: Vibrant nose. Rather vinous. Seems thicker and creamier, texture-wise. Much more complex malts, with notes of toffee, dates and caramel. Still a big bitterness, but wafty pine notes have faded. Malt lovers will like the aged version better, but hop lovers need to seek out fresh bottles. At any rate, itís still REALLY good! New recipe: Seems to be much maltier, with tamer hops.