millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intoxicating aroma...the appearance did not call out "dirnk me" but the aroma drew me like a tantilizing mistress. It seems best to drink it very slowly because the taste is intense and becomes a little syrupy if your donít take your time. It is like drinking a perfectly balanced flower. Not as good as the Hercules for me but one of the best imperial IPAs Iíve had.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Re-rate from a bottle I got in a trade with Hogtown Harry. Lovely hop aroma, small tan head. Great hop taste, tons of malt, I really enjoyed this a lot more than a couple of years ago. I found it really nicely balanced with no hint of the alcohol. Iíll take the 60 as a session, but if I want a perfectly balanced double IPA, this is the one. Thanks Harry! Original 8/4/5/3/14
Bottle. Fantastic orange colour, small head that dissipates quickly. Lots of citrus hops right off the bat in the aroma. First taste is surprising Ė there is a lot more body to this than I was expecting. But I found it very syrupy Ė it certainly balanced off the hops, which I really enjoyed in the taste Ė yes, they were aggressive, especially in the finish, but I thought they totally made the beer. What I didnít like was the overpowering alcoholĖlike syrupy taste I got. So overall, certainly a good beer, one of the best Iíve tasted for taming a tremendous amount of hops, but the balance isnít quite there.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a brutal one. A bit too alcoholic and aggressive. However i like the extreme amount of hops in this beer. Interesting and worth dribking again.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 Comparing the Stone IPA I just had with this Dogfish 90 Double IPA. Stone was Excellent, Dogfish is even better!!! Wanted to save some of these for Milestones but posting made me rethink cellaring this one for too long a time period. Dark Amber out of bottle Hoppy, Sweet, Potent, Intense. Believe it or not I like this better than Dreadnaught!!! Very nice beer. Iím glad I bought all these from Vintage Cellar and they were available. This is truly a great Beer. Dogfish just a wee bit better than Stone Ruination.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Its all there but for some reason it doesnít come together for me. Iíve tried this now a few times and hesitated to rate considering the legendary props. But I canít hold out any longer. The booziness is distracting and the hops are too astringent. However, lets zoom out and consider all the crap thats out there- this is still quite a fine effort.
Re-Rate on Tap at the Maproom 8-11-04:
Here is what everyone is talking about! The ingredients come together in a seamless and creamy double IPA that is wonderful. Still not as nuanced as dreadnaught and a bit too much alcohol in the end. New rating combines bottle and tap results.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orangish, blonde. Crisp, strong, hoppy nose. Heavy bitterness, and powerful hops.Dry finish. The first taste was the best, after several drinks my tongue was saturated w/ bitterness.
MaxRebo (6) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If youíre a hophead, then this beer is fantastic. It pours with a tall head that eventually diminishes and leaves a nice lace behind all the way to the last drop. Aroma is of fresh hop flowers and citrus. This is what turned me on to Imperial IPAs. Iím new to rating, so itís tough to describe this beer. It has a decent mouthfeel -- sort of snappy. Sharp bitterness with some citrusy flavors. When I first tried it, I thought it had such an interesting flavor. I wasnít sure if I liked it, but I couldnít stop taking sip after sip. I guess thatís a good sign? :)
cubedbee (10) - USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light gold color with thick bubbly white head. Pleasant hops aroma. Very nice feel in the mouth. Strong hops feeling upfront. Tastes very good for the amount of alcohol.
Theli (3) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A truly awe-inspiring IPA. Powerful, slightly fruity aroma. Deliciously intense hoppy flavor with an interesting herbal aftertaste. This beer has taken up a permanent residence in my top 10.
Aurelius (4656) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruthless. Simply ruthless. This has a great mouthfeel. Lots of piney orange fruitiness with some diacetyls. Intense burnt orange coloring, but the bottle and label ought to take a deduction, however Iíll give it a pass.