jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz., delicious honey, floral hoppy, grapefruity aroma. Color is light yellow, not so great looking, head is meager. Body is very frothy in your mouth and hides any abrasive nature. As carbonation subsides, you find a slightly wet, medium body. First touch of the tongue reveals sweet honey. Tastes very much of grapefruit with some sourness accompanying the bitter finish. The bitterness has some mild off taste and sticks around a long time. Better off with lagunitas, dfh or hopdevil IPAs
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great hoppy beer. Hoppy and Malty. You can really smell the fruityness of the hops. It’s up there on the IPA list for me.
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from JB175; Nose of citrus and floral hops; copper-orange with a medium straw colored head; flavor showed lots of sweet caramel with some hop bitterness, well balanced, almost to much malt. This is an IPA I could drink all the time, you don’t notice the alcohol, but it is a little sweet for an IPA.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to adrian910ss poured a hazed orange with a nice cream colored head. Aroma was resinous pine and citrus hops with a good amount of caramel malt to back it up. Flavor was malty yet very bitter and hoppy at the same time. Such a good balance of sweet malts and hops made you want to keep comming back for more.
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Possibly the hoppiest beer I’ve had? Orange amber color and memorable pine nose. Hop heaven! Full flavored and balanced. Too bad it’s seasonal (Feb)as I’d like to try it again to put against some of my other favorites.
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn, just lot my rating! Anyways, this brew pours a very nice muddy orange amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is citrusy and sweet, with a piney and oily finish. Flavor is all High Alpha Acid hops with a noticeable malt backbone. Finish is bitter and the body is a bit oily. This brew is alright, but a bit too unbalanced.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly hazy copper pour with a firm off white head and thick ribbons of lacing. Brilliant piney, citrus aroma. Aggressive grapefruit and piney hops mostly balanced with a firm and rich malty backbone. Notes of pepper and burnt toast at the back of the tongue. Creamy texture and a sweet finish with a definate alcohol presence. The line between IPAs and 2IPAs is about as blurred as any line viewed after a few of these, but this really seems like a 2IPA to me. Regardless, its a good beer.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big fresh hop aroma. Mildly sweet, bit oily. Strong dark fruit and very rich hop flavors. Finishes without much bitterness, slight alcohol, and lingering dark fruit.
acearl (479) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 From memory, alright, copper color, fairly hoppy, decently nectory characteristic, not too bitter, a decent IPA but not great...Rerate from bottle and tap...tan creamy head, piney aroma, medium syrupy texture that slams against the biteness of the hops, keeps its underlying amber characteristics but more bitter and bold
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
After a few months of age, this poured a nice copper color with a thin, white, large bubbled-head. The aroma is pure hops, but they have some quality that muddles them and makes the aroma smooth and pleseant. The flavor is interesting. Sure, there’s the trademark grapefruit hoppiness with some very herbal, piney notes played against a sublty sweet malty background. Along with all of this, though is a very fleeting mint note that makes the whole flavor profile much more intriguing than your dime a dozen IPA. The alcohol is not strong and the whole, very balanced taste finishes nice and clean. Overall, it’s worth the wait for it’s once-a-year release.