SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Okay, this stuff is some good stuff. Golden with a thin white head. Excellent balance of malts and hops good bitter presence. The taste starts sweet and then followed by a bitter sharp hop. The mouth is full and fun.
Had on tap the other day at the Bread Coompany in Urbana Illinois. Served in a snifter, wow this is great on tap. Clean all around, round and full. very good. The hops are so crisp. Wow.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hop aroma with an amber body. Palate shows smooth hops and malt balance with light alcohol kick in finish. Great brew!
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Citrusy aroma. This beer seems a little too out of balance for me, too much bitterness without enough residual sweetness to counteract. Alcohol is also present. A little disappointed but overall a decent Imperial IPA. 3.6.
Re-rate 6/9/6 - The out of balance I described in the first rate is not accurate. Pours bright orange with a very stinky hop aroma. Flavor is sticky sweet upfront with some balancing hop bitterness to balance. I think I may have found a new favorite.
Foxbush (1563) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 This was enjoyed at a local Bar in Richmond. The beer came with a thin head. The IPA had the full hop flavor of an IPA. The 9 % ABV was very evident. Very smooth IPA that is an excellent drink.
cwhalen (14) - Champaign, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very Nice. A very hoppy taste and finish with added complexity. I didn't like the bitter drawn out finish but I say that about most ales. All in all, i give it a thumbs up.
Crit (3638) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber, beige head.Nose is floral, citrus & slightly malty.Big citrus hop flavor with lots of body and lasting med strength finish. I don't agree with most of you; the finish isn't all that strong for an Imperial. Most are stronger and longer. Also I find the balance quite good, plenty of malt here.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Wow...possibily a new favorite all around. This is the first Imperial IPA Iíve gone down on and I really feel that Iím closer to reaching enlightenment from this experience. This extremely smooth IPA has a strong citrus hop smell and flavor With the perfect ammount of barley to keep the beer balanced and not overly bitter. Thanks again D.F.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange amber with decent head. Wonderful sweet floral hop aroma. Minor contribution of slightly roasted malt. But the dominant strong flavour is resiny long lasting bitterness. Also quite thick. Excelent, thanks Ciderguy.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours thicker than imagined, with a light amber color and thin, white head. Aroma is defintely hop heavy, but not overpowering. Flavor - Very balanced, this IPA is extremely strong flavored with a nice kick, but no flavor dominates. Very smooth, very long lasting. Great beer!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 4/25/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in the mail from Dogfish Head Brewery 2/30/04. RERATE. Pours a clear, dark golden color with fantastic, dense creamy off-white head and viscous, thick appearance. Just amazing head on this beast, lasts all night long. Aroma is divine-- bubblegum hops, nice sweetness and floral quality with just enough bite. Flavor is a bit of a letdown, much milder than I'd expected; piney hops and subtle sweetness return, but it doesn't do a whole lot. Pretty nice, but not mind-blowing like I'd hoped. Body is just exquisite, a full, creamy mouthfeel with a nice, smooth finish. A very drinkable, elegant double IPA. Just delectable. I actually gave the exact same ratings on my re-rate as I had on my original rating.
12/5/03. On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival in Carlsbad, CA 12/5/03. Incredibly dense, frothy and rocky head, off-white, with good size. Lasts forever. Dark, golden clear body. Mellow, sweet bubblegum hops, very strong in flavor concentration but mellow, if that makes sense. Perfectly clean taste of hop and pale malt. Very fresh and clean taste and feel. Very nice, cooling mouthfeel and wonderfully smooth finish. Not too bitter, but very long and elegant finish. Finish is extremely balanced, as is the beer in general. I went on a Double IPA binge at the Strong Ale Festival, and this and the Pizza Port Frank were my two favorites that I tried.