OhioDad (2492) - 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 Capitalís 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 IPAís I like anyway this one didnít 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 isnít so bad. not this time.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange body with a thin white head. Sweet nutty, woody taste with a lingering finish.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
kind of a cloudy looking orange color with a creamy head that holds almost all the way through the glass. aroma is sweet and malty, hops are mixed in with some fruity and caramel aromas. flavor is very mellow, not nearly what i would expect from 80 ibuís, the sweet caramel malts are actually the dominiant part of the flavor, with the fruit tones and some smoke/oak flavors in the tail end. nice medium body, a very smooth mouthfeel, and no hint of the abv.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcohol up front in the aroma, followed by moderate apple and pear esters, burnt sugar, and resiny hops. Clear orange amber color, very thin off-white head. Good balance in the flavor, solid malt with some caramel aspects, piney and citrusy hops. There is still a strong alcohol presence. I can taste the oak in the finish. Pretty full-bodied, kind of syrupy. Based on earlier reviews, Iíd say this has calmed down quite a bit since it first came out. The hops have mellowed, the oak flavor is balanced, and the alcohol is walking a fine line between adding complexity and being too hot. Not a bad beer.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep gold in color with a slight haze and a small white head. Aroma of alcohol,wood/oak,earthy hops, malty and bready.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of a bottle pours a nice light amber, fruity cask hoppy nose. Settles nicely. Has a distinct draw like a nice whisky with some fruity variations.
DocLock (8326) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy coppery with solid off-white head. Big hop aroma, along with apricot and bourbon. Tastes hoppy, with caramel malt, lemongrass, bourbon, and spicy florals. Dense and complex mouthfeel and finish. Great style.