TheRealMGD (552) - 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 isnít apparent and one could power down several pints on a sticky Delaware summer day: beware! Another ígreater than the sum of the partsí DFH special, Iíd 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 Iím adjusting my rating downwards accordingly. Have even had a mishandled/skunked bottle recently (Dec í12). Will continue to try samples to see if DFH catch up with their new system.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to AndyReynolds
Better than I expected to be honest. I wasnít sure how I would like the
heavy mixture of lemon, spices, and hops advertised on the bottle. But it
turned out to be a remarkably refreshing IPA with enough of a unique twist
to keep me interested. Refreshing lemon and citrus are combined with
a generous amount of hops. The alcohol really started to kick in as it
warmed and only then did I realize it was 10% ABV. I think it would be even better if it were a bit lighter on the alcohol. Ever since watching
"Brewmasters" Iíve grown more and more skeptical of DFHís cute little
"gimmicks"... but Iím often reminded that Iím rarely let down by any of
their beers. As long as I never see something like Brandy Barrel Aged Chicha...
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber pour with a dry hoppy and citrus aroma. Taste of hop, citrus, caramel malts, lemon and yeast with a dry finish.
A good brew, not their best.
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 6/10/11 on draft at Bad Apple. Pours clear bright orange with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to thin, spotty lace. The nose is a typical sweet, more malt driven, DIPA with som interesting lemon hops, earth, caramel, and a bitter citrus peel aroma. The flavor is sweet, malty caramel, bitter citrus peel, and resin hops with a unique bitter dimension. The body is medium with a sticky texture, average carbonation, and a long bitter citrus peel and resin bitter finish.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 750ml from Grape and Gourmet brought back on a plane from Virgina Beach to good old Carbondale, IL. Poured into a snifter.
Color is a beautiful orange/amber. Has a huge amount of bright white head that is nice and frothy, takes forever to go down, and leaves excellent lacing.
Aroma is nice floral and citrus hops with a slight smell of sweet lemonheads.
Strongly bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste. You can definitely taste the lemon in there. You can also definitly tell this this bad boy is 10% ABV. Not in a bad way like some of the higher alcohol beers Iíve had, but in a very good way.
Medium bodied with a sticky oily texture. Soft carbonation and a long bitter finish.
Overall, this is an absolutely awesome beer. This is everything I could ask for. I just wish I could get more. The only thing I could ask for was a bit more of a lemon taste. This is one Iíll totally be looking for again.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle from Papago). Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper color with some small sediment in suspension. Has a pillowy off-white head that leaves some lacing. Carbonation is about average to slightly active. Aroma has some lemon, pith, 7-up, grapefruit and resin. Taste is sweet with some lemon hard candy notes followed by sharp bitterness. The bitterness does fade and blends with the sweetness. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Bitter finish with some alcohol given off some warmth. The alcohol is pretty well hidden until the last of the aftertaste. Interesting brew and one that Iím glad finally made its way to Arizona.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with light caramel and light earth. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and grapefruit lingers with light earth. Alcohol noticeable.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel, citrus fruits, lemon and ginger. Medium amber orange hue with an average sized off-white frothy head that left great lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice IIPA. Great looks and aroma. Loved it.
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Clear orange pour with a thin white head. Outstanding citrus aroma with lots of grassy hops and a lot of grapefruit sweetness. Flavor isnít as potently hoppy as the aroma leads you to believe. Mild bitterness with a very prominent lemon zest aftertaste. Slightly bitter on the palate with a mild lingering bitterness.
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with orange highlights and a fluffy 3 finger off-white head. Excellent head retention and nice lacing.
Smell: Lemon is the dominant aroma but there are hints of pine, bready grains and malt in the background.
Taste: Lemon zest and bready malt up front followed by piney hops in the middle before finishing with a blast of bitter lemon peel. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of maltiness. The malt presence is more than I expected from a DIPA brewed with lemons. The 10% ABV is well-masked.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a fairly low amount of carbonation. This is much lighter and thinner than I would have liked.
Drinkability: Average drinkability. This isnít something Iím going to savor to the last drop. The alcohol is well-hidden so it could sneak up on you if you decide to finish the whole 750ml bottle by yourself (Iím splitting the bottle 60/40 with the wife this evening).
Overall: Average beer overall. I had high hopes for this beer and those hopes were heightened when I saw how beautifully it poured. Unfortunately, things went down hill from there. The smell was slightly above average and the taste was nothing more than average. Pair that with a below average body for a DIPA and you get what I consider to be an average beer at best. Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries and this is one of the few times that theyíve not met or exceeded my expectations.