Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 Huge creamy head on a hazy orange, super hoppy smelling beer. I'm not sure if the amount of hops or the fact the malt keeps up is more amazing. The 9% ABV is unnoticeable except in the stomach and may be its biggest flaw.
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Very excellent IPA, cloudy dark copper color, kept a very nice head out of the bottle that I had with a cork, tasted as close to out of the tap as humanly possible, very much full bodied, very hoppy taste, just a hint of orangy & citrus flavor, very very spicy aftertaste, you could drink eight glasses of water & still not gotten the taste out of your mouth, just a wonderful IPA, very very excellent, rates right up there (in my mind) with Stoudt's IPA, very much worth the expense and/or the trip, awesome beer
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have never met a such a hoppy beer with such little hoppy aroma. I kept trying to smell and take in a nice hoppy aroma, but it just never happened, not even when warm. I agree there is a very nice underlying maltiness to this beer. Hops are nice, but it really lacks that synergystic quality that would take it to the upper echelon of IPAs in my book. An entertaining beer and much respect for the Joel-Peter Witkin photograph, good beer but not deserving of a 4+ rating.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 Hops hops hops, yes, but User_Ex has it right to my mind: The malt is also huge! Honey and fruit, as he says, but also way way down is that doughiness. This thing is really incredible. Not my favorite IPA, but one of the most ípackedí beers in recent memory...since my last Bear Republic beverage, I believe.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very well done. I was not expecting such a smooth beer. A great amber color and a nice head. Alcohol is warming, and there is an appropriate balance between malt and hops.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2002
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Too much alcohol and hops, tastes like hop vomit.
areitz (5) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this beer at a Beer festival in the Poconos this past year. This was a step up from their 60-minute IPA Dogfish Head head the year before. The hoppier the better. Thanks for producing a great beer and I canít wait to see these guys in Boston.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange, with minimal head. Smooth hoppy hoppy aroma -- rich potential. Much stronger flavor -- big bang, so one-dimensional itís not funny. Almost pulls it off but suffers for that imbalance. Still a good beer but misses greatness.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I believe that here they went over with amount of hops. Aroma was actually quiet nice (peachy alcohol etc).
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 7-19-02 Damn, I thought I would have to call the Crocodile hunter to wrestle this cork from the bottle, get a cork screw, nothing else will do.Very hoppy, nice and bitter and very complex.Loads of flavors here I'd recommend this one, reminds me of my buddy Tim Totty's famous Tennessee homebrew. Good value! Re-Rate IPA's are the One. 12 Oz. bottles out now, I will call this Dreadnaught's little brother, citrus, complex, sweet , so much better than corked bottles,Ok someone trade me for the 120, Highly Recommended !