TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a very nice head that persists. Very nice aroma - leads with hop notes, then gives rise to dark fruits, malts, and alcohol. The flavor is more assertively hoppy, with citrus and floral notes - a lot of malts on the back of the palate, along with some raisin notes. A bit too malt-driven for my taste, and not as complex as I’d hope. Still, certainly a good Double IPA.
Pumpkin87 (105) - - MAY 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pretty amber-orange, initially hazy with effervescence but quickly clears, and modest off-white head that reduces to skim.
Big pine aroma with whiff of citrus and brown sugar. Even bigger, rougher palate with candied mango and grapefruit, biscuit, fortified wine, vanilla and cleaning solvents, like a PineSol fruitcake.
The disparate tastes seem like Thomas Pynchon’s spoofs of English candy in "Gravity’s Rainbow:" salted plum, gin marshmallow, camphor nougat, sweet-and-sour eggplant.
90 Minute goes past the usual over-hopped American IPA, with similarly large amounts of malt taking it into barleywine country, albeit a very evergreen type of barley. On the plus side, that puts it into better balance than a lot of rival products.
And the 9 percent ABV, while substantial, is quite reasonable for a barleywine. Still, you probably don’t want to be operating your backhoe while drinking this.
In short, a prime example of the more is not enough school of American brewing, throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. Completely unsophisticated, but true to the wackiness that is Dogfish Head.
Desverger (3266) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, Copenhagen - orange amber pour with good white head. Aroma and taste is big sweet malty, tropical, citric and herbal hoppy, piney hop resin, sweet caramel, toffee, cake like, also some dried fruit, and slight spice gives it almost a barleywine impression, beautiful.
Nicksbeers (22) - - MAY 22, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber in color. Pours a one finger head that goes away over time. I smell a lot of malts. Not much else. Medium body. Very well balanced. It’s not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Goes down smooth. Oily texture. Overall REALLY good beer. I would like a bit more hop presence on the taste, but it’s balanced VERY well so I’m just being picky.
SG111 (451) - New York, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 03/18/15. Pours crystal clear golden honey orange, effervescence with off-white creamy looking head. Aroma is citrus hops, malt, slight grape, grapefruit, mango, papaya, tropical notes with lots of biscuit malt and candied sugar to balance. Flavor is citrus, honey, sweet malts, mango, papaya, grapefruit, really sweet citrus. Just such sweet fruits. Like candied fruits. It’s got a great IPA bitterness but it’s so sweet at the same time. Effervescent on the body. It’s been a while since I had this. It was the first IPA I really thought was fantastic. And coming back to it, it’s all still there. Still amazing.
kustie (356) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@NYC. Copper color with light grey head. Aroma has malt, citrus, caramel. Taste is malty with bitter and quite dry finish. Flavors of grape, pine, grass. Nice balance between malt and hoppiness.
capecod (18) - - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pretty deep orange pour with a thin-ish white head. Tangy nose...citrus and brandy. The entire experience is indeed like drinking a brandied fruiitcake (which I like). Raisins, citron and bready malt. I know the hops are in there, but not a hoppy beer in a traditional sense.
I dont taste a west coast ipa, just my opinion.
kingaugusta (22) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a long white, foamy head. Nose is pure hop deliciousness with a touch of apple. Flavor is classic west coast IPA and quite well balanced. Nothing ground breaking but a fine west coast style IPA.
Woodspop (13) - Rivervale, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bloody excellent beer, fantastic look and pour. Growler az bought! Herbal notes. Will definitely buy again.
Peter_L (1056) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gyllenorange vätska, med tjockt skum. Dofter av grape, mango och något annat, kryddigt. Bra punch i beskan. Fruktig med en söt närvaro, som beskan lätt bemästrar.
gde (16) - FRANCE - MAY 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bon gout de fruits rouges avec de bonne notes d’amertumes. Gout d’alcool plutot present mais tres bien dosé.