skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Larry (goldtwins)
Poured a murky blonde/green, largely because I got the bottom of the bottle. The good news is that the hops and yeast were dancing and singing a swet song. The aroma is like herbal orange cookies, strange and buttery. The flavor- mmmm- pine and bubblegum - good combo! The finish even gave off a little ginger. Nothing offensive about the hop bill here - a pleasant surprise (I had no idea this was rated so highly)..
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 1/22/10: Draught at TJís: Aroma of hops, pine, and crystal malt. Poured amber/gold in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, crystal malt, and light citrus. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. 10.6%ABV us well hidden. 7/4/7/4/14 = 3.7
12/10/04: 12oz. bottle: Smelled of citrus. Medium to dark brown, murky color. Small white head. Good lacing. Tasted of fruits, like a pack of LifeSavers or something, but also bitter and malty. Too much malt flavor and not enough hoppy bitterness. Did not leave he high and dry. 7/3/6/4/15 = 3.5.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Great beer. The alcohol is so well hidden. Wow. The aroma is fantastic and the taste is like apricot and Graitfruit. Quite good indeed. I had a Westmalle Duppel before this. Nice combination. It is so easy to drink. Really great beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - thanks so much to slob!! Pours like nothing Iíve ever seen before - dark orange-amber and so hazy itís completely opaque even when held to light - almost like a burnt orange sherbert. Creamy tan head diminishes leisurely to a film of bubbles. Aroma is heavily hops - citrus, grapefruit and pine. Flavor is a big yum! This has a big hop blast, but also a caramel and citrusy sweetness from the generous malts. A biting finish gives way to a lingering grapefruit and turpentine (not in a bad way) aftertaste. Full, thick body and creamy carbonation. This is a solid and enjoyable DIPA.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark hazy orange ale, thin head and thin lace. Starts off with lots of juicy hops - melon and pine - long sweetbitter finish - none of the smoked, burnt roasted peaty malt that is in DFH 90. Knockout.
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Iíve heard and read great things about this Imperial IPA, so I am tasting it after drinking a DFH 90 Minute IPA and Victory Hop Wallop... This beer rocks!... Murky, amber ale with a small, quickly dissipating, white head. Sparce lacing. The aroma is very malty with tons of fruity esters. Peach/apricot, honeydew, pineapple, leather, toffee, cotton candy and a whisper of pine. The flavor is fruity and sweet up front, but after the hops kick in, the backside is all about pine and grass, although a trickle of melted caramel makes itís way through. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. A world class effort on the part of Stoudtís. Still, falls short of Hop Wallop and 90 Minute IPA IMHO.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber with a suddenly-developing two finger white head. Grassy hops dominate the aroma with the backing of some malts. Wow, incredibly balanced--perhaps the perfect amount of hoppiness. Flavor is more citrusy than I would expect from the aroma. Alcohol? Canít tell until it gets in your head. Excellent beer.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer... Lot of flavor balance and enough alcohol to keep my teeth showiní . by far my favorite from the stoutdts lineup!
sloth (2535) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large tan head, good retention and nice stringy lacing that stays through the entire trip. A nice deep copper color that i screwed up by letting the yeast get loose, oh well. Garooooovy large , hoppy, piney, resiny nose, damn! Full bodied brew, oily, slick. A massive dose of hops hits the palate, wow! Large fruityness, melons, grapefruit and substantial malts. Alcohol showing itself in the end adding a nice twist to the XL hop assault. Finish is medium sweet, resiny, juicy. A surprisingly left coast style DIPA brewed on the right coast in friggin Pennsyltucky! Very nice.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2005 Update: A third sixer of this left me disappointed. I am not sure if it was old (didnít taste as if it were), but the whole thing came across as cloyingly sweet and messy. Old: 4.2
Very complex hop flavor with lots of citrus and bits of herbs and pine. Big, sweet and juicy. Creamy full palate as well. A little more complex than DFH 90 and lot more citric. Great stuff.