Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a luscious deep orange homey hue. Small sticky off-whitish head, mostly diminishing, leaves a small ring of lace. Nutty sweet cereal, butterscotch vanilla, oak/woody, alcohol, pepper, juciy hops. The hops seem a bit subdued after several months of aging. This quite nice and drinkable I must say. I likey.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opague honey color and medium head. Sweet to the palate at first. Then it gets citrus bitter with complex dots of sweet malt flow through an oaky dry finish. Dogfish 90 minute to me is a mutation of an IPA and and barley wine and so is this beer. It has the citrus hoppy characteristics with the sweet strong punch of a barleywine.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I do seem to enjoy the IPAs everyone else thinks are only so-so. This is huge, thick, and sweet. The flavors are kind of mushed together. There is some chamomile (at least I think that’s what it is), so some vanilla, maple syrup, sour cream muffins with orange marmalade, vinous qualities, an underlying not-quite-smoky alcohol presence (comes through stronger in the finish), and tannins and oak. Others have noted the harsh alcohol and carbonation, but this has aged for over six months and I found no issue with it. If anything the carbonation was a little low and didn’t lift the body effectively. Those expecting an an IIPA may have been disappointed. I didn’t find this particularly hoppy at all. Much more like a strong ale or a blond barleywine. Fun to drink, even if rough around the edges, and big enough to relax into.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Alcohol, nutty marzipan, orange, pine/spruce/citrus hops and a fair doughy yeast character to the aroma. Hazy golden-brown body with low white head that lasts well and laces very nicely. Alcohol up front is quickly replaced by a fruity, citrus, spicy, strongly hopped flavour with some notes of rubbery phenols. Medium body has very aggressive, harsh carbonation that hammers the tongue and strong alcohol warming. Bottle (Downtown Liquors, MA, Jan-05).
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/red color with medium sized off white head. Aroma has orange, caramel, toffee, bit of alcohol and oak, and maybe the slightest hint of hops. Also has a faint off odor, somewhat plastic-y. Flavor is strong, malty, slightly sweet, with caramel and hints of oak. I personally don’t find the IPA in here at all. Hops do not make much of an appearance in the aroma or flavor. I guess I’d call it an american strong ale.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Couleur ambrée aux reflets orangés, faible mousse composée de grosses bulles. Arômes très alcoolique et sucrés à la présence de levure caractéristique de cette brasserie (estérifié, pêche et mangue). Saveurs très levurées, levure à gâteau et pommes meurtris rappelant l’oxydation sous une vaste présence alcoolique. Dépourvu de balance et de finesse.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to goldtwins for this beer.
Poured an effervescent deep golden with a small semi-creamy off-white head. Aroma is somewhat subdued but fruity and rather malty, with some piney hops and alcohol... sort of like a weak barley wine. Taste is very much like a cross between a barley wine and a IIPA, though thankfully (for me anyways) the balance is definitely shifted towards IIPA. Fruity malt accents next to strong somewhat one-dimensional hops, with a large alcoholic character. Very interesting, though I would have condsidered classifying this as an ASA.
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a caramel copperish color with a medium sized creamy colored head. Aroma is a mixture of alcohol soaked malts,cooking oil, and a slight hint of oak. Taste was quite disappointing. The label states that it is a oak aged double IPA, but from the taste it is hardly an IPA, although u can detect slight hints of the 90. This may be better with a bit more aging, but as of now it just doesnt do it for me. More along the lines of a Strong Ale than an IPA.
GonZoBeeR (2933) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:strong aroma,cooked vegetable...
Appearance:Hazy orange,good head...
Flavor:Alcohol,light cooked vegetable,peache flavor,light caramel...
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I forgot this was an IPA and after taking a sip I still didn’t remember until glancing over the label. Very much a Barley Wine, big alchohol aroma mixed with a thick, thick floral smell. A great modification to this balls-to-the-wall IPA.