BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle via DocLock, thanks!...Hazy coppery hue with a frothy but mostly fading head but still prodcued very nice lacing. The aroma has moderate pineapple and hop spice, toasted and bready malts, surprisingly floral and aromatic hop signature, and dusty and metallic esters (minimal phenols, yeah baby). Well balance with initial hop bite followed quickly by malty smoothness. Fruity, peppery, and bubblegum undertones adds depth of palate. A quick rush of bitters on the finish before slowly fading to a mild lingering fruity final. The feel is sticky and dense, with a bite upfront to keep you interested. The alcohol is mostly hidden except for some warming well after the swallowing. A fine beer and one I would easily drink again. Yummy!
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mein Got! Vhat ist ze hoppen into zis bier. Ze aroma ist Wunderbah unt ze tasten ist fruity mit not ze bitter ness. A vell balanced bier zis ist. Zo easy to trink unt yet ze alcohol ist zhere. Mein zon hates 2IPAís yet he be liken zis vun.
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2005 Total Score: 4
This is an incredibly fruity tasting beer caused by the flavoring hops. If anyone knows what hop they used in this beer, please let me know. It is so delicious. I donít taste 75 IBUís in this beer. I suspect a good portion of that was used for the flavoring and aroma. Yep, the alcohol is there, but is well controlled by the balance of this wonderful beer. This is going on my want list!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 This is a good IPA and I can appreciate the high abv and the fact that it comes in a sixer, albeit an expensive one, but it doesnít do much to pull away from the pack of great IPAís that are out there. I much prefer the DFH 90 minute in almost every sense. The body is fuller than most with a deep, murky orange color and not much head. The flavor comes at you in waves rather than all at once. Initially I got alcohol, then some real good malts, then hops, then alcohol on the way down, then bitter dry hop aftertaste. You know, itís a great beer just some seem more balanced. The malt presence was outstanding for this style but the hops fell short in comparison. Would drink again though and it gave me a helluva buzz.
Re-rate: Once my sixer was gone for a few days I found myself craving some more and now I reach for this more than any other IIPA.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sharp, grassy hops in the aroma, hints of orange, vanillla, malt. Flavor is mildly bitter, thick and chewy, with a bit of toasted malts and hints of alcohol.
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange/ Amber pour with a slight head that disappated quickly. A good overall hops smell, not too pungent. Malt smoothness with good hops spice. The alcohol was not really that noticeable untill the end. A drinkable double that Iím going to let age for awhile.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ the Brew Kettle Ogrefest served in a 10 oz snifter: Lasting off white head w/ a medium amber body. Lightly citrusy grapefruity and moderate caramel backbone balance the aroma well. Lightly toasty malt, medium fruitiness, mostly from the citrusy hops. Overall well balanced, toasty malt flavor w/ some caramel sweetness up front and citrusy hop flavor behind. The finish is semi dry w/ a resiny lightly bitter aftertaste. Fuller body, medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol, and a little bit of a dry astringent m/f. Not bad, but another run of the mill double IPA.
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
much thanks to doclock for this beer.poured a clear copper with a small head.the aroma contained grapefruit,hops,and some caramel.the flavor contains grapefruit,hops,candy,and caramel malts.honestly it tastes more like a grand cru or belgian strong ale than an i2pa.but still its very good.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange with brown tones. Has a warm malt character to the aroma that sits under a plesant hop character. Hops smell a bit sticky and not terribly strong. The lask of strength and hop character in the aroma is not an issue in the flavor. There is a sharp grapefruit hop flavor that fills most of the mouth. Itís bitter, but somwhat creamy. The creamyness seems to be a sweet malt that brings nice balance to the beer. Nice smooth finish with strong hop bitterness lingering and a bit of a sweetness. Thanks to DocLock
guzzler67 (1532) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper color with a small white head and good lacing. Piney hop aroma with some citrus. Nicely carbonated, medium-to-full bodied. Resinous, pine hop taste with some sweetness on the side of the tongue. Had this both on tap and in the bottle. Tap was smoother and seemed more balanced, but I preferred the hoppy blast from the bottle.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours dull golden, quite cloudy, large off-white foamy head, lovely lacing, with very light carbonation. † Wonderful nose, hop resin and a thick candyish like floral flavor. † Smells very fresh, and very tasty. † Flavor is quite sweet, fresh hops are present and not bitter at all. † Big bodied, slightly viscous mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment. † Finishes smooth, very smooth for a 10%+ beer. † Lingering floral and hop notes, a bit more assertive than in the front. † Still remains fairly sweet, slightly malty. † I like my IIPAs, and this is most definitely one of my favorites. † Smooth overall, wonderful aroma and flavor. † I need more of this! † Thanks goes out to TAR for this one!