LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pink/orange in color with thick white head that diminishes quickly. citrus and hops, maybe some peaches (or have i been in georgia too long...) grass on the aroma. sap, honey, alcohol brun, and burnt pine in the foreground. butty flavors hidden in the aftertaste under the blanket of alcohol.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
CLoudy amber with a hint of pink. Big time pink grapefruit juice in the aroma followed with a vodka like alcohol vibe. Buttery feel, citrus punch dominated by warm oranges. Oak and big time alcohol come through in time. weird mixed vegetable thing going on as well.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, snifter. Gold-copper-amber hue with an off-white, creamy head. Fresh cut oak, pine, spruce, caramel, cookie, and cinnamon aromas rush from my glass. H. sweet, m. acidic, m. bitter flavor becomes a m. sweet, m. acidic, h. bitter finish. Medium-full body, slick/smooth texture, moderate carbonation, moderate alcohol. The bottom line is: some nice components, but it somehow feels rather disjointed.
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Rerate: 2009 vintage on tap. 3 years old. I must say, it is extremely mellow and super easy drinking. The 4 oz glass was enough. Hops were still showcased, but the oak and vanilla were allowed to shine with the aging. Creamy body. A true pleasure to drink.
Thanks to CaptainCougar! The aroma is more malty than hoppy. Woody and earthy aroma. The appearance is a murky brown color with a big white head that has excellent lacing. This reminds me more of a cask aged barleywine than a IIPA. The flavor is pretty smooth and so is the palate. The flavor has some caskiness to it. Oak and malts. Not very much hops. The alcohol is well masked in the flavor. The palate is very smooth. A pretty decent ber. Thanks DFH! 7, 4, 7, 4, 15 = 3.7
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy orange beer with a dense orange head. The aroma is sweet fruity on an alcoholic backdrop. The flavor is fruity with mango and passionfruit being most dominant, leading to an end, that mixes in some wood notes.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750: Hmm,I don’t find this as repulsive as some did,I was worried. Looks like 90 minute,except head is just a 1/2 inch ring,with just patches over the beer. Not as hazy either,very clear. Aroma is mainly wood,hops,and some mushy,malts. All I get as far as hops in aroma is earthy,citric,hops. Slick texture,just lightly,syrupy(thick),with moderate,carbonation. Lots of oak,bready malts,vanilla,and hops in the mouth. Finish is hoppy(pine,earthy),with wood,and more bready malts. I couldn’t taste any alcohol in this ale,and found it to be somewhat pleasent,but that’s it. I would recommend trying this,but,don’t buy too many.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - Thanks Jonathan3584! Pours amber with decent head and quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is honey, caramel malts, and citrus hops. Flavor is complex a good amout of sweetness, caramel, honey, and some oak flavors come through. You can also taste the citrus hops that I recognized from the 90 minute IPA right away. The oak aging seems to mellow down those hops though because this is much more smooth and lacks the bitter smack of the hops that the 90 minute has. Very smooth on the palate this is definitely a sipper and is full bodied yet very balanced. I was impressed with this one and with each brew I try I get more impressed with DFH. Great job!
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to heemer77 for this one. Excellent!! Pours reddish gold (slight amber with substantial and lasting head and good lacing). Aroma of hops, malt, honey, caramel, and oak. Oak more apparent in taste, which is slightly sweet yet still hoppy. Smooth (but well carbonated) with a dry bitterness. Excellent. Alcohol is well masked. There is also a nice slight citrus flavor.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Rich. pour is a dark amber in color with a quickly fading head. not really what I expected for a double IPA. certainly malty enough, but the hop bitterness was almost AWOL. also there was some pepper-like flavors here that reminded me of Capital’s Blonde Dopplebock?!? I enjoyed the beer, just not what I expected for the style.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 March 2nd 2006 re-rate
Oak, vanilla and caramel malt in the aroma. Rich amber in color with a thin white head. This aged bottle was quite malty with much less noticeable hops. Lots of rich caramel malts, sweet breads, mild oak, vanilla and toffee notes. It ages into a beer I rather liked as the hops faded out.
Not a huge IPA fan and while Dogfish usually makes IPA’s I like anyway this one didn’t hit the mark for me. Syrupy texture and hops out of control just threw me off. Was tickled pink to get to try it. Tthanks to Beandip for bringing it and Matta for organizing the tasting, but I was let down by the overwhelming hops that are improperly balanced to my palate. Usually when DFH hits the 10% mark or so the crazy amount of hops get blasted by the gravity and it isn’t so bad. not this time.