trevor211 (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Steph for this one. Pours a juicy transparent orange, with a small head. It has a weird, almost medicinal nose. Lemon drops and some sugar over a hop-o-rama. Tons of citrus. Flavor unfortunately keeps the medicinal qualities and amplifies the bitterness. Hops are at the forefront, and there’s a little something extra, but I’m not a huge fan.
jsmerig (1472) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden yellow with ample cream colored head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is zesty spice with fruit notes. Taste is malt forward with a bitter sour mix of hops and lemon. Crisp finish with subtle lingering bitterness. Honestly this tastes like a lighter version of ninety minute with Lemons in it.
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity hoppy bitter piney grapefruit aroma. Fruity hoppy bitter grapfruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent double ipa. This one is more citrus dominant in both the nose and the flavour. Slightly drier the the 90 minute. Lemon is quite prominent. Overall quite enjoyable but would rush out to get another. 90 minute a fair bit better in my opinion.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: coppers and ambers under an off-white pithy head which fades into an equally off-white collar. Blotchy along the sides.
Nose: fresh lemon rind, both pith and outer skin. Biscuit malt in the back, melba underneath. Sweet essence of key lime rind. Fir trees. Candied ginger in the back middle – delectable and teasatory.
Palate: ginger, lemon, spice, and rind. Apple skins. Dried peaches underneath. Lemon rind and key lime linger in breath. Caramelized ginger slices. Spice tickles the breath. Lemon pepper. General dryness of melba along the sides. More lemon in the breath – like biting into a whole fresh lemon while taking a breath. Parched and drying. Homemade lemonade aged in fresh oak barrels.
Final Thoughts: delicious, divine, dry, and refreshing. The adult summer beverage.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) light amber with off white head. Citrus aroma. Flavor was citrus/lemon, pine, caramel malt, quite bitter.
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Red orange appearance with an off white head. Grapefruit, lemon citrusy hoppy nose. Moderate lemon peel, mild to moderate grapefruit hoppy, fairly pale malty flavor. Booze is hidden very well. Great citrusy IPA that would probably be excellent for a hot summer afternoon.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Tria Rittenhouse in Philly. Pours a light amber with a short khaki head and tons of lacing. Bracing but inviting hoppy aroma with citrus and spruce. Citrusy hops, a tad of yeast, light caramel and milk chocolate balanced with a healthy malt profile. Mild carbonation and refreshingly light texture. Dry, snappy finish. One of my favorite DH brews. Sneaky strong. Surprised it isn’t rated much higher in relation to other IIPAs.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice hopy and dry grass nose. A bit bright and orange in color. Not very flowal. Taste is bitter and clean and enjoyable.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2013 Tap at DFH Alehouse and 750ml from 99, PD, Tacoma Boys and others. Hazy light orange pour with a short, persistent, off-white head leaving heavy lace. Light pine and caramel malt nose. Medium body and carbonation. Spruce, citrus, toast, lemon zest, caramel, and dough (towards the sediment-filled bottom of the bottle). Medium, citrusy, bitter finish. More evenly balanced than the hop-forward Imperials and therefore more traditional, whilst still clearly being an American IIPA. ABV isn’t apparent and one could power down several pints on a sticky Delaware summer day: beware! Another ’greater than the sum of the parts’ DFH special, I’d love to see this one make regular appearances. UPDATE: Later batches have lacked much of the complexity and pleasant aromas of the initial release - this beer has changed since its introduction and I’m adjusting my rating downwards accordingly. Have even had a mishandled/skunked bottle recently (Dec ’12). Will continue to try samples to see if DFH catch up with their new system.