SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful golden deep amber, a steady stream of bubbles rise up the center forever. The head lands thick, creamy lacey, and creates a thin layer that keeps going and going. Man, I wish I had a picture of this, it's making me drool just looking at it. Big hop aroma, of course, but not as strong as I expected. There is a big, nutty, almond malt type color in the nose too. Starts off a bit on the citrus side, more like sweet oranges with the peels thrown in, rather than a tart grapefruit. A little on the roasty edge going out, there is so much sweetness in here that the bitter finish takes quite a while to come through. This is a very unique Imperial IPA. I think the sweetness may be a little be to much of an overcompensation for my own tastes, but wow, what a beer.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2003 Great label on the bottle. A big hoppy aroma. Big, big head. Deep dark flaxen color. Very bitter and malty flavor.
mhanley (3) - USA - MAY 28, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite IPA. A bit pricey, but worth the bux. I really enjoy a hoppy beer, and this one strikes just the right balance for me between hop & sweet. My second favorite DFH behind World Wide Stout.
freekyp (1551) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangy body with little in the way of head. Srong spicy fruity notes in nose. Good lacing but little head retention. Initial taste is slightly sweet then hop bitterness takes over with a vengeance. Bittnerness lasts long into aftertaste. A hoppy bonanza!
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2003 Re-rated: The rating given previously was really good. I'm not sure whether my taste buds have changed or the ingrediants in the beer, but it seems to have an strange flavor or should I say off-flavor. My previous rating was from a big bottle while the most recent tasting was in the 12 ouncers. It still has a good malt backround and nice mouthfeel with a nicing warming from the alcohol. Anymore when I drink it I notice a cardboard/oxidation flavor to it. Its even in the aroma. I'm not sure whether it's the hops used but I find a similar thing in the 60 minute. It shys me away now.
whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The west coast IPAs have a serious IPA competitor on there hands! After trying just about all the great IPA's out there, Dogfish Head Brewery may very well have the best. This beer has ridicules amounts of hops, but very tasty. If you like this one, try the 60 minute and 120 minute IPA's.
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy hop overdose. Gimme more. If you like hops (lots and lots of 'em) you've come to the right place. Perhaps a little too much alcohol, but oh, those hops!
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer pours a cloudy and pale orange color. It has a moderate head and the aroma is very earthy and hoppy. The taste was very odd. If you've had the 60 minute IPA, this is very similar, just stronger tasting. The taste was very much like the aroma - very hoppy and earthy. I'm not sure what exactly it tastes like, but I'm not a fan of it. It says that this was voted one of the best American beers recently, but I did not enjoy it much.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep clear amber w/ a just off white head that didn't stick around long. Very, very, citrusy and piney hops aromas w/a hint of Catawba grape fruitiness. Also has a little caramel maltiness. Hops dominate the flavor with pine and citrus but overall well balanced with malt and a restrained caramel flavor and very little fruitiness. Finishes decidedly bitter, but not harsh. Moderate carbonation and warming full mouthfeel is very smooth. I'm not a hop head but this is very refreshing for a bigger beer.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was sensational, the Dogfish Head beers are my first introduction to real beer from the US. This had a great malty nose and a palate that has a huge punch of flavour with a sweet liqourness to it. I dig this beer!