PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
excellent hoppy ale! a big fun time in a bottle!
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Smooth, creamy, and very hopppy. good, yet not as impressive as other IPAís and strong ales i have had.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best american IPA Iíve tried. A beautful showcase for west-coast hops. A good malt balance not found in most American IPAís. Well done. I think the English would really like this stuff.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Amber color with a big foamy tan head. Powerful floral sweet hop aroma with a foreshadowing of fruits. Very bitter. Wonderful aroma throughout. Malty flavors and dry.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber copper, retaining a thin head. Very nice floral aroma; quite like an English strong ale--interesting to see where the IPA style ultimately leads. Soft alcohol and very dry flavor. Smooth, a bit creamy, and gentle bitterness. But in the end, Iím not a hophead, and as much as I drink in these genres, I have yet to rave.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 the label of course depicts a hugely unsavory lizard-necked gentleman apparently hammer-pounding a 20 penny nail straight into his sinuses. why the brewer would choose to regale/repel us with this image in connection with their beer is not explained. self-torture? a freak show? the beer however is beautiful, a flowing yeast-studded flaxen pour with a tub of linen white suds, dot-spangled with tattered lace. nose is buttered hop pollen, both the sap and dry woodiness of pine cones. quite magnificent, truly. ’perfume of the gods’ may be hyperbole, but ’armpit of aphrodite’ works for me as a fanciful allusion. i began to recieve my 9% buzz almost at once: sense of calm and relaxation upfront with mingled notes of moderate euphoria; light cheek-numbing and ruddy blush coupled with heightened wit and cerebral animacy, leading to a lingering glee and richly colored tones of vim conducive to holiday merry-making. (actual results may vary). slo- poke caramel with electrified hops. and whataya know? it actually took me 90 minutes to drink it! a great entertainment value, priced today at only $5.99.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re-rate: I had this again last night, and I had to up itís rating some. The 3.8 I had previously given it was not justified. Itís just one hell of a satisifying beer. Plenty of hops, nice malt balance, and a happy amount of alcohol to boot. 9/8/2002 This was a deceiving beer. At first, it smelled very nice, citrus, flowers, perfume. The taste, however, was very sweet and malty, I was surprised, thinking of the name. However, as time elapsed, the beer became much more hoppy and bitter. I became more and more happy as I drank. This may have been the 9%, but I know the added hoppiness and bitterness contributed. I was surprized, but certainly happy with this one. Enjoy.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, Wow, Wow. What a great IPA, and the best lable of any brew I have had yet! Yes the cork is a bastard, but then all that fighting makes you thirsty! Now, about the beer, this has one of the thickest heads that I have ever had, the liquid is orange brown in color, smell of strong hops, taste of hops and strong malt. There isnt a over the top hop burn, which in my mind in a good thing. My only complaint is that it tastes slightly metallic. This is probably the best IPA I have had. Re-Rate 8/17: I must have had a dirty glass, no more metallic taste with the next 2 bottles, this is the best American made beer I have ever had. Update 12/21: No longer my favorite American beer but still my favorite IPA
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dogfish Head, do I need to say more? After trying this wonderful, flavorful and floral brew I needed more. The round trip of three hundred miles was worth it to stock up. A truly great beer. Think Iíll chew another.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear rusty tan in color, slim foam. A small hint of hops in the smell but not to much at all. The taste is hoppy but is unfortunatley covered by the terrible alcohol taste , like wise it leaves an after taste of alcohol. IMHO not a great brew, not at all.