Dillen (3) - Chicgo, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
intense spruce and grapefruity notes in the aroma, Taste of pine resins well blended malts to offset the heat of 9.9
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Welcome to Georgia big boy! I love when I can open something Iíve been saving because I fear it would be hard to get another bottle
This is not your typical crisp refreshing IIPA. That isnít a putdown. This is a complex, nutty, malty treat that has an amazing thickness to it. The aroma is muted by the alcohol sizzle, but the finish is so dense the alcohol is long gone by then. The caramel and resin really lean this towards the fringes of a barleywine. (in the same way Sierra Nevada Celebration might).
I admire this creation more than I like it.
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Peoria Intíl Beer Festival. Probably my favorite of the festival. Cloudy orange in color with a small white head. Cereal grain aroma underlined with grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. Hop flavor is actually quite mellow for a double IPA, which I actually prefer, with a chewy caramel malt center, like cracking into a hop-coated caramel candy. Not too aggressive, yet complex. This really displays the brewerís talent.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 I really did not like this beer. I am a fan of overly hopped high alcohol brews, especially from DogFish, but the alcohol was the most prominent flavor, followed by some cherry bubblegum off notes. I would not driink this, perhaps the only IPA I have ever said that about. // I retried this today and served it to a team of beer executives from South America. We all poured ours out. Again, still the only IPA I consider undrinkable. In fact, I have to drop the the overall rating ... this is just not a well made or interesting beer.
rickgordon (3843) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep orange colour. Big flowery, pine nose. Aggressive hop bite from start to end. Still good balance of hops and malt. Mandarin notes. Burning alcohol touch. Salty all along, that lasts minutes after, in its hop bitterness. This is more-ish.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2005 Pretty & really aromatic at the same time. This is gonna be a big beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Tons of grapefruit flavors. Iíd drink it again but it wouldnít be the first IIPA I reach for. You can easily tell itís Titanís big brother.
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange frothy pour. Beautiful aromatic deep pine nose. Start to almost finish a great beer. Light caramel malt flavor with excellent fruity, floral body. Right amount of alcohol profile. Finish is a little on the bitter side for me, but not overwhelming.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 This beer has an aroma of pineapple upside down cake and straightforward bitter citrus twang all the way down. Caramel color with not much head. This is a great beer whcih upon first tasting didnít impress as much as some of the other big name I2PAís but in months past I reach for this early and often making it one of my very favorite brews.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber color with a big off-white head. Big hoppy aroma of mostly grapefruit. Grapefruit and resin flavors with a good malt backing and some spiciness. Thick and full bodied. I love the style, but I donít think this is better than many of the others out there.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a rusted amber with a thick frothy head. Nice lacing on this one! Aroma is hop bliss! Big pine cones, floral and earthy hops and light citrus. Taste is also big hops but has a rich malt sweetness balancing this nicely. The bitterness is contained on this. Pine needles, maple syrup, light caramel, and citrus fruits. Body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and bitterness. Bit oily in spots as well. Finishes with more hoppiness, light caramel, pine needles, and bigger citrus fruits.