Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle # 1981. Pours a hazy copper with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
Its aroma is sweet and spicy malts with some pepper and some fruitiness (maybe pear or apple) and some candy like sugar and a small hint of floral hops. More of a barley wine aroma than a DIPA.
The flavor is sweet caramel and sugary malts with some melon fruitiness initially. It is followed by a strong hop bitterness that leaves a lingering oily aftertaste. There is a smoky alcohol present as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.
Overall, one of Flying Dog’s better beers, but I thought the sweetness and bitterness was a little harsh and unbalanced; the sugary melon and hop bitterness just didn’t blend well to me - it was tough to finish. I kept thinking of Young’s Old Nick as I drank this. I got it for $8.50 on sale, which is too pricey for me to get again.
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel/golden color with a hint of red. aroma is initially piney hops, with a buttery aroma coming on quickly. nose may even be a bit vegetal. flavoris a nice mixture of piney hopsand moderately sticky caramel. flavor is medium to full-bodied with a subtle alcohol burn. i’m really enjoying the pininess of this beer...it’s not quite yulesmith or hog heaven pininess, but it’s still pretty damn good.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
rusty copper color, slightly cloudy. thin light tan head, quickly diminishing. hoppy aroma, hoppy bitter flavor, also a little too sweet malty & alcohol.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber color with a small white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, pine and pale malts. Sweet malt flavor with a bitter, hoppy finish.
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an amber color with a small off white head. Aromas and tases of hops and some malts. Citrus, pineapple and pine. Lightly sweet balance to the hops.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle # 4974. After a five to ten minute struggle to remove the cork, the beer poured a dark amber color, with a large white foamy head. The aroma is very hoppy, grapefruity and piney. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale/Double Pale Ale. Malts are fruity, nutty and sweet. Hops are very prevalent, with grapefruit, pine and floral competing for ‘top dog’. The hop flavor dominate when this beer is cold, but as it warms more and more of the malt flavors come through. Lots of pineapple and orange flavors emerge as the hop profile lessens. Slightly spicy. Smooth taste. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Pours with a deep red body topped by a thick off-white head with lots of lacing. The aroma is very hoppy and bitter with tons of grapefruit and pine, as well as, a very slight touch of mint and an underlying malty sweetness. The flavor is hoppy and bitter with a malty sweetness, lits of grapefruit and some pine. Full bodied and warming yet surprisingly smooth and a touch dry.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 Lusious thick head and a slightly foggy brown/amber color. Strong aroma of hops and malt with a thick pallet. Tastes of a lot of hops and malt. Good beer but for a special occation. Ten dollars is a lot but is an exotic special brew.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice hop aroma, very disticnt sharp hop smell, but not as strong as I thought it would be, lots of malt in the taste to balance the enormous hop level, glass starts to smell like a heavy pine forest, bitterness and oiliness starts coming in at the end. This is a real hopheads delight. The blend isn’t quite as good as Dogfishhead, but those hops are wonderful. I’m getting some more
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby tinted amber color with a nice off white head. Aroma is sweet and resiny. Flavor starts rich and sweet followed by some citrus and pine and finishing lightly dry and fruity. Palate is rich and smooth. 9% ABV not apparent, overall a good brew.