GonZoBeeR (2987) - 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.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2011 The Lure:
Peaches and oranges covering the alcohol pond, with some wooden hops floating amidst their fruitiness. That "Oak-Aged Imperial India Pale Ale" on the label really creates different expectations, and thus somewhat disappoints when the bottle is opened and sniffed. The hop aroma is rather subdued, but it remains classy.
A suave, soft mouthfeel, intrinsic to DFH apparently, serves the doughy, biscuity cereals and citrusy hops adequately. Alcohol offers heat, but doesn’t burn. Oak and hops are harmonious. Definitely not as advertised on their label (this is a balanced Barley Wine-like creature), and this feeling is at the source of my partial discontent.
Dressing up a child is cute, but that’s all it is.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear orange, limited off-white head. No oak apparent in both the aroma and taste whatever the label claim, the hops are not very aromatic either for that matter. We are left with a nutty maltiness, toasty and quite a match (as in being too big) for the sprucey, spicy lime like hops. Honest doughy yeast surprises, apparently unfiltered bringing pear and pineapple esters among the mix. Swallowing, you realise what might have been going through their heads when brewing this, it feels peppery, sherry-like and kinda oxidized, procuring wet paper and spoiled apples hints. Medium bodied, gentle bitterness. The alcohol level is well contained, but the aromatics are so muddled that you can’t help, but being disappointed, the label is kinda pretentious, the price is certainly that of a top shelf product and the base beer that’s been blended with 90 minute feels poor, simple and oxidized, after less than 1 yr in the bottle, at 10%. Sorry if it’s not DFH’s fault, but that doesn’t pass the test with all the good products out there. Weird soily dryness, slightly woody at best, astringent finish. Poor stuff.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 rerate 27 May 2006. Thanks to elnadeau & chilehead for sharing. For whatever reason, this was far better this time. Great balance between sweet & hoppy
I had this brew at Dr. BIll’s 12 Hour Beer extravaganza in Anaheim, CA on August 20, 2005. Thanks, Dr. Bill.
For a double IPA, this is a bit sweet. Not quite what I was expecting.
Sully (1379) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My thanks go to Haddon90 for bringing this over from the states on his recent visit. It had been sitting in the fridge for a while contemplating when it would be consumed. I sampled the 120 minute a little while ago and wondered if this one would be as cloying as that. When poured it certainly looked like a viscous cousin of the 120, but presented well with a lasting cream head over the coppery orange body. Aroma is a definite resinous sweetness with a promise of a hop presence but not overwhelming. The flavour is quite agreeable, a definite hint of sweetness and perhaps slightly unbalanced but it is a pleasing beer. It certainly doesn’t appear to have the 80IBU strength but this is not a bad thing as it is eminently drinkable. I would like to try a lot more of this one and at varying ages to see how it mellows. Thank you again Phil
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definately a little against the grain on this. Pours amber with decent off- white head. Huge sweet malt aroma with faint hops and a big woodsy charactyer to it. Flavor is all sweet malt up front with some hops coming in through the middle and a smoky woodsy finish. While it might be a little off to style, I really enjoyed this nonetheless.
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a nice copper color with no head. The aroma is fruity with a note of sweet oak. The taste was not as hoppy as one would expect from a brew with a 80IBU, but none the less a good hoppy taste balanced by sweet oak, caramel and maybe some notes of smoke. I thought this was a very good beer.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazed dark amber color. Smaller beige head. Aroma has hints of kerosene, malt, alcohol, and green hops. Mild sweet malt with mild oak, a cherry sweetness. Full bodied. Leans towards an american strong rather than an IIPA.
Pailhead (5803) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of BlueDevil0206 via trade. Aroma is mostly fruity with some candy sugar, light citrus, a touch of woodiness, and the slightest hint of hops. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Flavor is very fruity with a moderate apple presence. Slight caramel in the background, Light pine hops in the finish sneak thru the sweetness with an even lighter woodiness. Initially reminds me of a Strong Ale, but the hops get slightly stronger as it warms and the IIPA characteristics begin to come thru a little more. Let it warm a little more and light alcohol starts to show in the flavor. Has a little warming affect but no real alcohol flavor.