NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice reddish orange color. Sticky stuff, leaving lots of lace on the glass on the way down. Robust, enticing nose with lots of hops that made my nose tingle a bit and the saliva start flowing. Explosion of vibrant hops on the tounge. Malty flavors take the back seat here, but do make a bit of an impression. I enjoyed the dominant floral charicteristics of this brew, as opposed to the huge citrus/ grapefruit found in most big IPA’s. Long semi sweet finish. Never overly bitter or out of balance, because of the hop selection, in my opinion. Very well done.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Huge hops! Not as over the top as some of the Imperial IPAs, but one of the best for sure.
Certainly packs more hop aroma and taste than the 120 min. I like that its more balanced than other Imperial IPAs.
This is a perfect beer if you enjoy hops.
More floral than grapefruit rind like some IIPA’s.
The alcohol is well hidden, dont know how they keep doing it!
DFH has a big winner here.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Semi-transparent amber with a white head that almost vanishes.
Aroma is basically hops, and the flavour made me think "hopwater" with a bit of malt to add a semblance of balance.
Now, I like big hops, but these were not working for me. Not much of interest in there besides the hops and these didn’t have any uplifting qualities for me.
haukur (1309) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 [re-rate pending] ..... Initial Rating Date: 5/1/2004 3.4
Opinion has not changed, still think it is one of the most overrated beers in america, apricots dominate the aroma which is the only good think about this, faint fruits but overly malty. Nice bitterness but nothing really to back it up.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 bottle 12 oz. Purchased @ Total Wine in Claymont, DE. Beautifull clear amber/copper w nice beige head that fell fairly quickly, moderate lace. Aroma is fresh malt w clean, potent, fresh hops with a very resinous, slightly bubblegum characteristic. Full bodied, big malty flavor with kick ass hop flavors described above. Spicey, complex, quite good. The palate explodes with flavors and they linger with a slow fade to an ever pleasant bitterness. Wonderfull hop "burn" all the way through. I do notice some alcohol taste but basically well hidden. Somewhat sweet. Mighty fine stuff. The hop flavors and bitterness can last on the lips and palate for quite some time afterward. You’re still gonna enjoy even for hours after its drunk every time you belch. 4/$7.99.... Add on: 10/2/04 its as good from the bottle as it is on tap. 10/9/04 Hey, you guys were right...it does smell like bubblegum.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I must give DFH credit when it comes to IPA’s they are standard on the East Coast. This one hides the 9% very nicely until your realize what your are feeling. A winner for any IPA lover
PorterPounder (5593) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper appearance, looks like a fine single malt scotch. Little to no head, Fresh, strong sprucey, hoppy aroma. Good grapefruity essence with a heavy, malty undertone - one of the best balanced "intense" IPAs I have had. Heavy hop presence very evident without being tongue numbing. this one just sits right.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrusy hop aroma. Color and taste is like Yulesmith, but finishes more mellow. Has a nice creamy texture to it. On of the smoothest double IPAs I've had.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 This bottle has been aged for probably about a year and I think it has mellowed out too much. The aroma is that of a slightly hoppy scottish ale. The flavor tastes the same, lots of soft caramel with hops only in the background. I will try to rerate a fresh sample
document (36) - USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this is a good quality strong IPA. It's very, very bitter, but it's lacking the brighter hoppiness of some beers I prefer. Stone Ruination IPA is much nicer, with even more outrageous hoppiness that includes the higher, citrusy hop notes, vs. the black sludge of pine tar taste in the dogfish head 90 minute. I'm not sad that I have three more to drink, but I don't know if I'll buy another four-pack.