Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark golden color with few bubbles and a nice head. Aroma is flowery hops, a little sweet. Body is malty but not overdone. Taste starts sweet and quickly becomes tangy, slightly tart hops. Alcohol is barely noticable. Finish is medium bitter, with a lot of sweet hoppy flavor going up through the nose. Some nutty chocolate elements very late in the finish, a nice touch. A very pleasent beer to drink.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice seemingly Dreadnaught clone. Rich and deep in color with a good malt back bone and pronounced hoppy bitterniess and flavor. A bit oxidized. I am not sure if they were gunning for IIPA royalty or if they merelyt came up with this offering after trial and error, but a nice rendition with a bit of oxidation.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy rustic amber with a thick, fluffy white head that leaves awesome lacing and comes from really cool tight bubbles. Sweet, hoppy aroma with grapefruit, lemon zest, pine resin, sticky toffee and whole grains. A lovely, soft body with elegant carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is tremendous. An initial crazy bitterness that shocks the tongue. Eventually, when the taste buds adjust, some chewy caramel, coarse grains, doughy bread and sweet citrus and pine come in to couterbalance the bitterness. The finish shows more hop glory and leaves the tongue yearning for more. Extremely hoppy and absolutely luscious. I donít consider myself a hophead and normally this would be too much, but this was just spectacularly tasty and full. Iíd love to get a beer engine and a firkin of this. I think that would make this heavenly.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was excited to try this beer, given the hype itís got going on. It pours a very bright, pretty amber, with a nice white head that leaves good lace. nose a combo of citrus American hops, quickly overwelmed by malt sticky-ness. body is very thick and sweet, almost obliterating the hops. not a bad beer, but the hops donít keep up with the malt, leaving more of a barley-wine behind, and a pretty heavy one.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
By far one of the best looking double IPAís Iíve laid my eyes on! Absolutely gorgeous glowing cloud of orange, deeper in color towards the top then at the bottom where it keeps some golden highlights. Massively stacked inch high head of dusty yellowed whipped froth that becomes crusty and lumpy as it muddles down to a thick haze remaining present. Lace in thick globby ink blot sheeting and strings.
Aroma is redolent with highly sweet citrus and soft dry pine, a bit juicy and oily thick with some resinous qualities, but set back some and moderately present on the nose. Lots of alcoholic vapors seep through like volcanic gases about to rupture the top of a fault-lined island of hops.
Taste is wowfully juicy with citrus flavors, fresh, clean, with a good load of skins and pulp of every kind play softly in the front but gain a huge acidic return at the finish. Nice bitterness of orange and grapefruit acids and hop oils coat the end for a good long while along with a finespun slow drying pulpy action. Slight sticky toffee-like malts way in the back. Floating pineyness vapors and alcoholic esters pass into the finish as well. Uff-da - yum! Thereís no doubt that this has a Herculian amount of hops. Quite complex and full of citrusy things including the flowers and blossoms too. Akin to Dreadnaught in its hop profile. A yummy puree of hops are to be enjoyed and awed upon while trekking up this mountain.
Feel is quite smooth for the seemingly end of hoppy citrus thats been given. Big full body with fluffy edges. Thick, fat, juicy, super fine citrusy bitterness. Oily but dry finish thats incredible to undertake. Yum! A great beer by Great Divide.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a beautiful amber color, with a decent white head. Smell was of flowers and citrus. The taste quickly reminded me of the DFH 120 min. i had last weekend, but a little more mellow. Was strong and very flowery. Not as impressed as i thought iíd be using RB ratings as a guide, but would not throw this brew out of bed for spilling some cracker crumbs. Will save my 2nd bottle for a hot summer day, while iím sitting at the pool.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This double IPA pours with a beautiful cristal clear amber body topped by a thick off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet, grapefruity and hoppy with a slight pine note and a nice malty background. The flavor is sweet and malty with slight caramel notes, bitter piney notes and a touch of citrus. Full bodied, smooth warming and dry.
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
duvel tulip glass: there is a massive, tight, cremey, and off-white head that sparkles and lingers... it becomes rocky and airy with time, but oh does it take time... underneath the gorgeous head is a dark and fiery amber body accompanied by a great dark peach highlight. the taste is fantastic, the palate is wonderful, and the lacing left behind seems stickier than the salt thatís left on your car in the dead of urban winter. wow. this is sweet. this is huge! this is claiming to be god! (read the commercial description.) this is a helluva of a double IPA and definitely one of the best strong beers in the world! (of course, i'm very inexperienced at this point of time... but...)
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful amber/orange color. Lasting, dense, creamy head. Huge aromas cause my eyes to cross involuntarily. Sweet and sour orange, grapefruit, coniferous hops. There are some high alpha goodies involved here. Flavor is nicely sweet with a bracing bitterness. Lots of soft fruity malt. Big, slick palate thatís scrubbed clean by a late, lingering bitterness. If I can say anything bad at all about this, itís that itís not too complex. But thatís fine. Man, I want more of this.
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber/copper. Hops, citrus, pine, alcohol and malt aromas. Flavors of hops, citrus, malt, caramel, with a bitter finish. The alcohol also doesnít reallly kick in until the end. Good, but 90 minute is better.