maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good show from Dogfish Head. This IPA has a delightful bitterness without the harsh taste present from their other IPAs.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Crystal clear amber, beautiful fine bubbly head that lasts and shows nice lacing. Spicy hop nose and noticeable alcohol with a subtle malt underpinning. Very light carbonation, just right, allows a medium full mouthfeel. Caramel malt and some fruity esters are well balanced by spicey hop flavor. The finish is not as bitter or dry as I had expected, considering the hop aromas and flavor. The malty sweetness lingers a little, but there is enough hop bittering for a balanced finish. Very nice, and what Iíve come to expect from Dogfish Head.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 big creamy head, brew looks like ice tea, thick palate, intense ester nose with a similar dry malty finish, hop fruits, i n t e n s e
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Pours an uninteresting copper color, but with a big pale yello-gold head. Aroma is sweet, honeyish with plenty of hops. Big thick sweet taste with thick mouthfeel yet surprisingly agile and is expertly countered with the bitterness of the hops. Long finish that is kind of sweet and bitter at the same time. Pretty darn good.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great hoppy taste! If you like hops youíll love this beer. They still manage to get great hop flavor and not have it be ridiculously dry and bitter. And itís good and strong!
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Far too sweeet for my liking. Not enough hops and too much malt. Too expensive also.
kapital75 (6) - USA - OCT 31, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
maybe it was just me but after pouring this beer smelled like its namesake. thankfully, i was able to get past that. very flavorful and kicks like a mule!
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an amber color that is not perfectly clear with a tan head. There is great head retention and very good lacing. There is a sweet taste to this beer along with the hop and slight malt flavor. It is almost a grapefruit sweetness with a medium bitter taste. I can see how people really like this beer, but it is not for me.
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this IPA. I admit, IPAs are my favorite. But this hoppy IPA is unreal. Looks good, smells good, and taste so hoppy it will knock your socks off. Buy it now.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 Not sure if it was the dry hopping or what but this tasted like a cross between a IIpa and bad fish. It was a fresh batch and the fishiness subsided as it warmed but holy crap. COLD,this stuff blows.
2-28-06 Re rate. Having have a few more bottles something tells me I got a bad batch. Poured light gold with little head. Aroma of mild hops,light citrus and a hint of sweetness. ABV well masked. A bit watery in the mouthfeel for a beer this strong but thats a plus (or not)as it makes it easy to drink a few. Tastes pretty much like it smells.