argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(draft): Cloudy golden with small white head. Aroma is grapefruit nirvana, with pine around the edges. Taste is intense grapefruit, medium sweet, really yummy. Medium body.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RateBeer Summer 2003: Huge grapefruit attack. Smells like raw hop juice. Clear orange color with a decent head. Very bitter from start to finish. Leaves a thick coating on the tongue. This beer will make the inside of your mouth sweat.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had from bottle on June 30th, 2003 - Start of the Beer a Day Marathon
I had originall planned to have a new beer every day for a month starting July 1st, but couldn't keep this fine brew in the fridge any longer. The beer poured with a crisp, clear amber coloring with a thick head that lasted a few minutes, but mostly diminished. A very strong flavored IPA, this beer has tons o' hops with a very sweet, malty aroma.
The aftertaste of this beer was slightly sweet with a certain fruitiness that lingered for a while. The beer itself is a great example of what an IPA should be with a powerful nose and a complex flavor. Not too easy to drink, but definitely not harsh - this beer is to be experienced slowly...kudos to the folks at Three Floyds! My first, but hopefully not my last from this brewery.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy with a nice amber color. Malt aroma.Fruity flavor with a solid hops presence. Citrus taste is of sweet grapefruit which mixes well with the hoppy feel. Finishes long and well balanced. A awesome IPA.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice amber color,small white head that had only a slight amount of staying power.Mild malt aroma that gets over taken by a huge hop presence and a fruity hiint to it mostly grapefruit.Very hoppy taste with a mild sweetness and a definate grapfruit hit,the after taste was citrusy with a stong hop bitterness that lasts a long time.This is one hell of a good brew,and i'm not even a decent hop head so i'm not worthy of this stuff but i can say this is definately a brew to seek out and thankfully i managed to get one from Jpdipso.Thanks for the experience.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bomber pours cloudy bright copper-orange color with a creamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lace in my glass. Sharp hoppy aroma of citrus and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors coats the tongue, finishes sticky and bitter yet has good malt balance, has a full thick syrupy mouthfeel, IMO a great Imperial IPA.
legion242 (2192) - 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
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 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.
RE-RATE: Itís been forever and a day since Iíve had one of these and Iím happy to come back to an old love and find it just as wonderful. I felt my old rating was too generous on the nose (itís not "big" enough for perfect marks), but too tough on the flavor (itís hops, citrus, balanced, and subtle...subtlety alone is an incredible feat in an IIPA). But, overall, the rating stays roughly where it was. Still the best IPA style around, in my book.
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.