Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Real big grapefruit hop aroma. Pours a hazy orangish-red with a nice off-white head with fair retention. Excellent lacing. Real sweet up fron with some sugar and orange. Has an okay hop finish. Could use more hops in the finish to balance it our a little better. Hops get a little covered up by the syrupy sweetness and citrus. As you drink the hops seem to improve and bump up my rating a little.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Bottle. Pretty nice beer. First of the breweries that I have sampled. Big hoppy aroma. Hazy amber color. Decent balance between malt and hops.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #3683. Sampled at marinaro500ís post-Thanksgiving gathering, provided by me. Well, this ended up being my last rating of the evening because of an intense episode of the hiccups (this always happens to me). Cloudy orangish body, thin/medium cream head. Heavy earthy, piney aroma. Very sweet caramely body with plenty of earthy, piney hops. Pretty intense but very typical of I2PAs and American Strong Ales. Considering itís a Flying Dog brew, though, this was pretty good. But, please, letís move beyond these heavily hopped beers and come up with a new trend (donít mention barrel aging either...)!
OldGrowth (2833) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Manchester Wine and Liquor. Good nose, Pine, orange,carmel or butterscotch.Hints of its ABV. Clean orangy red color, just a touch of a haze. Small head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Grapefruit,carmel,orange,burntness. Thick body, creamy sticky mouthfeel. Bitter grapefruity finish. Very nice beer. Wish I bought more. 10.99 each
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color with a thin head. Hop and malt aroma with some spices and caramel mixed in. Very rich malt taste. It seemed a little one dimentional in the flavor, but it remains an outstandingly balanced and tasty brew.
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large tan head, good retention and a sticky lace.Hazy copper color. Big, piney, citrus nose with notes of melon too boot. Med/full body, slick, sorta resiny feel. Sweet malt, resiny hops, grapefruit, pine. I know theres malt in there somewhere, just cant find it. Sticky, oily hop finish, decent bite. A pretty impressive brew from a pretty mediocre brewery, though at $14 a bottle this should of been AKC registered! YEA!
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber color with a huge beige head. Big hop aroma with some malt in the background. Big hop and malt flavor with a tangy finish. Low carbonation.
piscator34 (2034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Amber in colour and VERY hoppy. I think the hops are specifically Northern Brewer, but I could be wrong. Flavor wise itís an insane battle between hops and malt. Thereís a huge malty and ripe fruit thing going on along with a large herbacious hop presence. Heavy mouthfeel. This one is special indeed, and not one for the faint at heart!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unscrewed the cage...broke the cork, trying to twist it off...ugh! what gives?!? There we go! Ah...beautiful bottle, lovely label, now to get at the beer, eh?
dusky auburn hue, hazy, and capped with a serious 1/2" ring of creamy, dotted beige foam...impressive appearance.
And highly aromatic, even just sitting on the table, so far from my nose...letís go in...ah, there it is! fruit aplenty, grape and cherry, grapefruit, tropicals, and more, smooth and luscious, ripe, fresh, alive and appealing.
On first sip, the palate is impaled, a pike is thrust on the tastebuds, the senses have to reckon with the enormity of this intrusion, and it gushes a juicy, hoppy deliverance that instantly translates into supreme deliciousness.
Again, with every meeting on the lips and off the tongue, the massive mouthfeel, the tang and twang, rich, robust, fullness in extremity, tasty to the point of no return. I almost donít feel the alcohol, but, once again, I speak too soon, it comes roaring in...this is the Imperial IPA squared, the hop monster meeting the beastly barleywine, and this 10% brew feels almost judicious and restrained...but this is definitely a party-sized package, for Iím only halfway into the bottle and feel near-satiated, and the night has just begun!
So much of the Flying Dog line is pedestrian, itís thrilling to taste what they can do when they take the gloves off and get down and dirty!
Excuse me, now, while I luxuriate in the remainder and re-do my budget to allow for the purchase of a case, to cellar and to savor!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like I just opened up a bag of hops for brewing! yum. Orange-brown color, gets a little sweet but the hops just take over, big hop taste with some big malts to counter.