nolankowal (937) - 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 (283) - 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.....it’s a dark honey, almost brown, in color. Healthy off-white head clings heartily to the glass. Aroma has hints of caramel and resin. It’s not as bitter or hoppy as other DFH IPA’s...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 don’t 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 (2149) - New Mexico, 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 crème 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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porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled 12/29/05, <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Pours a goldish amber, with an off-white head. Aroma is pure raw hops. Pretty good lacing. Mouthfeel pretty smooth and full, seems not to have stickiness of 90 or 120 Min. DFH. This tastes sweet and hoppy but not sharply so. Definitely has a mellower feel than 90 or 120 Min. Some vanilla notes. A bit of astringency. The aging/blending seems to take some of the harsh edge off the 90 Min. so I prefer this (still would probably take the 60 Min. over any of them). Alcohol pretty well-hidden.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with good white head minimal lacing. Interesting boozy aroma along with some fruity, toffee, toast, and pilsner notes. I definitely pick up the 90 min IPA flavors, but they are in the background. The floral flavors of the glacier hops and the oak aging mix well. Once you combine all of that, it makes for an interesting flavor combination. Like marrying top shelf bourbon and water withDFH 90 minute. Warm, peppery, and bitter finish that gives you a flash of sweet maple before it goes down the throat. This one is hard to classify. But if I had my choice, I would put it in the american strong ale category, not IIPA. Excellent
notalush (5279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber in color, with decent head/lace - slightly woody aroma, with caramel, light berry and a much smaller hop smell than expected - very fruity, barleywine-like flavor, with strawberry, toffee - just a hint of wood; I would not guess that this was even 50% of barrel-aged beer - smooth, toasty finish - a strong ale that drinks like a session beer - dangerous - pretty tasty, but at 20 dollars a 4-pack, it’s not really worth it.