chest66 (6) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great pour right out of the bottle - fast fizzing bubbles and a thick head. Delicious hop aroma is readily apparent. The high alcohol content is surprisingly helpful because of the complex flavors that reach the back of the mouth near the end.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is certainly the best IPA I have ever had, and I have had some pretty damn good ones. It just barely squeezes by stone’s IPA. This may sound wierd and sorry for using the reference, but the aroma very much reminded me of really dank pot. This beer has a great hoppy flavor that doesn’t come out as overly bitter. Also, nice citrus sweetness that is common with IPAs. Everything blends together very well. If you can get this beer, definitly give it a shot!
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice looking brew, golden amber body with creamy white head. The aroma is explosive hops.. the hops flies right up your nose...
Flavor is just hops, hops, hops, hops and a little maltiness to balance it out, i was actually expecting a little more excessive hoppiness. It is very balanced though its so extreme and creamy.
Eirikur (385) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a little dissapointed with this brew, I was just expecting something more palate wise. Well, this a plain hop beer. Nice for those who dig something like that.
maxxwelle (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours into the glass with an amber gold body topped by a medium thick white sustaining head with great lace left behind. Sweet and citrusy hop aroma with some tropical fruit notes. Incredible aroma. Sweet and citrusy hop flavor well balanced with maltiness. The finish is strongly bitter and hoppy. Best IPA I’ve had to date. I expected a strong alcohol presence, but it wasn’t there. Medium bodied, remarkably smooth and slightly dry.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice reddish orange color. Sticky stuff, leaving lots of lace on the glass on the way down. Robust, enticing nose with lots of hops that made my nose tingle a bit and the saliva start flowing. Explosion of vibrant hops on the tounge. Malty flavors take the back seat here, but do make a bit of an impression. I enjoyed the dominant floral charicteristics of this brew, as opposed to the huge citrus/ grapefruit found in most big IPA’s. Long semi sweet finish. Never overly bitter or out of balance, because of the hop selection, in my opinion. Very well done.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Huge hops! Not as over the top as some of the Imperial IPAs, but one of the best for sure.
Certainly packs more hop aroma and taste than the 120 min. I like that its more balanced than other Imperial IPAs.
This is a perfect beer if you enjoy hops.
More floral than grapefruit rind like some IIPA’s.
The alcohol is well hidden, dont know how they keep doing it!
DFH has a big winner here.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Semi-transparent amber with a white head that almost vanishes.
Aroma is basically hops, and the flavour made me think "hopwater" with a bit of malt to add a semblance of balance.
Now, I like big hops, but these were not working for me. Not much of interest in there besides the hops and these didn’t have any uplifting qualities for me.
haukur (1665) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 [re-rate pending] ..... Initial Rating Date: 5/1/2004 3.4
Opinion has not changed, still think it is one of the most overrated beers in america, apricots dominate the aroma which is the only good think about this, faint fruits but overly malty. Nice bitterness but nothing really to back it up.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 bottle 12 oz. Purchased @ Total Wine in Claymont, DE. Beautifull clear amber/copper w nice beige head that fell fairly quickly, moderate lace. Aroma is fresh malt w clean, potent, fresh hops with a very resinous, slightly bubblegum characteristic. Full bodied, big malty flavor with kick ass hop flavors described above. Spicey, complex, quite good. The palate explodes with flavors and they linger with a slow fade to an ever pleasant bitterness. Wonderfull hop "burn" all the way through. I do notice some alcohol taste but basically well hidden. Somewhat sweet. Mighty fine stuff. The hop flavors and bitterness can last on the lips and palate for quite some time afterward. You’re still gonna enjoy even for hours after its drunk every time you belch. 4/$7.99.... Add on: 10/2/04 its as good from the bottle as it is on tap. 10/9/04 Hey, you guys were right...it does smell like bubblegum.