Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a golden brown with heads that quickly faded. The initial aroma contained hops, banana and a subtle mix of other fruits. It was not as bitter as I thought, but still strong. The flavor exploded in my mouth - grapefruit and celery is the best way to describe it. Can pick up the 9% ABV, but this is still a keeper.
ceejmeister (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly an enjoyable beer. I especially like the fact that the hops are not over the top on this one. A great taste from start to finish.
Capa (2724) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured amber in color. Had a citrus bite to it that was very enjoyable. Hops, grapefruit also plenty of bitterness is noticable. Very good brew.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice IPA from Dogfish, second only to Stone’s Ruination IPA in my opinion. Strong citrus fruits in the aroma with a taste that has heavy grapefruit overtones. A medium white head that’s quickly diminishing. Very hoppy in taste (to be expected with this type of beer) nice and bitter.
mhack1128 (16) - gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best beer i have tried up to this point. Very flavorful with a little bite (9% alki content being the reason for that) the taste is heavenly and rich. must let the beer air for a minute or two first. starts out a little to yeasty but goes away after a minute of airing. buy one if you get a chance
Redmash (2) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2006 does not count
1.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
I don’t see what the appeal is to this beer. It starts off with all malt and sweet. Finishes with a small amount of aroma in the back end. Totally off balance for a Double IPA. Nice dark color. Hops need to be more upfront and available in the nose. Closer to a barleywine than anything. Not very good.
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Steilacoom Wine and Brew. Beer pours a deep caramel color, very dark even for an imperial IPA. A good amount of head that lasts, nose is definately sweet, and hop, some apricot and mollasis. Mouthfeel is 9%, not harsh, just 9%... this is a BIG IPA and has alot of malt in it... perfectly wonderful for IPA fans and Barley Wine fans alike... Great brew!
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12.27.05) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo Wine and Spirits (formerly Armanetti’s), Mundelein, IL. 9% ABV. Orange hued ale having a small diminishing white head with spare lacing. No discernable carbonation. Strong hoppy flower aroma. Medium-to-full bodied IPA that starts with light malt sweetness and intense hoppy flavors. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. Though this beer has a high hop profile, it is not an aggressively hoppy beer as the hops are well supported by a firm malt foundation. This was my favorite Dogfish head IPA as compared to its 60 minute and 120 minute IPA counterparts. Another superb offering by Dogfish Head brewery.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden amber color. Aromas of floral hops, some sweetness, and a touch of fruit. Flavors of hops, pine and citrus. Light body with a bittersweet finish and long aftertaste. Thanks dhrjericho!
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jan. 5, 2006; 12 oz. bottle.
As many others have noted, the alcohol is dangerously well-hidden. Is there such a thing as a "session" double IPA? :-)
Balanced with a huge body, it’s just a shade too sweet for my personal taste. Nonetheless, a very impressive brew; and I shall enjoy working my way through this four-pack.