jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper pour with tight-bubbled white head that quickly rims itself. The aroma is full of fresh hops and hints of leather and wood. The flavor starts exceedingly sweet ó notes of fruits, especially orange and grapefruit and caramel ó before the bittering hops and woodiness kick in. The alcohol is forward and peppery in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. This is interesting enough, but just doesnít seem to come together in a satisfying way as the 90 Minute does.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Poured a pretty amber color with a little head. Aroma was citrus oak and something else. Flavor was perfect, grapefruits and hops. Full mouthfeel with a sweet aftertaste."
OldMrCrow (1621) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 From the bottle, at cellar temperature.
Pours a beautiful redish-orange, clear and almost oily in consistency, with a fine stream of bubbles rising from the center of my tulip glass and an abundant almost-white head.
The aroma is two of my favorite things: warm baking whole-wheat bread, and of course, fresh hops. Ah...thatís really lovely.
Unfortunately, the best part is over.
Sipping the beer, Iím hit by a caramel sweetness that comes on so intense that it overwhelms even the rich hops flavors. You get a bit of smoky bacon, and then the alcohol kicks in hard it makes its presence abundantly - almost punishingly - evident both in the mouthfeel and in the flavor. The alcohol adds a definite pepperiness to the flavor, and just as one finally thinks that the caramel and alcohol are backing off to reveal the hops underneath, along comes a cloying maple syrup sweetness - wrapped up in oak - that never really lets the hops come into their own.
After the wonderful aroma, this is a letdown. Even with a modest aroma, it would be a letdown.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep copper with a very light tan head that is somewhere bewteen fizzy and frothy. The aroma seems to hold more caramel and smoke than any citrusy/floral hop quality...though those hoppy odors seem to be lingering around somewhere very subduded. The flavor actually holds more of the hoppy qualities, citrus and grass are evenly paired with caramel malts, wood, and alcohol. A rich mouthfeel kind of goes back in forth bewtween malty and bitter on the tounge and kind of finishes with a medley of both accompained by a slight alcohol dryness and burn.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Coppery orange with a big off white head. Soft, citrusy nose (orange and muted grapefruit) with some small wood notes. Medium bitter flavor and a malty backbone. Somewhere between the flavor and the finish, an almost whiskylike flavor hits you. The finish that follows is slightly bitter and dry. Weird and wonderful!
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Poured a bright orange pumpkin color with a good off white head and decent lacing. Light citrus fruits, woodiness, grassy and alcohol in the nose. The flavor maintain the nose and is sweet, with bitter a bitter finish and some alcohol bite. The barrel staves are more apparent in the flavor. Another great brew from Dogfish.
thehinge (263) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour surprised me.....itís a dark honey, almost brown, in color. Healthy off-white head clings heartily to the glass. Aroma has hints of caramel and resin. Itís not as bitter or hoppy as other DFH IPAís...this has tons of caramel and fruit on the first taste. You get a spicy shot in the finish.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An interesting Imperial IPA...not nearly as hoppy or sweet as I expected, although the alcohol is plentiful. It looks great, with a crystal clear dark amber body and a dainty little head around the sides of the glass. Very rich caramel and malty aroma, and ever-so-slightly fruity. This is a very interesting and complex beer...I donít really taste the 90 minute, but with only a small dose of hops. Nice, slightly spicy finish and highly earthy.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a clear amber with a large creamy off white head that produces good lacing and is lasting. Has a great hoppy aroma of spruce and pine. Has an oily scent as well. Taste is a crisp mild IPA. Not overly bitter. Has a good mouthfeel. Is on the light bodied side. The high abv is very well hidden. Carbonation is a little light but not bad. Overall another winner from Dogfish Head, I really love the beer these guys make.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like liquid pennies with a thin grayish ring of a head that looks inviting in my Busch goblet. Sugary candy nose that is just full of sweetness. There is no way this is 10 percent. Too damn smooth. Wonderful little sweet flavor that just blossoms. Vanilla marshmallow crŤme finish that I really dig. The oak is there too. Very light but complimentary. Oh ok now I can sense the alcohol now that I am halfway through this. A bit of lingering oil on my tongue. Caramel and sugar daddies come to mind here. I like this brew I will have more.
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