vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a nice amber color and a tan head. Smell is of hops all the way. Taste is syrupy/sweet and finishes with a strong hop bitterness. Overall another fine uber-IPA from Dogfish.
chest66 (6) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great pour right out of the bottle - fast fizzing bubbles and a thick head. Delicious hop aroma is readily apparent. The high alcohol content is surprisingly helpful because of the complex flavors that reach the back of the mouth near the end.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is certainly the best IPA I have ever had, and I have had some pretty damn good ones. It just barely squeezes by stone’s IPA. This may sound wierd and sorry for using the reference, but the aroma very much reminded me of really dank pot. This beer has a great hoppy flavor that doesn’t come out as overly bitter. Also, nice citrus sweetness that is common with IPAs. Everything blends together very well. If you can get this beer, definitly give it a shot!
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice looking brew, golden amber body with creamy white head. The aroma is explosive hops.. the hops flies right up your nose...
Flavor is just hops, hops, hops, hops and a little maltiness to balance it out, i was actually expecting a little more excessive hoppiness. It is very balanced though its so extreme and creamy.
Eirikur (374) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a little dissapointed with this brew, I was just expecting something more palate wise. Well, this a plain hop beer. Nice for those who dig something like that.
maxxwelle (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours into the glass with an amber gold body topped by a medium thick white sustaining head with great lace left behind. Sweet and citrusy hop aroma with some tropical fruit notes. Incredible aroma. Sweet and citrusy hop flavor well balanced with maltiness. The finish is strongly bitter and hoppy. Best IPA I’ve had to date. I expected a strong alcohol presence, but it wasn’t there. Medium bodied, remarkably smooth and slightly dry.
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 (1345) - 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.