Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is baked bread,mild malt hop mix. ABV fairly well hidden. Leaves the lips sticky. Like a mildly hoppy barley wine. Not very complex tho and kinda $.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (thanks Rob!). Reddish amber, very clear, with a slight offwhite head. Nose is a blast of hops, with citrus and earthy notes competing for attention, resulting in a strong medicinal quality, much like cherry cough syrup. Noticeable alcohol heat also in the nose. Smooth, full palate, with a nice medium malt sweetness and alcohol warmth, but again something weirdly medicinal from, I’m assuming, the hops, or perhaps the barrel aging. Certainly drinkable, but a bit of a let-down from such a quality brewer, especially in comparison with the 90 minute.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a darker orange amber with a medium size creamy (with small bubbles) off white head that left lacing. Aroma of citrus, oak, vanilla and a general overall sweetness. Flavors were similar with a bit of the alcohol, some darker fruits and some dry hops coming through. I really enjoyed what was going on with this one. Liked how the oak complimented this Double IPA.
MLdragoon (14) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hearty and intense like a barleywine, dark amber with white colored head. Great nose that instantly reminds me of the 90 minute. rather sweet and fruity. Overall i loved the first third but it was tough going from then on, don’t let the IPA tag fool you, this dose pack a punch.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hearty, complex, and rich; the alcohol doesn’t hide. It really does taste like a blend of Raison d’Etre and 90M IPA. Not something I’d plan to drink in significant quantities in one sitting (even if I could). Closer to a barlywine than an IIPA.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(01.31.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. Tony C. (beer manager at DiCarlo’s) put a 4-pack aside for me because he knew that I would like this one. The man must be clairvoyant! Clear red amber hued oak-aged IPA with small white head. No discernable carbonation. Good hoppy aroma. Full bodied ale with mouth-coating oiliness that starts with light malt sweetness and intense hop flavoring. Notable wood flavoring but not overwhelming. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness. Well-balanced with a pronounced hop flavor profile. Thick and lush. Simply delicious.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of 90 min but with some wood and smoke. Not as much earthy/grass aroma as 90 min either. Pours a dark amber with minimal head. Flavor is intersting and not what I expected...it’s dynamic and fast, with flavors coming in and out of the scene very quickly. The primary characters were a mild bitterness, minimal malt, some paper/malt liqour qualities, and a bunch of sweet fruit. Mouthfeel was syrupy and with an killer dry finish.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark gold body with a minimal head. Musk and sweets in the aroma. Heavy oak accents with an almost mead quality in the body. Very pleasent ending.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper/amber, with a small, white head. Aromas are subtle, hops, and some malt. Flavors are also subtle, with hops, fruit, sweet malt, and caramel. Not at all what I expected, but very nice.
Certainly not a double ipa, though.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I expected much more of this, since the Dogfish 90 minute is an almost perfect IPA. This one might be called 90 minute meets Raison d’etre or Son of Barley Wine, or something. Too cherry, too bubblegummy, too alcoholic in its taste. at 10% ABV it’s hard to think of a time when I would drink this, and the flavor is pretty disappointing. But the story is so good, it will make wonderful gifts for my beer geek friends. And it looks so great and smells so inviting that I’m sure the gifts will be much appreciated.