WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hop flavors but a surprisingly large amount of maltiness to back it up. There is a chewy sweetness that keeps the hops from overwhelming. For me this could be a session beer because it is that smooth.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears a rich coppery orange with a 3 finger head that lasts. Plenty of thick white lacing sticks all over the goblet.
Smell is of tons of orange and grapefruit citrus with sugary biscuity malts.
Taste is fíin awesome. I love the balance of sugary biscuit and bitterness that works well together as a dynamic duo. Very resinous, sticky and sweet with no overkill.
The mouthfeel is great. Sticky with nice carbonation.
Drinkablitiy is awesome. I canít think of anything to dislike about this beer.
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To be honest, I donít like IPAs, but this creature wasnít too bad. Itís the best IPA I have ever had, which I suppose is not THAT much of a compliment, but in my own little way it is. The hops are huge and the citrusy flavor can seem overwhelmingly strong, but it covers up the alcohol taste quite well, so I will pick my battles wisely.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like liquid gold with a thin white head. The room fills with IPA citrusy / grapefruit aroma. Mouth starts watering. Citrus, grapefruit, a bit of piney hop in the flavor. Mouthfeel is good - itís not watery, you can feel a bit of thickness. Flirtations of alcohol in the finish, but the taste is only barely there. It warms the belly nicely. Bitter, yet clean finish. This IPA well deserves its high ranking.
weisinator (67) - USA - SEP 15, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I like hops. I didnít realize just how much I liked hops until I tried this. OMFG, this is quite possibly the BEST beer I have EVER had.
brownaler (393) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Candy like hop aroma with little to no head. Hazy red-brown appearance. Finally, NC gets an imperial IPA. This has a diffent flavor from 60 min, the hops are more chewy rounding out the bite in the finish. Damn I could drink this all day.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Got this bottle while visiting relatives in Michigan, and have been looking forward to trying it finally.
Pours a golden color with a decent head that slowly fades away to a small cap with some pretty decent lacing.
Smells is citrus, pine, hops and malt. Not as overwhelming as I expected. This is my first double IPA, and I was expecting a stronger assault on the nose.
Taste is initially citrus and hops, but finishes with a nice malt sweetness to it. Itís smoother and has a lot more balance than I was expecting. I find that I have to force myself to not drink this to quickly.
I havenít had very many DFH beers, but this is my favorite one thus far.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Draught at Tylerís in Durham, NC. Hazy amber color with thin head that laced the glass. Citrusy hop nose and flavor. Caramel malt aroma is also prominent. You can also taste the malt and alcohol in this strong beer. Similar to Rogue I2PA, but much more malty/sweet. Smooth mouth feel, almost heavy.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Bottle. Pours copper color, bright and deep, with a dense, lasting beige head. Citrus and hops dominate the aroma, with especially fruity and flowery orange and peach notes. Sweet flavor up front, fruity with some light honey, but big, dry hoppiness at the finish. The sweetness doesnít linger, keeping it from tiring by the end of the bottle. Alcohol is also well hidden. The barley is very present, giving it a full, chewy feel, but creamy at the same time. Absolutely delicious.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle: the pour is the color of shinny new copper. withe a small beige head. the aroma is of citrusy hops, flowers, and sweet caramel/malt. possible peachy apricot hints. the flavor is of sweet malt/caramel/honey with alot of citrus fruits. peachy. towards the end a piney bitterness pokes through to tie it all together. the mouth feel is nice and full. man i love this beer.