Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 Hoppy, hoppy, hop to the hoppy! I was actually surprised at how nicely this brew was balanced...what could have been a hopfest was actually a malt/hop consilience of sorts. Strong, crisp hops define the palate, and leave a nice aftertaste. I agree with previous reviewers that the alcohol is well-hidden. A quality brew. Hopefully I will get a chance to try the 120-minute IPA. Update 6/29/03: after sipping several 12-ounce bottles, I have to bump up the flavor and overall ratings. I love this IPA.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, floral bouquet slams you in the nose as you pop the cork. Huge white frothy head which lasts for quite a while. Hoppy aroma but not overpoweringly strong with some citrus. I actually expected more in the aroma. Color of clear, golden orange. Flavor is slightly sour (don't know if this is expected) with more citrus presence. Very smooth drinking. Finish is bitter with a hops kick and very smooth. Hides its alcohol very well. A very good beer that is loaded with hops but not to overpowering. A brew for anyone who likes bitter and hoppy style ales.
crazyvin (1799) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good, deep golden color with a white head. Had a strong hoppy taste with a nice malty balance. Not a strong alcohol taste. For an IPA i found it to be heavy on the stomach. I also noted the aftertaste lingered for sometime after i took a sip.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Light orange/amber color with big fluffy off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma has lots of sharp, catty american hops (chinook?), with hints of apricot, caramel, and lemon. Flavor is rather malty upfront, with caramel and vanilla, followed by citrusy american hops and a hint of wood. Finish is acidic and mildly bitter, with just the faintest metallic note at the conclusion.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmmm, where to start? Serving size : 25 oz. cork capped bottle. No best before date that I can see. Pours out a deep golden
color, with over-flowing head. I had to actually use a spoon and take some of the head out, because I couldn't smell the beer
itself. Sweet aromas of fresh cut hay, malts, and hops. Nice smooth caramel taste up front, with a smooth maltiness in the
middle, followed by a subdued hops bite at the end. Very floral in it's aromas as it warms up. Hints of citrus and spices in the
nose. Well balanced mix of malts and hops on the tongue. It has a pleasant aftertaste, and hides it's 9% ABV very well. You
don't even notice it, until your stomach starts getting rather warm. My first Dogfish beer, and not a let down, either. Let's all go
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber, nice long lasting head. Aroma has floral notes. Mildly sweet; hop profile is strong but not harsh at all. In some ways a simple beer but a big one at the same time.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 Wonderful shade of bronze with a light tan head. The scent reveals a full bouquet of hops! Surprisingly sweet tasting considering the amount of hops in the beer. Like a lighter version of Stone's Ruination IPA. Finishes well with a slight lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Recommended. Can't wait for the 120 Minute IPA.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intense hops bitterness in the aroma...nice sweet character to it, but really it was just all hops. The flavor was much of the same...sweet, citrusy, floral hops character that drowned out anything else that could have been going on. The bottle shows a man hammering a nail into his nose. That's exactly what this beer feels like...hammering in the hops.
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 .Beautiful amber body, white lacy head. Nice hoppy aroma, but not overpowering. Big hoppy flavor balanced by some malt. Smooth, dry mouthfeel and a bitter, lasting finish. This is an amazing beer for a hop junkie like myself. My first perfect score after 85 beers. Re-rate: Unfurtunately, the switch to 12oz bottles and an apparent recipe change has left this beer a shadow of its former self. Much of the hop profile that made it so unique is gone, and left it simply an average IIPA.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Strong citrus/grapefruit aroma, even through sizeable thick frothy off-white head. Flavor includes strong fruit aspect. Extremely strong flavor. Surprisingly rich from the maltiness, with lingering pleasant bitter aftertaste.