DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Solid entry into the double IPA category; Bold, toasty maltiness is fairly sweet and holds up well the the strong hops bitterness; The toasty flavor is unusual for the style, but most welcomed; Surprisingly, the bitterness eases up a bit in the finish, which is also unusual; Good, solid mouthfeel is neither flimsy nor cloying; Nice amber color and crystal clear; Not much head on the initial pour, so retention isn't a factor; Fairly minimal amount of lacing
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very floural and piney with some citrus trailing. Pours copper and clear with strong carbonation and large off white head with good lacing. Flavor was very pleasing with good hop bite and rich mouth feel. Very nice Double/Imperial IPA.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice deep amber with a rich head. Aroma of sticky sweet hops. Lightly bitter warm mouthfeel.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Appealing flowery, fresh, piney, leafy and fruity hop aroma, some dark honeyish sweetness and faint vanilla with just a touch of alcohol. Medium-dark orange-amber color, some drifting particulates but lacking sediment, with a fine, creamy off-white head and artful lacing. Malty and substantially sweet up front, toasty, honeyed and sugary, but being thereafter largely subdued by undeniable, resinous hops, smoothly melding with the generous maltiness by the close, which is somewhat lengthy and indulgent. Palate is rich and chewy but somehow also slick and oily, with a gratifyingly full body. Shows a powerful yet restrained character, not overwhelming in any particular aspect, just some well-structured elements here, even some subtle interplays to be found. Power and finesse, a rare combination and difficult to achieve. Highly recommended. Thanks to cquiroga.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmm, this one seems to be from the Dreadnaught side of the style being intensely fruity. Sweet apples, figs, citrus on the nose. Big sweet malt body with highly fruity ragging intense hop finish. Sweet figs, overall it has me thinking of dreadnaught with richer darker fruits, less clear and more confussing though.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
The bear has a cloudless golden amber color on the pour with a medium sized bright white head that is creamy in consistency and the lace a sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is major league hop floral, sweet at the back, citrus crisp and fresh, start nicely malted and somewhat sweet with the top fair to middling in feel. Finish is pleasantly acidic with a monstrous hop spicy bite, the aftertaste desert dry and long lasting, a “Hoot” of and IPA.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 A wonderful brew that isn't overly hopped, and hides the alc. content well. POurs a light amber with minimal head. Just as ClarkVV noted, it's similar to the dogfishhead 90 min. but a lot smoother.
mribm (446) - Hurley, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Bottle. WOW! What a great beer! The nose was malty, the taste was a perfect marriage of malt and hops and the aftertaste was loaded with hops. This beer hid the alcohol very well. I only wish they sold this beer in my area and I didn't have to pay to ship it across the USA. I can't wait until this beer hits my local store!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 For this review, I will do a comparison. Very full aroma of deep resiny hops, much stickier and sweeter than the sharper pine of DFH 90 minute (my comparator to this beer). Not as in your face and sniffable but still up there. Pours a clear red-orange peachy color, where is the haziness???. Good amount of yellow-orange head that disappears moderately quickly. Lots of lacing. Seemingly similar to DFH 90 minute at first, to my palate which has limited Double IPA experience. Very hoppy, lots of sweet grapefruit, with an equally substantial caramel malt which balances it well. Pros: gone is the piney acidic flavor on the finish that detracts from DFH 90 minute. Cons: Not as complex. Malt flavor is quite one-sided, though tasty. Hops flavor is. . .well. . .hoppy. Not as much pine/citrus/herbal floral variation as DFH. It does have a nice earthy/dirty flavor in there, finish dries out and is slightly butter toffeeish due to the hops/malt interchange. Different but solid.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very resiny, slightly pine aroma. vigorous pour yielded a nice fluffy head and plenty of lacing throughout. Strong grapefruity flavor with a tinge of alcohol near the finish. Lingering sour bitterness. Drinkable and decent, though not my favorite.