whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Lustrous, orange-amber body with noticeable viscosity, mild lethargic carbonation, and a thick cottony white head. Pleasant, fragrant aroma of papaya, geranium, and sweet malt. Maple syrup flavor, sweetness, and texture plus sweet, fruity hops. Lots of wood and fruit in the aftertaste. Some belly-warming heat. A little too sweet and fruity for my preference, but decent overall.
Zeswaft (1533) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 12/29/05. Let me begin by commenting on the classy labeling of this beer, nice work. A little disappointed that itís not a fancy corked bottle but content that itís only $3.99. Aroma is woody, cherrylike, and a little alcohol. Expecting a more flowery bouquet. Pours out dark copper with a rocky tan head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing. Flavor is quite delectable. Alcohol well hidden. You can detect the 90 Minute and some wood that kind of sweetens it. Bitterness is medium-high but not as intense as 90 minute. Iím a little disappointed that there isnít more citrus hops for it being an IIPA. A pretty smooth beer for 10% abv. The texture is a medium-bodied with an abrupt finish. Iíd say one of my favorite Dogfish Heads especially with all these unorthodox ones coming out recently.
sarah3961 (29) - allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was kind of bummed that this beer didnít taste more like a hoppy double ipa, but it was still decent. Not a lot of head, clear reddish orange color. Smooth with little aftertaste. Some caramel flavors. Easier to drink that 90 minute, but also a little sweeter.
jdjuice (487) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong fruity aroma, not unlike fruit snacks. Taste is like a highly hopped belgian ale, very complex with a nice fluid hoppiness that pervades the various flavors present. Very complex and enjoyable, although not particularly close to an IPA
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just have a hard time with all these double IPAs that donít have a wonderful fresh hop aroma. It seems like the higher they go in alcohol, the less they have that nice dry hop aroma. This IS a nice beer though. Well made and enjoyable, but the jump from IPA to Double means that what you gain in body and booze, you lose in hoppiness and really, IPAness. I have the same complaint of 90 IPA, and several others too. Still, Iíd buy this again.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange stuff. Pours clear caramel-y red with medium white head with fair retention but almost no lacing. Aroma is predominantly Imperial IPA fare -- big piney citrusy hops. Then the barrel-aged aromas sneak in -- the molasses, the oak, the touch of vanilla. The two aroma groups clash more than complement, but the combination doesnít especially offend either. Pretty much the same can be said for the flavor, which is more American IIPA than anything else, with the oak-aged elements mercifully playing a minor role rather than fighting it out with the pine & citrus. Pefectly chewy, full palate. Overall this strange experiment could have gone much more wrong than it did. As it stands itís a puzzling but intriguing American IPA.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light fruity aroma greets the nose. The color is a brownish oarnge with a fully lasting tan head. There is also coniderable lacing. The prescence of hops is evident but mellowed with a smoked malt background.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a copper color with an off white head that persists and swirls around. Nose is fruity and sweet with subtle hop presence. Flavor is sweet with more subtle hop bitterness, a little warming. Pretty much oak aged 90 min (Imagine a stronger but slightly mellow 90 min), I was expecting a little much from this beer (Burton on trent style maybe). A great beer just not what I expected.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Early 2006 12 oz bottle. Fruity and hoppy aroma with an intriguing mineral quality. Flavor is an apples and oranges mix with a tropical punch of pineapple, pear, and grapes complimented by a slight mineral flavor and tons of sweet malt. There is a lot going on with this beer and it is immensely enjoyable and completely unique. By the end of the glass the oak has become more apparent. Solid beer.
Early 2007 re-rate. I seem to remember the fresh í06 having a fair amount of hop bitterness that this one is lackng. Amber color with very little head. Sweet American Barleywine aroma with some pear. Flavor seems very sweet with lots of fruit flavors such as plum, peach, and apple. A bit of vanilla comes out as it warms. Very little hop bitterness. This seems very much like a slightly hopped up Barleywine and not at all like a Double IPA.
Tmoney99 (12726) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dilly Deli in Cincy. Poured a reddish brown with an average frothy off-white head that diminished quickly. Heavy citrus spicy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate sweet spice flavor with a light bitter finish.