DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to BrooklynBoy and JPDIPSO for this one (2 is definitely not enough). Pours coppery/orangish, with a big, off-white, creamy head. Big aroma of hops, citrus, honeydew melon, grapefruit. Tastes super hoppy, fruity, piney. Finishes smooth, crisp, hoppy, with a burst of hops, citrus, melon, florals, spice, and even honey at the finish. Unbelievably complex, very well balanced, and one of the better beers I’ve ever had. The Great Divide "regular beers" didn’t blow me away, but their big 3 (Titan, Hercules, and Yeti) definitely deserve their place in the all-time pantheon of ratebeer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 22 oz, tulip. Caramel, toffee, nutty malt (H); spruce, grapefruit, orange, lime hops (H); pear, peach, pineapple, white wine aromas. Large, creamy, off-white head leaves excellent lacing and sits on a hazy orange-red body. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: the aroma is simply luschious and the flavor is not far behind. 3.22.05 Trying a full bottle this time. Wow...this aroma really is damn near perfection. 4.22.05 Fine, this is just glorious. I love this beer. It goes in my top 10 now. It could be a little creamier/fuller but there’s not too damn much else it could do right.
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge head on top of a beautiul bronze beer, full of fast rising bubbles. Huge hoppy nose that still lets some caramel malty aromas come through. Somewhat harsh at first sip, the spiciness of the hops is tasted throughout. Caramelly sweet malts are chewy and thick. Massively bitter at the end, but still some graininess in there.?
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a copper with a small, oeff-white head. Beautiful aroma of grapefruit and florals. Flavor of heavy hops and alcohol. Flavor lasts for a long time.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper with a medium, off-white head. Sweet nose, lots of apricots and grapefruit--very close to Dread Naught. Sweet flavor, with caramel, piney/grapefruity hops, solid bitterness.
SpringsLicker (3126) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Lord Gorlock for sharing this one while on World Tour 2004!
A slightly off white sticky head forms above this light amber beer. Malty aroma, toasted marshmallows darkly toasted. The flavor starts sweet and finishes bitter. Alcohol well hidden. No faults, but I’d like more hops and a touch more body to score this higher. A good choice for someone wanting a little less hop intensity.
Shag (2598) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark orange appearance with a moderate off white head. The flavor is a nice kick of hops with some orange citrus, bread, pine , and caramel in the flavor. The aroma is pretty much the same and quite enjoyable. A bitter finish that leaves a citrus sting in your mouth. Yet another fantastic Double IPA!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RBSG 04’ Grand Tasting
Aroma of pine and cat piss with dry caramel. The flavor is sweet, light bitterness & jolly rancher watermelon. Finishes well-rounded, horrible aroma that really turned me off to this one.
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
deep golden, orangeish color, with an eggshell white head..not thick, but lasting. aroma is quite strong on the piney hops, floral and herbal qualities, and lots of buttery toffee, and a moderate amount of perspiration. The flavor is essentially the same only with the alcohol being slightly detectable. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Damn well-balanced. This beer truly gives the Dreadnaught a run for its money.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Burnt orange pour raising a big bubbled white head. Huge grapefruit nose. Another hop monster. fairly well balanced but still definitely all about bucklling your tongue. Abv is hidden pretty well making this a really enjoyable beer. Thanks to jcalabre for getting me the bottle!