legion242 (2169) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of sweet, sweet, clean grapefruit- wonderful! First sip is tart, sweet grapefruit. Alcohol well hidden. A big, big beer.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 I think the best way to describe this wonderful brew is like the Alpha King kicked up a notch. The appearance is not quite as lovely as the Alpha. A fairly clear brownish gold with a large off white/tannish head and good lace. Nose is very similar to the Alpha, though with an even more pronounced citrus hop aroma. Very nice! The flavor is also just exquisite. For what is SURELY the beer I have most anticipated since becoming a "beer geek," I envisioned this one as being mostly what I would call a brew of simply overpowering hops. To be sure, the hops are FAR from understated...they are very pronounced, indeed! However, I was very pleased by the balance of the beer, the citrus flavors, and the deep finish that seems to last a decade. This is, truly, a superior brew, and certainly the king of IPAs.
Pyg (1) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good beer. I've had this three different ways: on tap at a beer fest, on a hand pull at a great beer bar, and finally in 650 mL bottles tonight. Great balance with sweet malty undertones. Strong citrus hop as well, but not too bad. Sometimes a little sweeter for an Imperial IPA than I might like (especially on hand pull) but still very above average. I guess there is more than corn in Indiana. Thanks Three Floyds!!!
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 Thanks to dsquire I received 22 oz in good shape. Apple blossom aroma rather than perfume of some 2X ipas, frutiness in taste. I still like the dry character of DFH 90 but this is definately right up there.
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Beautiful amber colour. Huge hop aroma along with grapefruit, pine, and just a hint of apricot. Flavour is very hoppy, citrusy, lots of grapefruit and a little bit sweet. Finishes with a very long grapefruit bitterness that last for what seems forever. I wish that I had more of this but alas, I only had one. Many, many thanks to my friend Jokes for this one.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 Amber color with a small but persistent white head. The aroma was, suprisingly enough to me, not all hops bitterness. There were some fantastic apricot and sweet malty tones along with a generous amount of citrusy hops bitterness. The flavor was even better...sweet apricot/peach, sugary, bitter citrus tones (grapefruit mostly) with a solid malt core. Rather thick feel...tingly, chewy, crisp feel...wet finish.
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:Big nose,fruity apricot,apple,with wet tea leaves. Nice orange color. Big malty hoppy flavor. Carmel,vanilla with grapefruit. Thick and creamy. A big time player in the monster IPA catagory. Thats the way(uh-huh uh-huh) I like it.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! The beer jumps up grabs my nose and stuffs hops in it. A beautiful looking beer with a lasting white head and great lacing. Hops, malt and grapefruit - oh my! Great tasting beer. I wish I had a case. Phenomenal.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crammed with hops and malt, this is a monster of a beer that retains a perfect balance. Huge maltiness fills the mouth with slick sweetness before the hops scrub it clean. Best example of flavor-hopping I can think of right now. Aroma is like hop-candy - sweet, piney, citrusy... Not hop-dominated like I expected. The balance is the key to this beer. To its credit, this IPA is less dominated by hops than a young Bigfoot. Uh, this is pretty good stuff.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a huges foamy white head that faded quickly and left just trace amounts of lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. A wonderful aroma of hops and pine that gently gives way to some sweetnesss. A flavor of hops, malt and citrus with a touch of pine. A heavier body than most IPAs and touch sweeter. Much more balances than many of the other IPAs that hit you over the head with the hops