tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious and hoppy as hell. To me, this is the standard of Imperial IPAs and all I dream about when I think of serious IPAs. Another good call from Dogfish Head.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extra strong pineapple, floral, citrus, spice, sweet peach, very complex aroma. Gorgeous orange color with obvious strength by how the light is refracted by the thick syrupy body and the numerous bubbles move slowly to the dense perfect white head. Slight chill haze that clears as it warms. Straight ahead hop bomb flavor with a rich malt liquor palate. Finishes sweet and spicy with low percieved bitterness. Very good but a bit sweet for my tastes.
lilsis (4) - USA - SEP 7, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely amber color with thin white head. I smell hops and banana fosters (banana/caramel/molasses). A little bit spicy, and definitely interesting wthout overwhleming. Emjoyable finish.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden orange with fine head. Peach, syrup, malt, orange, candy, and more in the nose. Medium mouthfeel with bitter lingering finish. Roasted flavors, carmel, pine, citrus, vanilla, nice flavors. Not enough malt it seems to support the hops, though this could show more when warm. Not bad
tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet initial taste that turns into hints of the high alcohol percent. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but still very drinkable.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís certainly very hoppy, but not too extreme for me. However, like many US hop monsters, I found the overall impression rather too sweet. Big alcohol afterburn. As SilkTork says, Randall wasnít working when we were there, although they did manage to get it set up the following day. Unfortunately the hops, which were supposed to be coming over from the US with the brewer, never turned up, so they had to cadge some from Fullers. Cask, GBBF 2004.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Very hoppy, very dark for an ipa. I love the bitterness. This is the best ipa I have ever had.
ON TAP at DFH Brewhouse in Falls Church, VA. More pronounced hops and a stronger floral quality is present.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep amber with bright white dense head...smelled quite piney and citrusy, also a little alcohol...tasted very smooth with the bittr hoppiness coming on slowly at the end...very drinkable, but definate alcohol in the finish...overall a great beer, but I think a little over-rated...
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Great golden color that holds wonderful hoppy sweetness. Not very bitter at all considering. Easy to drink for this hoppy of an IPA....leave a lingering orange/citrus flavor. Just an exceptional IPA!
Beerbob (1) - Kellet, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very hopped brew without the extreme bitter taste. Itís an exceptionally hopped beer with a balanced flavor that wonít scare tha average beer drinker away.