TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pours dark golden with a big fluffy white head that is fully retained. Aroma is nicely IPAish with prominany though not huge hop aroma that is a little grapefruity but mostly piney. Flavor is an essay in hops. Flavor is initially hoppy bitter then the finish kicks the hop bitterness into the stratosphere with a massive burst of what could pass for grapefruit juice. In my opinion this should be required rating for all certified hop heads.
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Lightly hazy, orange ale. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Zap! Gone in a flash, but leaves sporadic, gluey lacing. The nose is so complex, so rich, so earthy, so biting. The peppery hop mist rising from the beer gets in my eyes and makes them water. Spicy, floral and citrusy nose with notes of sweat, leather, habenero and citrus fruit.
Lots of caramel and fresh, juicy hops.
Flavorful and spicy hot with a blast of bitter grapefruit rind. Full-bodied with a heavy, creamy, then resiny mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, astringent finish. I really dig this one. Thanks to egajdzis for the bottle. World class brew!
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Yes! Beautiful orange to golden color, thick foamy white head. Looks great. Nose sings of sweet malt and hops. Taste is bitter, then malty, then dry and hot, then bitter again, with a long bitter finish. As I’ve said of their Hop Devil, "Balance? We don’t need no stinken balance!" This one is even better, better mouth feel, better hoppy finish. Maybe, just maybe, it comes close to too much. But it’s great, and would stand up to a pizza like bacon and hash browns meeting an egg! // OK, I keep coming back to this one. To me it’s just what an American ale should be. // OK ... this one is not an entirely fair comparison but I had it cask conditioned at the brewery today. Cask stuff at Victory is usually magnificent and this was no exception. A dense tight foam, great lacing, great mouth feel. Usual great slam of bitter grapefruit and menthol. This was wonderful.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich golden color with a creamy style head, but the taste is what makes you sit back and say yum. Very strong bubbly like with a slight bitter ending. I would defiently drink this beer again!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear orange body topped by a nice frothy white head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. A mighty fine looking beer in the glass. Huge grapefruit hop aroma. Flavor is a tad more piney, but still tons of grapefruit. There is not much malt balance in the flavor, but the malt is there becuase the body is medium full. Very bitter aftertaste. Overall a good example of the style but not outstanding. Thanks a bunch to The_Beer_God for bringing this one to me.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Hazy and orangey-golden with a frothy-white head that seemed to recharge easily with just a little swirl. Lively carbonation and a sharp mouthfeel. Electric hops; flowery, spicy, and a little "hot." Sweet malt base was almost enough to balance out the plant-like bitterness, but it seemed to be lacking in depth and complexity. While it did offer a wallop of hops, the beer left me somewhat yearning for more (depth/personality), especially in the malt department. First few gulps were nice, but overall it was underwhelming.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a cool ass looking santa guy on the label. A deep clear golden color with minimal white head. Has a big powerful odor stank to it and some hops in there. Basically the body is also the same, just mildly hoppy, but thats still fairly solid. Quite smooth.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/8/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with gfb108 on RateBeer 1/7/04. Pours a pale golden, lightly hazy. Medium white head with mediocre lacing. Very viscous appearance to this beer as it pours and even as it sits in the glass-- the carbonation bubbles rise pretty slowly to the surface. Aroma is not that strong or spectacular, little bit sweet of honey-hops, some pine and citrus, and a sort of butteriness that reminds me of a Belgian. Flavor is very sharply bitter, a taste of piney hops with a touch of bubblegum and some pale malt. Creamy, full body, glowing in the mouth with effervescence. Sharp, dirty bitter and peppery finish, quite long and semi-sweet with mouth-wateringly strong, almost torturous grassy flavor. Almost too one-dimensional, but I quite like the uniqueness of the grass.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a thick, puffy, and well-lacing white head. Very fresh floral hoppy aroma with some underlying caramel malt. Body has a good semi-syrupy thickness and a finely interlaced carbonation. Pleasant mild caramel sweetness topped by a tremendous amount of resiny hops. Kinda reminds me of Stone 7th, but not as dry. Finishes semi-sweet and bitter, but hides the alcohol masterfully. Doesn't really have the sweetness required to be a double IPA in my mind, but still an enjoyable brew. Hop-heads' delight. Thanks to slob for hooking me up.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa! Can you say hops? I had this on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA. More hops than DFH's 90 minute - but almost no malts for balance. Robust with tastes of orange peel, pine and grapefruit. Very enjoyable but you only need a couple.