dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is THE beer for Hopheads. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 The bottle is 1 pint 9.6oz. of big beery goodness. I was expecting it to be more bitter than it was. The barley adds a sweet and playful note that brings balance to the beer. The color is a rich light amber, the head is pale and fluffy. The aroma is likewise sweet, though not in such a way as to overpower the body of the beverage.
I would recommend this highly as a first or second beer of the night. More than two of these and you will lose the complexity and play, though it is certainly palatable enough to drink all evening. If you enjoy a big, hoppy beer, this is an excellent choice.
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 Aroma features some big malt, with caramel and toast, and even bigger hop, with juicy citrus and spicy pine sap, along with some yeastiness upon warming. Brilliant golden amber color, hazy, partially opaque with a fading off-white head. Flavor has some honeyish, caramel malt sweetness just before the hops come crashing in and and bitter everything up. Cascade grapefruit is prominent but I'm glad they chose Chinook too, it has such a nice, deep, earthy, spicy, piney herbal character, it's really becoming one of my favorite hop flavors. Finish sees a bit of yeastiness and spice before the weighty but graceful hop and malt flavors are inextricably mingled and a bit of lightly warming alcohol starts to show. Definitely full-bodied yet very drinkable; the balance is simply superb. Note: this rating is for 2002 750ml version of this beer, bottle-conditioned and made with Cascade, Columbus and Chinook hops. My score for the 12oz. version would probably be closer to a 3.9.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An alarm clock for the tounge! Pretty orange/gold color with a nice creamy head. Overpowering hops with a citrus overlay, an excellent mixture.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2003 Hazy dark golden in color, with a variety-size of bubbles comprising the head. Orange aroma with a backing of grapefruit and some nice malts. Behind all the hops I found some lightly toasted marshmallows, apple blossoms, vinousness, and a hint of bubblegum. Surprising body (medium-full) for such a light colored beer. Bitterness is not overpowering at first, however it quickly becomes overdone as it lingers on the back of your tongue like bad medicine.
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is right up there with Ruination as far as beers with hops that snap your head around go. It only took me 5 minutes to get the damn cork off (I was very close to getting pliers). Throughly orange with a medium thick off-white head and thin but sticky lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of hops and a bouquet of flowers. Flavor is hoppy, buttery, malty and citrusy all at once. Nicely complex and a very good IPA.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I got pretty much what I expected from this one. Figured it to be a hoppy beast and it was. Think if it leaned more to a malt balance that I would enjoy it far more.
Suttree (5143) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer wants to grap your tastebuds by the scruff of the neck, shake ’em up, then take ’em out back and fight them. This one will get your attention. Very rich mouthfeel that stand up to all those hops. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but some about this beer seems like the work of a skilled homebrewer as opposed to a commercial brewer.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 12/7/02: good amount of head when initially poured. hopy smelling. very light amber in colour. some lacing. very hopy to the taste. good stuff.
6/9/07: The Enamel Animal (draught) at Columbus Ale Fest ’07.
...adding to rating... nice lace - light orange-brown body. hoppy and de-lish.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2003 750 ml bottle
What a beer to try to put into a category!
A copper body with a thin, tan head.
You can smell the malt with hops, lots of hops. Reminds me of the nose of a good barleywine.
I knew what I was getting into when I poured this beer...90 IBU's. Wish more of the malt stood out in the flavor.
Very smooth on the palate.
No way you can detect the alcohol here with all the hops going on in your mouth.
I've now enjoyed 100% (2) beers that I've tasted from Dogfish. Midas is next from these guys.