blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very dark orange, almost red. Very liight aroma with just the lightest touch of hops. However the flavor was just full on hops. A decent balance kept it from being too over the top. But still nice and hoppy
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured beautiful amber copper color with a nice tan head...smell is hops...grapefruit and pine...delicious...beautiful mouthfeel and balance...sweet delicicate with a nice warm finish...10.6% I just donít believe...thank you richlikebeer!!!!!!
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this beer in two forms at the brewery--tap and cask. The casked version is a clear amber in color--much less orange than the one on tap. The head is thin and bubbly, much looser than the head of the tapped IPA. The aroma is alcoholic and citrust--in the tapped version, the alcohol is masked better, in the aroma and the flavor. Both flavors contained floral notes. Both versions are good, but the tapped version is much more drinkable.
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold/orange color, with a quickly disappearing white head. Aromas are hops, grapefruit, pine, and some malt.
Taste is sweet malt, grapefruit and has a crwamy mouthfeel. Very nice...
hboldrick (2) - USA - MAR 9, 2005 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
For a double IPA, I found this beer to be very lacking in hops. My first impression was of sweetness -- too much malt I guess. The malts overpower the hops in my opinion. The flavor is pleasing nevertheless -- more lika a Belgian than a double IPA. I love the color -- deep amber like grade B maple syryp.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy crap...this is beer. Perhaps one of the most flavorful beers iíve ever had. Creamy/frothy head with mild lacing. Body very murky, with obvious suspended particles. Smells very intriguing, notable yeast. Very thick. Big, big big time hops with a very long and delicious finish. A truly spectacular beer that is, of course, very highly recommended.
BBB63 (6502) - 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 (305) - 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.