JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge hop nose and huge hop front and huge hop middle and huge hop end and huge hop aftertaste. I like Jay’s "one-trick beer" statement. We were so excited to pop this one open...and then we just sort of sat there wating for something else to happen to it!
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clearly, after the Stone IPA, it was a surprise when this was more civilized. The appearance is as good. The nose more balanced. The taste and finish were very rich and multi-layered but the overbearing and long-lasting hops finish of the standard IPA was replaced with something more manageable. (22oz. bottle)
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a one dimensional beer, and its
wonderful. This is about hops, hops, and more
hops. Deliciously bitter. Excellent.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 I tried a new dentist the other day...Highly recommended by hopsrus...With his translucent bronze syringe, he gently novocained my lips with a new conifer honey syrup solution mixed with some kind of alcohol...A numbing dry sand feel also lingered behind the huge citrusy pine trees as my fears went aloft...I like this new technology...
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 Huge hop aroma with a sweet malt backbone and some grapefruit. The lucious, soft pillowy glass-coating head is very inviting. The body is smooth and soft. It's not as bitter as 100+ IBUs would let on, at least not until the finish, but it does have an addictive dry hop finish that leaves me longing for more. If this had a little more malty sweetness to it, it would be on par with Dreadnaught. Still a very nice double IPA. Thanks jcalabre!
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange body, seems to be lightly bottle conditioned. From the crack of the bottle top, a wave of hop aromas, lemon zest and gooey pine sap, sharp enough to tingle your nose. Not as overwhelmingly bitter as anticipated, but consistently and appetizingly so. There’s some wonderful bubble-gum sugary sweetness at the base. I find it interesting that a beer can be so bitter, and yet keep the astringency relatively low. Am I turning into a hophead?
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Rich gold color, very clear, crisp white head. Looked like a beer ad! Floral aroma. Hops, hops, hops on top of sweet malt. Not as much citrus or pine as I expected in the nose, given the hoppiness of the beer. Flavor was great, but not quite as rich as DFH 90 minute, and not quite as big in the mouth. Same gum-coating hoppiness. Loved it. // Loved it even more now that I am ready for the grapefruit where I used to expect orange and pine.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops and hops, what a brew. Drank it at room temp and loved it. My only complaint was that I liked their regular IPA for mouth feel. It was more creamy. But what the hell, whats not to like with this one!
jaymobrown (1693) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops, hops everywhere there’s hops. While clean and crisp, it basically comes across as a one-trick beer. Enjoyable for those who like extra-bitter brews, and very interesting to try. However, searching for anything behind the original hops flavor would prove useless. Strong and dry, puckers the lips.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 This should the gold standard that an IPA is rated against. A lot of hops, not too complex, a very enjoyable brew. I only had one IPA I like as well(better), but I know thats a personal preference.