graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 Pours a nice ruby color with a small white head. The aroma is overwhelmingly piney and amazing! It’s got some real sweet malt aromas with a nice hoppy zest to it. There’s a malty sweetness with some residual sugar taste. Very sweet with a quick snap of bitterness. The mouth feel is really nice, its medium bodied in your mouth but feels like it almost expands. An amazing beer that is great for sipping.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am not really sure about this beer. I think it is too sweet for my palate, but it IS very complex. There is an sticky sweet aroma of dark amber malt and citrus with a slight oakiness in the taste to match the sickly sweet malt and moderate hop bitterness (which is off set by the body).
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours deep golden. aroma strongly sweet citric. taste is citrus hops surrounded by very sweet malt (some raisin) and oak notes. the finish fruity fading into somewhat dry citrus bitterness. very unique ale that i feel should be listed as an american strong ale.
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours a dark copper with very little head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of vanilla. My first sip is not at all what I expect, so I try again searching for the hops. This beer tastes much like an eisbock with sweet maltiness riding the strong but balanced alcohol. Hints of vailla come thru in the taste. There is just a hint of bitterness in the background of the finish of the taste, but even this fades as it warms into malty goodness. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol strength was nicely balanced and left me feeling quite content. A very unique beer from Dogfish Head, not what I was expecting at all, but I was very pleased nonetheless.
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a fruity aroma with plenty of hops and a hint of citrus
First sip is very sweet and full of hops... ends with a warm feeling of alcohol...
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at Andy’s, DFH promo night. Clear dark orange/amber in color. Aroma is fruity, peach, citrus, oak, lightly earthy with a good amount of sweet malt. Taste is very sweet initially then changes rather quickly to oaky, and citrus, earthy hops. Light hop bitterness in the finish some warming alcohol notes. Thick, syrupy body that I found to be a bit cloying. Interesting beer though.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a dark amber color with a nice off-white head. The smell of this beer was just a little hops with malt and a sweetness that I don’t remember smelling in any other beer. The nose is dominated by a syrupy scent. The taste was of alcohol, mild citrus and molases. The sweetness really dominates this beer as it sticks with you after a while.
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with nice head for an IPA. Strong hoppy aroma. Flavor is hoppy but also sweet. Decent.
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Hoppy and sweet malt
Appearance: Medium, creamy, light brown head, amber hue in color, clear body
Flavor: Hoppy then very sweet
Palate: Creamy texture, medium bodied, average carbonation
Overall: Interesting but I would not buy it again, too sweet
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - APR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. This Imperial/Double IPA pours a brilliant, translucent copper-orange. The head is off-white and the carbonation is good tending toward mild.
In the nose I catch primarily citrus with whiffs of grass and spice. There is even a hint of wine, but not overly so.
The flavor is this ale’s strongest asset. It is rich and complex. Initially, grapefruit is the core, which mellows into more of an orange flavor and then slowly trails off. This core flavor is surrounded by vanilla and a woody, cognac flavor.
This is very good. It is also very different from what I normally expect in an IPA, although a wonderful variation. It is less bitter than many, but the sweetness that subdues some of the bitterness works here.