heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz. bottle. Gorgeous dark orange color with a rather large slightly yellow head. This leaves an amazing amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is dry oak sawdust and some apples along with nutmeg. The hops are obvious with flowers and some oranges. The taste is smooth and dry with apples, cherries and some oak. There is also a little bit of honey. The alcohol is really well hidden. Nicely done.
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 Nice amber body with a small head. Very little aroma present, maybe a slight sweetness. Flavor is quite interesting; thereís an initial sour funkiness, but all of the sudden the dry hopping attacks the palate and your mouth puckers from the bitterness. Alcohol is hardly present. This is hard to quantify; thereís a lot of bitterness and dryness from the hops, but not much hop flavor. Iím not blown away, but it is a unique brew.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz, Sampled side by side with 90 min. Copper body, thin white head. Aroma has hints of woodiness and subdued hops. The oak comes through in the flavor, but only slightly. Very bitter, without as forceful of a fresh hop flavor as 90 min. Medium bodied. Good, but it just feels like 90 Minuteís overcompensating little brother.
AZeagle (11) - Cave Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice dark amber color with a full beige head that withered but stayed with the beer throughout. the first aroma was musty, certainly the oak, with a hint of the hops trying to poke through in the form of a peach and citrus combo. The taste is at first very subtle, mostly of oak, again with a promise of the hops. As the tasting progressed, the hops asserted themselves more and more until finally they were hitting as you would expect 80 IBU. The beer was smooth and complex with some very delicate tastes competing for attention. While others have expressed a problem with that, I found it to be a positive and enjoyed the beer immensely.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a hazy orangish amber color, with a fast fading thing white head. It barely left a ring of foam around the glass. Aromas are of fresh peaches, tropical fruit, oak barrels in the background, and a Merlot bite as well. Flavors are of oak foremost, followed by peaches, tangerines, minty notes as well as the malts. Sweet caramels meld with the oakiness to produce a top notch flavor combo. A little overdone for an IIPA in my book, but a decent new beer all the same.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 oz. bottle. Lots of sour notes and undifferentiated malt and wood flavors. A real mess of a beer. Vomitous acidity, too! The idea that this reached the 82nd percentile is absurd. DFH is a great brewery, but this is just awful stuff.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good Double IPA. Nice cobination of sweet malt, hop, and citrus flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and crisp.
rauchbier (3591) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned, courtesy of a fellow babbler at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Hazy amber, thin white head and gentle condition. Big oily resinous hops and malt in the nose, Good sweet malt and spicy hop balance in the mouth and a gentle malty sweet finish with some hoppiness.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK, everything Iíve learned about IIPAs can now be thrown out the window. This beer has a great oakey, woody, pipe tobacco aroma. Sweet malts are present in the aroma as well, but no hop presence per se. The hops do make an apperance in the taste, anchoring a rich, malt middle. This beer reminds me more of a barleywine than an IIPA, but who knows? Whatever it is, it is great! No trace of the strong 10% abv either. I guess IIPAs donít have to be one-dimensional hop monsters and can celebrate the complexity of both great hops and malts. This beer does it with style.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
OK, this was wierd. Been wanting to sample it since I first heard about it. Copper amber color, clear, decent head. Aroma was powerful, woodsy and spicy, with an almost medicinal note. Yup, it smelled like a hospital. Flavor was very challenging. Definite wood flavor, spicy hops, notes of thyme and rosemary were abundant. Still a medicinal note as well in the flavor. As complex as the flavors were, there was absolutely no subtlety in any of them. Each flavor smacked me like a brick in the forehead. In the end, I really appreciated the experiment, but simply didnít like the beer. Could be interesting to age though.