argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange, with minimal head. Smooth hoppy hoppy aroma -- rich potential. Much stronger flavor -- big bang, so one-dimensional it’s not funny. Almost pulls it off but suffers for that imbalance. Still a good beer but misses greatness.
thewolf (11150) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. Pours a pretty clear redish copper with a small, slightly fizzy yellowish creamy head. Aroma is surprisingly mellow. A slightly tart caramelness dominates along with some citric tones. Very nice and full mouthfeel. Flavour is equally mellow - this isn’t a ’hop-bomb’, more balanced than most IIPA’s. Not to say it isn’t bitter, there are citric and ghrassy hops aplenty. A good finish on a sweeter caramel note as well as a lingering viniousness. A terribly well-balanced beer!
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 12oz bottle-pours a 2 finger high rich tan head. Bright, clear copper-gold color. Aroma is mango & hops. Taste-oily mouthfeel like many 2IPA’s. Balanced hops & malt. Big beers just aren’t my taste, but this was OK. Bottled on 11/25/05
Bottle 140312-rerate 3.7
Christian (11054) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite light amber with a big solid head. Surprisingly malty aroma, with caramel, grain and some dried fruit - the hop notes are grassy and citrus. Dry and bitter but with a giant malty mouthfeel. The bitterness has a tobacco-like astringent touch which isn’t bad at all. Some alcohol.
After being underwhelmed by the bitterness I checked the date to see if the journey across the Atlantic could have killed it. But it was bottled in April, and I was disappointed in May and in June. I’m just not a fan of really malty and sweet IIPAs. But store it three years and I’ll probably love it as a barleywine.
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle; in my possession over 3 years. Rich aroma of ripe light stone fruit. Hazy ripe apricot color with a creamy beige head that flattened, laced, and did interesting things. Medium bodied, with crisp carbonation. The flavor starts with pale raisin, citrus, and something floral. The malt approaches caramel, but it is quite balanced by the hop - bitter and floral. It really pleases the mouth, and the finish is primarily dry, a little fruit lingers, and surprisingly unbitter. Well, it’s bitter, but it is so nicely set off with fruit aspects, like apricot all of a sudden. This is one of those ales that just demands full attention for savoring. This one makes bitter non-bitter, but bitter. Try it.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 04/28/2003
Mode: Bottle, 750ml
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Appearance: hazy orange, thin tan head,
Aroma: sweet fruity malt and big hop aroma,
Body: smooth creamy body,
Flavor: well hopped rich malt flavor, lots of fruity character, only a hint of bitterness in the finish
Words: 5 seasons (gwcb)
much more citrus character hiding any of the fruity character
sweet winey malt aroma, lots of bitterness,
Score: iii to ii+
Aroma: sweet winey aroma with good floral hops,
Body: thin body,
Flavor: rich sweet malt well balanced by hop bitterness but very little hop flavor at first but it finally comes through,
Source: summits woodstock
Aroma: sweet fruity and spicy aroma,
Body: decent body,
Flavor: big sweet crystal malt flavor, nice spicyness from the hops, touch of pepper from the alcohol,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
chrisv10 (10875) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy amber with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit and lots of hops.
Rasmus40 (10842) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Voldby. Hazy orange with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 191013
Pinball (10766) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, bought at ølbutikken, cph. denmark.
ar:hoppy, fruity, raisins.
nice amber, small light brown head.
flavor is sweet and hoppy, slightly fruity, aftertaste is very very good, You need to drink a good deal of the bottle before all impressions settle. also watch out for temp. A very good ipa, but not more than ’’somewhere’’ in the best 10 i’ve had. i’d like a more solid mouthfeel, a less barleywineish aroma, a stronger aroma, and better looks.
brokensail (10741) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: I gave this one a vigorous pour into my Moonlight pint glass. The result is a dark caramel color with two fingers of a fluffy white head and some nice carbonation.
S: The smell is much more of a mix of hops and citrus than our West Coast IPAs. A nice balance of citrus and pine hops along with a sweet, caramel malt backbone.
T: The hop flavor is mostly bitter grapefruit. There is also a very strong malt component that has a very roasted, yet sweet flavor. The finish is a bit of pine and some more grapefruit.
M: This is actually quite full bodied, but that’s not too surprising for a double IPA. The tiny carbonation bubbles help to keep things from getting too heavy.
D: For a 9% beer, this is surprisingly lacking in the booziness department (and a welcome change from certain other DFH beers). That said, I still find it hard to stray from our West Coast IPAs which are just so much more hop-centric.