acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another bottle thanks OldGrowth (and another rating moved to the correct spot thanks to him)! Pours pretty clear for an unfiltered beer. Smells of, well, beer. A little malt, a little hops. Nothing really distinguishing. Taste is about the same. Not very hoppy, not very bitter. Nothing offensive, just not all that much there. I read ClarkVVís defense of this beer with respect to the DFH 60-minute. I donít really like very bitter IPAs (I thought the Two Hearted Ale was almost undrinkable and it shot my palate for the rest of the night), but I also like something interesting from my beers, and this didnít have it. You can definitely go too far in any dimension, but for my money, Iíd like something that goes farther than this.
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Huge hoppy piney aroma with hemp-like notes as well. A bit of floral hops as well. As the hoppiness subsides, caramelly malts present in the nose. This is a real joy to smell. Mildly hazy light copper color--wish this was darker with a decent frothy light tan head and nice lacing. Disappointing subdued hoppy start. I taste lots of butter and sulfur...almost tastes like the smell of a newly lit match. Lots of caramel malts and not much in the way of hops or bitterness. The aggressive, pungent aroma does not come through in the flavor and I would consider this a let down. Decent, but this had so much promise...
TheBeerGod (5337) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of OldGrowth (rating moved to the correct beer, Thanks Tom!). Pours a pretty amber with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet Taste is hoppy and slightly piney. Fruit (melon, orange, light tangerine), pine needles, earthy hops and caramel make up the bulk of the taste. Body is slick with a medium feel. Finishes with a pleasant moderate hoppiness. Light earthy notes, some pine and citrus fruits round it out. Itís well made but nothing extraordinary.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grass, citrus fruits, sweet malts. Taste of the same, sweet malts, with a grassy, and lightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Julios consumed on 12/10/2005. Nose is foresty, soft, fuzzy hops supported by light sourdough-like malts. Interesting that canary dog feels he can tell the difference between pelletized hops. Smells fine to me, itís certainly not any knock your sox off west coast ipa. Whatever. I also didnt get any oxidized/stale flavors. And furthermore, whatís so remarkable about Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA?? A drinkable beer? sure, but itís quite bitter, acidic and heavily filtered now, leading to a thinned out and very lacking mouthfeel. I guess itís remarkable in that regard, as in, I might remark "Boy, this beer sure sucks now compared to how good it was 3 years ago." I also think their marketing is talking in that guyís review. Sure it says on the bottle that they boil the hops for 60 minutes, and itís nothing but the freshest ingredients blah blah blah, so itís easy to turn around and talk shit about Long Trail and call their hops stale and pelletized. There certainly is more to the IPA style than just how strong and bitter your hops are. It seems like a cop-out to just say, "DFH 60 minute is a more bitter, hoppier IPA, therefore itís better". I guess that works for some people though, and maybe, in the end, the IPA is just about how hoppy and bitter you can make it. I think filtration is a huge aspect in any beer, though, IPA or otherwise (maybe not kristalweizen) so that should play a role and 60 minute isnt bottle conditioned. Iíll take unfiltered over whole leaf hops anyday. Well, anyways, I forgot where Iím going with this.
OldGrowth (2755) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Bottle from Julioís. Ok nose, sweet. Pine, citrus, little sourdough. Tad hazy brownish orange color, small to no head, minor lacing. Bitter flavors, like aromas. Citrus mainly, kinda grassy. Pellet hop thing. Medium body, thicker creamy mouthfeel, citrusy bitter finish. Donít know if itís any better than the original? In fact I see i scored it marginally lower, go figure. I guess I was hoping for something more. I donít see where this was worth their effort.
canary dog (665) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
More of the same: pelletized hops/stale oxidized flavors. An okay beer, but for only a dollar more per six, one can buy the remarkable Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first store in Massachusetts to have this one is Spirit Haus in Amherst. It just so happens the brewmasterís brother works there, and so do I. Quite exciting I must say. Pours a lovely golden yellow amber hue, cloudy of course. Small sticky whitish head leaves small rings of lace. Weird sulpherous nose, stinky pine, resinous,citrus, and I hear vanilla as Muzzle noticed. Pale toasty malts, sweet, light to medium body, steady carbonation, quite fresh feeling, spicey, juicy crisp hops, citrus, green, sappy. Nicely balanced. They need to double this, double malts, double hops, imperial IPA...Then Long Trail would have an attention getter. Nice even though its not over the top. Im still tasting lingering hop juice.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, first in the new "Brewmasters limited edition" series, sampled side-by-side with the original IPA. Pours a slightly hazy, oily medium amber, noticeably darker than the filtered IPA, with a thick creamy lasting head...so far, so good...on the nose, a nice mixture of piney and citrusy hops, and hints of vanilla, fairly pungent....fairly clean and crisp, on the sweet side, belies its 56 IBU with very little bitterness until the faint end, decent pale maltines with light hints of caramel....certainly much better than the metallic, cloying regular IPA, and if they supplant that with this one year-round I might even get a little interested in Long Trail again. Still, not even close to a great IPA and hardly worth being a "reserve" or "special" anything.