TheBeerGod (5294) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Bottle number 7370. Ruby tinged amber with a medium tanned head. Nose is very hoppy and fruity with light berry notes. Some sweetened malt underlying along with a hint of maple. Taste is strong hops, strong fruit notes, milder sweetened malts, and faint spice. Very solid offering and a nice taste to this. Body is medium to near full with above average carbonation feel and above average bitterness. Mild oily feel to this as well. Finish is fruity, hoppy and bitter with slight maltiness coming through. Another nice surprise for today!
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Bright amber color with a fluffy, white head. Big, strawberry fruit aroma with underpinnings of honey, green hop, vegetation, and rose water. Flavor contains strawberries, hop acidity, solid caramel maltiness and residual sweetness all balanced by minty, higher alcohols. This is unique and wonderful. Yeast aroma reminds me mostly of Westvleteren’s strawberry twizzler aroma but, of course, not quite there.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours caramel in color, slightly dark & murky, large frothy sandy colored head, light carbonation, with very attractive lacing.   Sweet hoppy aroma, some citrus & pine spice it up a bit.   WOW, this is different.   Thick mouthfeel right off the bat, with flavors of chocolate covered orange sticks, quite zesty & citrusy, with a soft hop bite throughout the background.   Fairly malty as well.   Fantastic body, smooth palate.   Finishes with an aromatic zesty orange sorta flavor, along with sweet hop bitterness.   Very unusual, interesting, and unique!   Thanks for the trade goldtwins!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My scribbley notes say that this beer took us "directly to Funkytown!" - I’m not sure who said that. Hazy golden body, great head and fantastic lacing. Aroma was pepper, citrus hops, summer fruits, medicinal herbs... First few sips had a side order of powdered sugar; but as it warmed the flavors just got huge - apricot pineapple melons. Although this was hoppy, the malts really carried most of the flavors here. Body was thick and very very smooth. Excellent
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first beer marking the 70th Birthday of Flying Dog Brewery (10th in human years) was purchased in an elegant Champagne bottle with cork and a wire cage (Bottle # 750). Freeing the beer out confinement resulted in a satisfying pop, followed by nice gunsmoke. One sniff of the bottle revealed the unmistakable sweet sour smell of ripening mangoes, taking me way back into my childhood days in India.
The beer was poured into an Imperial Pint glass, and looked very nice, with a deep hazy copper tone and a tall fluffy beige head that stayed on for eternity. The aroma was very malty with the aforementioned mango smell, supplemented by caramel, grapefruit, and apples.
The taste was very well balanced between citric and sweet. Once again I was reminded of the mango flavor profile. This did not feel like 80 IBUs, no way. I would not classify this into an American Double IPA at all. If there was such a thing as an English Double IPA, this would be it.
Mouthfeel was thick and roasty with the 9% ABV not playing any part of a spoilsport. This felt quite delicate and elegant, with a restrained warmth, and this coming from drinking it well after dinner. With food, this beer would slip quietly under the radar screen of detection.
A wonderful entry from this brewery that seems to be becoming the next Sierra Nevada. Happy Birthday, and I look forward to the rest of your anniversary selection.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
September 2004 Release, Bottle #3734, Sampled November 2004
Pours a lightly hazy amber-red color, it is topped by a frothy light tan head that is pretty thick. The aroma smells about right for a Double Pale Ale, it is redolent of malt, particularly of the crystal kind, with notes of biscuits and caramel. The hops are also here, witch combined with the malt form a sticky sweetish aroma of citrus fruit (grapefruit, and tangerine), and pine. The hop aromatics are not as strong as say the most aggressive Double IPAs, but I would not expect that in a beer billed as a Double Pale Ale, the hops are definitely here though.
Wow the hops are a bit more evident in the taste of this beer, though not enamel melting though. The beer is a little lighter (definitely a full mouth coating quality to it though) and not as sweet (though it has a definite sweet malt character to it) as I was expecting from the aroma either. The taste is thick with hoppy notes of ruby-grapefruit, tangerine, orange, an astringent herbal component, and pine. There is also some nice malty notes here, which mostly serve to pick up and accentuate the flavor hop additions in this beer, I get notes of sweet caramel, crackers, and biscuits. This has a nice low carbonation to it, which compliments the heft of this 9% alcohol beer nicely. The finish is solidly bitter, though not hugely so, but it strikes a good balance with the residual malty sweetness that is found in this beer.
This is quite a nice beer, certainly not something I could drink a lot of, but I highly recommend a 750ml bottle, especially if you can share.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My rating makes an even dozen for this beer, so far. 750 ml. green champagne bottle. Corked and caged. Sept. 2004 date on front label. Bottle hand numbered of 777. Must be my lucky day, and my lucky beer, huh? Cork was extra hard to get out, but worth the effort, IMHO. Poured out a deep amber / caramel brown color, with a sticky, thick eggshell colored head on it. The head stuck all down the sides of the glass, and left a decent cap of foam on top of the beer itself. Aromas are of hops, and more hops. Slight caramel toffee aromas, along with a dry biscuit component. Lots of malty aromas along with a slight tang of alcohol make up the remainder of the smell. Tastes are of Simcoe hops, malty caramels, spicy, peppery background, piney, resinous hops also. Leaves hoppy burps in it’s wake. Thick, rich mouthfeel, coats the old tongue well. Finish is spicy, and hoppy, with a slight warming from the alcohol. The flavors of the alcohol are well hidden, however. Paid $13.65 each for it at a local watering hole. Was it worth it? Maybe. Was it tasty? Damn straight it was. Get some for yourself, IF you can find any.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Summitt’s Wayside tavern...Wow this was a huge surprise...Really big,pungent nose very piney...Flavor is nicely tart and sweet at the same time...Very Nice effort..I’ll drink it again
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice amber brown thick haze with a nice consistent foan head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Stong citrus notes are most present, making the floral notes take a backseat to pineapple, star fruit. THe flavor is a sweet spike of bitterness right off the bat, then gets real malty in a hurry. It left my mouth tasting like i just drank a barley wine, as it was that stong. Ending flavor also has a bit of wooden warmth in it as well, which goes well with offsetting the high alcohol content.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 Aroma of many sweet passionate fruits,pine,pine and more pine(resiny,grassy,floral hops)and just as much,maybe more sweet malts.Very nice hazy orange/amber color,nice quick head,some lace.The flavor is alot of malt and hops with neither really getting a chance to truly shine.Medium bitterness,oily low carbonated mouth,a little burn on the way down,leaves the palate with hop resins lingering for a while as well as a very chalky palate.Way too expensive(this shit is 10$ from the distributor let alone 16$ with tax retail)and also way too sweet,otherwise a pretty decent Imperial pale ale.Lets face it,why would a\so-so micro-brewer make a so-so IIPA and then charge that much for it,well I bought it! Happy birthday you bastards.. So six years later(almost)... Flying dog is now brewed in MD and this beer is the titty’s sheen. Stroger and tastier today than it’s ever been. Great value @ 8.49(9.00 w/tax) for a 4-pk, purchased at Frienship liquors.