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 showin’ . by far my favorite from the stoutdts lineup!
sloth (2443) - 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 (didn’t 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.
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 Excellent IPA !!! Coppery orange in color with a nice head. Aroma can be described as sweet citrusy with a hint of pineapple in it. Tatse is superb. Can detect grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, and dried sweet fruit in the taste. This gets the nod over dogfish head 90.
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours the dull orange of molten iron, murky with bottle yeast (and hop dust, judging by the dregs I sucked from the drained bottle), sporting a stubborn beige head. A riot of lush aromas assault the nose- grapefruit, pineapple, Pez, grape juice, strawberry, orangle blossom honey. Candylike sweet malt coats the tongue, redolent with dried dates, pinesap, habanero fruitiness; also suggestions of nuts, vanilla, cherry licorice, and toasted coconut. Smooooth alcohol flavor ... I was stunned to learn it’s over 10%! At a "mere" 75+ IBUs, it lacks the blistering bitterness flaunted by some other examples of this style. Lingering warm fuzzy afterglow reveals sappy, woody, citrus rind, and sea salt flavors. My glass is empty all too soon. An extremely well made, balanced, and approachable double IPA.
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Bottled 11-10-04, drinking this one on 11-30-04. Great big fluffy creamy head that laces like crazy. Hazy orange in color with a background of dark amber. Great sweet malt aroma with citrus hops (oranges and grapefruits mostly) Body is thick and sweet and flows wonderfully into a lemony hop flavor that then flows into a bitter earthy finish and coats the tongue and cheeks with great creamy consistency. Possibly a little too sweet, but that’s the only problem, if you want to call it a problem. This is a damned good beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. This will be an "ager". Yeasty orange, with a tannish head. Aroma is massively fruity, with the malt sweetness, hops, and yeastyness coming together nicely. Lots of fresh hops right now. Flavor is malty sweet, with a ton of flavor hops and some bitterness. Lots going on. Tastes almost barley-wine-like. Not for the unworthy, for certain. This is an aggressive beer.
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wonderful smelling brew: lotsa tropics in here- I swear I smell some pineapple along with the grapefruit/pine scents. Initial taste is outstanding... there’s much fruitiness in there, including that pineapple. However, it gets a bit too sweet... it masks the alcohol very well, but by doing so, it gets almost sickeningly sweet. Very tasty, but needs to be toned down a bit in the sweetness area.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice, but slightly cloudy, ruby color. aroma and flavor are really balanced but still has a nice hop blast. palate is really big and chewy. this is really good for a east coast IIPA.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Golden orange with a dense manila head. Lacing is very nice. This beer looks outstanding. Nice fruity aroma, pineapple being dominant some pine and citrus. Nice aroma. The flavor is huge also. Big hit of intensely bitter hops, malts are also huge and sustain the beer through to the end. Rich full body with alcohol towards the end. Much bigger than I expected. The huge alcohol content is shockingly well masked. One could get in to all kinds of trouble very quickly with this one. Color me very impressed. I had my doubts that this traditionally german brewer could pull this one off. Wow.