blipp (6326) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours bright orange with an off white head. Fresh hoppy aroma with citrus and pine rsein. The flavor is sweet and hoppy, with floral/earthy notes, as well as lesser notes of pine and citrus. Nice.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a good clear copper with a big off white head. The head is frothy and lasting. Has real good lacing. Aroma is good with plenty of piney hops and some sweet caramel. Has a good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. Has a good bitterness hidden under its overtones if that makes sense. Not overly hoppy or bitter but real good. Has a medium body. A real good finish with a wonderful aftertaste. The texture is oily. This is a real good beer. I love DFH’s IPA and this one does not disappoint.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear deep copper with a small off-white head. Caramel aroma (maybe even some burnt sugar) with piny hops mixed in but underneath. Hops first on the flavor but then dissolve to a long bitterness and touch of alcohol. Light malty middle. Very warming on the throat. Medium bodied. Floral and candy aroma as it warmed. I think I got ripped off Brandon. I paid $13.50. Hmm
notalush (4991) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 - this is probably the best label art DFH has produced since the original 90 Minute IPA - anyway, other than that, this is about standard for what DFH has been producing in the last few years - medium copper, quite clear for an unfiltered beer - soapy lace - nose of pine cones, spruce, maple syrup, cane sugar - the flavor is very sugary, so much so, that it is hard to enjoy the flavor of the hops, as their bitterness is almost completely washed out by the sweetness and caramel-ish maltiness - very poorly attenuated - you would think DFH would be able to get that right by now, but I guess not - there is some nice earthy hop character hiding underneath all of that sugar, but man, it’s sooooo sweet - on the plus side, this is the first DFH 750 I’ve seen for under 10 bucks in about 5 years.
tgncc (2878) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasant aroma, sweet, caramel, citrus hops. Attractive dark orange color, white head, surprisingly clear for an unfiltered ale. The flavor is sweet, honey, a mix of citrus and piney hops, more piney as the time goes by. Enjoyable overall. The finish is more stringent, piney hops, bitter, maybe slightly metallic. Medium/thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very decent IIPA overall.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at ACBF 2009: Slightly hazy deep golden pour with an off white film of head. Sweet honeyish aroma with some doughy malt character as well as crystal sweetness, some citrusy hops and earthier (Chinook notes). Under attenuated and sweet. Some herbaceous hop character underlies a honey presence throughout. The crystal malt combined with the honey gives it quite a level of residual sugars. The kiss of earthy (Chinook is what I guessed, but they’re actually Willamette) hops on the back can’t quite save it. Sam never fails to make IPAs that are too sugary for my palate.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, particulated copper colour with a frothy, mostly lasting off-white head. Nice thick lacing. The nose is of slightly expired NW hops, with citrus, pine, and a grainy malt backbone. The flavour is brilliantly hoppy, but the backbone is like malt liquor. The palate is also as syrupy as malt liquor. If not for the great dry-hopped flavour, this would be a bomb.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Frothy, long-lasting head; leaves good ring lace. The liquid is golden amber and is clear.
Very strong pine/grapefruit hop bitter nose. Little else for the smell.
Surprisingly strong malt base on the initial sip. The swallow is where the bittering hop shows up. Unlike some DIPA’s, this one has balance. Creamy body with a fine-bubbled level of carbonation. The aftertaste is long-lasting hop pellet-like bitterness.
malrubius (1849) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 in pint glass. Clear copper with lasting thick head and lace. Citrusy peppery woody spicy aroma with trace alcohol. Medium fruity pineapple orange sweetness with a little caramel biscuit. Slightly gristly bitter complex hop finish. Dry with lingering bitterness. Very complex and quite tasty. Nice mouthfeel for a thick beer. Nice refreshing carbo. Very good.
Slipstream (2073) - USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For my 600th rating, I decided to go with this special release from Dogfish Head, who have been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. I feel connected to them because DH boss Sam Calagione first got interested in microbrews while working at Nacho Mamas, a cool little Mexican restaurant/bar that I used to visit once in a while. I vaguely remember talking with him once or twice. Anyway, Squall has a nice orange and hop aroma. The flavor is fresh, peppy, herbal, and hoppy, with some similarity to the 90 minute. It is tasty and nicely balanced, but surprisingly low key for an Imperial IPA from this brewery.