scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours thicker than imagined, with a light amber color and thin, white head. Aroma is defintely hop heavy, but not overpowering. Flavor - Very balanced, this IPA is extremely strong flavored with a nice kick, but no flavor dominates. Very smooth, very long lasting. Great beer!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 4/25/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in the mail from Dogfish Head Brewery 2/30/04. RERATE. Pours a clear, dark golden color with fantastic, dense creamy off-white head and viscous, thick appearance. Just amazing head on this beast, lasts all night long. Aroma is divine-- bubblegum hops, nice sweetness and floral quality with just enough bite. Flavor is a bit of a letdown, much milder than I'd expected; piney hops and subtle sweetness return, but it doesn't do a whole lot. Pretty nice, but not mind-blowing like I'd hoped. Body is just exquisite, a full, creamy mouthfeel with a nice, smooth finish. A very drinkable, elegant double IPA. Just delectable. I actually gave the exact same ratings on my re-rate as I had on my original rating.
12/5/03. On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival in Carlsbad, CA 12/5/03. Incredibly dense, frothy and rocky head, off-white, with good size. Lasts forever. Dark, golden clear body. Mellow, sweet bubblegum hops, very strong in flavor concentration but mellow, if that makes sense. Perfectly clean taste of hop and pale malt. Very fresh and clean taste and feel. Very nice, cooling mouthfeel and wonderfully smooth finish. Not too bitter, but very long and elegant finish. Finish is extremely balanced, as is the beer in general. I went on a Double IPA binge at the Strong Ale Festival, and this and the Pizza Port Frank were my two favorites that I tried.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this taste. This is a wonderful example of the style, very close to being my favorite (if I could easily get more that would help). I have it placed just south of Stone Ruination and Three Floyds Dreadnaught.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle Dec 13 2003) Orangy hue, light beige head. Cloudy. Fruity flower aroma slight spice present in aroma Smooth bitter dry. Citrusy Hoppy as hell. Delectable.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - thanks to The_Beer_God for the trade! Pours rich amber and slightly hazy with a fluffy, white head that diminished leisurely. Aroma is immediately hoppy, lots of citrus and piney scents, with a rich sweet malt character also evident. Flavor is sweet maltiness, bit of orange, and a hop bite that chomps down and lingers on the back of the tongue. Thick body and creamy carbonation make this one a pleasure to drink. Not my favorite Imperial IPA, but definitely a good one.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy orange color with a small head and a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Delicious and big citrusy aroma of grapefruit, lemon/lime and mint. Good medium body and quite drinkable, with loads of hoppy flavors surprisingly well balanced by the malt. Lingering bitter hoppy finish with a hint of alcohol. Maybe I'm just getting more used to these hop bombs because this one seemed fairly civilized. I'm not complaining though-good stuff!
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 This courtesy of hopsrus (thanks!) poured a clear orange body covered by an initially large off-white head that diminishes quickly in a fin du monde glass. Nevertheless, an honest film for a beer of this caliber maintains the position. The smell is floral hops up front with definite orange character. Innocent malt is not absent from that sniff in the form of baked cookies. As it enters the mouth, it’s rather "coating", thick and velvety as seems usual with dogfish head. First sip is excellent with a sausage+sauerkraut dinner, great combination. I appreciate the difference from all-cascade IPA, but still, the last sips seemed far more boring, one-dimensional, rather tart in mouth and all about agressive (unbalanced) bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is top notch clean though and 9% is nowhere to be found.
On recent samples, either I got over sensible to sweetness or this one got sweeter, because this is agressively sweet for an IPA though not so much as the 120, but still not very pleasant to me, syrupy and very hard to drink.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured a bright, nearly glowing amber with a big white diminishing head. Smells like petunias and grapefruit. Tastes like sucking on a grapefruit. Sucking on a grapefruit sucks. I don't care how much malt was trundled into this; it doesn't make me change my mind about the grapefruit. Ew.
Kodos (200) - USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer POURS big! Long lasting head that sheets the glass all the way to the finish. Body is creamy, full, sweet citrus and a slight taste of wood. Finishes slightly acidic with a real nice hop bite. One of my favorite IPA's!
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange color. The flavor is piney more so than citrusy like the 60 minute. A decent amount of malt presence to balance it off and the alcohol is very nicely hidden.