acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting.... Clear deep amber pour with nice white head. Didnít get much hops: more malt, especially the pilsner malt; with my eyes closed, I could almost imagine sitting in a beer hall in Munich with a liter of lager. Also picked up hints of the oak. The flavor is an extension of the aroma: not much hops, lots of malt, no bitterness. Oak, sweetness, alcohol. Interesting and not horrible, but Iíd rather just have the 90 minute.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a brownish copper,little filmy head Aroma was rich with Citrus and hop. Somewhat floral hop aroma as well. Flavor starts somewhat sweet with carmel malt and citrus up front notes of wood follows ten a fruity sweet finish
bobaidan (529) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful mohagony/amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of floral hops. Flavor is surprisingly sweet, with fruity overtones and a bitter hop backbone. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Overall very well balanced and delicious. I usually donít enjoy IPAís, but this one has made me re-think what an IPA can be.
jcr (2346) - 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 (1049) - 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 (2156) - 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 (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.....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.