SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrusy hop aroma on a nice amber beer. A nice sharp hop flavor, with an almost candy like sweetness. This is a freakin' good IPA.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a golden amber, with a nice white head. hop flavor in the nose. flavor is hoppy, citrusy and a little spicy. gets bigger and better as it warms. an excellent ipa
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sharp initial shot of hop citrus in the aroma followed by a touch of caramel. Surprising initial toffee/caramel sweetness on the palate, moderately carbonated, infact pretty smooth. Hops are certainly bitter in the finish but are kept in check by the initial sweetness and light toffee aftertaste. What's more overwhelming is the rush of hops up the nose with every sip.
beastiefan2k (2718) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy golden color with little head. The best part of this beer is the aroma, different then any beer and more complex then any american beer. This is the best aroma of any american beer. Bitter kick at the end of the sip with a light-medium body.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A hophead's delight!
Pours with a short-lived white head, copper body. The hop presence was great, but what really set this one apart from other IPAs was the great malt background.
TChrome (1433) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is so much better than the 60 minute, oh and by the way, I am so bummed that I didn't get the bottle with the dude tapping himself the nose with a hammer. As for the rating, the aroma is excellent, hops, hops, and more hops. This is the kinda of IPA we hopheads look for, it has layer upon glorius layer of hops. It is magnificant to behold when you hold in your hand a beer that presents layer after layer of what really gets you going, the hop flower.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
incrediable smooth for an ipa. the hops are flavorful without being oppressive. i didn't really get much of an aroma, but that's probably because i inhaled some of the head trying to find it... dogfish continues to be the ipa king (for ipa haters)
EKGoldings (603) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 What got me when I was drinking this one was how well integrated the malt, hops and alcohol were. It was hard to tell it had 9% abv. Nice resiny hop taste, refreshing bitterness, a big, big IPA. The carbonation on mine was much less than in the 60, a bit flat for my taste. Some of the estery aroma from high gravity brewing lets you this one will pack a punch, but the balance is superb. The 60 is a more refreshing choice ... sacrilege but I mix the two.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2003
1.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a red-orange golden with little, slightly off-white head quickly disapating to nothing. Aroma of cherry-alcohol-citrus-pear. Flavor of... strong hops, dry. Hops are an undesireable characteristic IMO. Hops are best described as drinking concentrated soapy water - not good. This is a drainpour. But if you are into hops, this is probably your beer. No good for hop-haters. Sampled at 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Unique IPA (like most of Dogfish Head's beers) Floral, citrusy nose with a Piney deeply bitter finish. Good IPA, A bit unbalanced (actually a lot)