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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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An unfiltered, 100% bottle-conditioned, super-pungent imperial I.P.A. clocking in at 9% ABV and dry-hopped with Palisade, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, CTZ, and Willamette hops. The beer will come out in June of 2009 in a handful of eastern seaboard states. It will only be packaged in 750ml champagne bottles. Seek it out... and hoard it from the non-believers.


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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
concretebeer (17) - Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2010
A decent enough IPA. But, as a Dogfish Head IPA definitely a let down. Their standard run if IPAs is better. It tastes overly dry hopped. The hop flavor is good, but not enough bitterness to match it.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1606) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Sweet floral and candy aroma. Some berry and perfume. No malt or alcohol presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Flame orange; mostly clear. Large, eggshell, frothy head. Good retention and lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Surprisingly well-balanced for the style. Some sweet amber maltiness complemented by candy/berry/floral hops. Bitterness is restrained and does not feel like 90 IBUs. Some pine flavor on the finish. Alcohol is part of the palette, but not distracting. Satisfying and enjoyable. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; noticeable thick though soft and smooth. Carbonation is a bit low despite being bottle-conditioned. Finishes rather clean with minor resiny aftertaste. Alcohol warmth is part of the experience. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine strong IPA, but not as special as it’s marketed and packaged. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 39/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (1326) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Hazy , straw color . Big , white head . Caramel malt , honey , pine and fruits in aroma . Great balance of maltiness and bitter hops . Full body . Good , classic DIPA.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koskela (490) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
The cascade and simcoe really stand out in this hazy orange brew with almost no head. The taste is sweet full bodied up front. The aftertaste the hop flavors and bitterness come in the hops are floral and balance well between Thenbitter and the malt sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanscourt (1256) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
not a strong nose, straw colored translucent when poured. very malty on the nose Not a lot of after taste, actually ends a little malty.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1029) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2016
The beer pored golden amber in color, and the body was quite clear, despite the beer being unfiltered and bottle conditioned. The head was about one finger thick. The aroma was a little subdued to my liking, as the hops were evident, in the form of grapefruit, melon, and hay, but this was not a hop assault on the nose. The taste was very tropical, full of juicy fruits, mild bitterness, and hard candy like sweetness. There was a little bit of butterscotch vibe to the malts. The body was dense, but the alcohol content felt much lower than it was. The aftertaste was mild, and lasted briefly. This was a decent tropical style DIPA, but for me a super dry West Coast style hopping goes much better with the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1004) - New York, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Numba 999. Bottled 03/03/16, so about 60 days old. Pours clear honey, white frothy head. Aroma is orange, caramel malt, burnt sugar, maybe just a bit old, but kinda malt heavy, could just be that DFH high gravity residual sugar I seem to find in so many of their IPAs. Dank notes (CTZ I reckon?). Flavor is nice hop bite, sugar sweetness, lots of pine, little bit of boozy burn to it, just in the back of the throat, orange, citrus. Not bad. Not their best IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (363) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle from beer junction. Nicely flavored. It's marketed as an IPA however at 9 percent more like a double. A bit of melon and sugar undertones. It does have a bit of corn additives on the aftertaste which I'm not sure why that is there. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quick3Beers (780) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a warm reddish-amber from a bottle, nondescript fruit, maybe a peach or papaya. Flavor is booze, front, center, and back. Big rock candy sweetness, some bitterness toward the end. Weird IPA, okay though. Might need to sit a few months.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnbuck100 (280) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2016
Bottled 03-03-16, 2016 Release. Pours golden amber. Pretty clear for unfiltered. Plus: taste fresh. Minus: Where are the hops? Lots of alcohol, for sure, but waayyy too sweet. actually cloyingly sweet. and alcohol forward. I do not understand this beers appeal. If I were to go with a 9% IPA, Stone’s enjoy by is so much better. This just adds to my perception that Dogfishhead is way overrated. not recommended for hop heads. good dessert beer, but that is about it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1667) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle from a small shop in CT. Pours out a deep golden amber with a lacy off white head. Complex earthy-floral-citrus aromas and flavors. Lots of bitterness with a sweet honey backbone. Long spicy bitter finish.


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