melvinatheses (1) - Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2004 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not what I was expecting based on the other comments. I didnít care for the aroma or appearance. A little heavy in my mouth, not as much bitter aftertaste as I was expecting with as much hopping that they do. I know itís bottle conditioned, but maybe my bottle was a little flat? Recommended and I would drink it again, but not on the top of my list.
beak43 (3) - Springfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2004 does not count
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Way over rated. I was expecting hop nirvana in a glass and was met with very little anything. No aroma, some hop bitterness and a very slight grapefruit flavor. No balance between malt and hops. Very disappointing, maybe I got a bad bottle but I was not impressed.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great stuff. Amber with an off-white head. Aroma was grapefruit/hops. Full-bodied, thick, creamy. Flavor was awesome. Citrus/grapefruit. Refreshing and satisfying. Excellent!
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one fine ale....one of the best Iíve ever enjoyed. It pours a nice deep amber color. The aroma is a sweet, floral, citrusy one. The mouthfeel is thicker than I imagined, not as syrupy as the DFH 120, and darn good. The taste is superb. Iíd be hard pressed to think of a better example of the style. Hop Wallop and Ruination are excellent, but this bad boy kicks it all up a notch. Iíll always have some of this on hand...period.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark golden pour with a good head that held for a fair amount of time. Nice hop smell not overpowering. The suprise to me on the beer was the balance. I expected more hop bitterness and was met with that but almost just as much sweetness as well
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably the best IPA that I have had to date. Nice pour with a amber color. Excellent maltiness to compliment the hoppiness. Outstanding flavor. It brought me lots of happiness!
motelpogo (6864) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at blind tiger and i reckon it might have been a bit more subdued than in the bottle. woody, sherry aroma. pretty sticky in the mouth but with some vanilla and plum and then a big hit of grapefruit
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle(s). Iíve had so much of this and Iím shocked Iíve never rated it here. Pretty copperish amber pour; medium brainy head that fades to a lingering trace. Aromas are a surprisingly solid mix of malt and hop. Flavors are not even close to blaanced. This beer is an assault of hops. The difference between this and many hop overboard beers is that this one presents a substantial, sweet, chewy malt backbone on which to stand its hop component. Itís good beer. No, itís great.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Bottle into tulip glass. If there were a Platonic form of IPA floating in the supersensible ether, DFH 90 min. is the reflection of it in the mortal, human world. Drinking this is tantamount to fighting off the shadowy, unreal imitations of beer shackling us in our cave of ignorace to emerge (as if from the womb) to see the sunlight for the first time. The perfection of this beer actually scares me; Iím tempted to look into the sun, to try and actually see that glowing orb, but I know I will be blinded by its brilliance.
Now, to practical matters. The smell: smoky hops and alcohol. The vision: orange amber, clear, with a peachish white head, creamy and average sized, mostly lasting, small-bubble lacing. The taste: cream and fruit at first and some unexpected maltiness; hops bitter comes on slow like a train from far away, and intensifies; basil dryness and a bit of black pepper accent the hops; all flavors last through the long finish. The touch, the feel: medium to full bodied; creamy; soft carbonation. Overall: DOPE.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
With IPAís being my favorite style, I must say I havenít enjoyed one as much as this in quite awhile. Balanced and luscious in every way. The floral / citrus hops just fill the air. Gotta enjoy this one on the warmer side (55-60 degrees) to really appreciate the aroma. Lots of sweet crystal malts balance out the orange-grapefruit hop flavor and snappy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a long bitter-sweet finish. Makes me want to go out and drop the $7.50 on a bottle of the 120 to compaare. This babyís gotta be tough to beat!