iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2006 <!-- i -->Bottled on 03/30/06<!-- /i -->. Aroma of piney hops as soon as I cracked the bottle, but after it poured a slightly hazy copper with a small off-white head, the hop aroma was a little more subdued. Aroma was more grapefruity and resiny hops, carmelized sugar, toffee malts--and of course, alcohol. Very very sweet beer--not near as bitter as I expected. Taste of whole hops throughout, and very brown sugary molasses sweet. It never gets very bitter at all. I’ve had APA’s more bitter than this. Considering the 21%ABV, it is covered up quite well. Mild carbonation, very syrupy. Good, but you can only take them one at a time. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 (bottled 3/30/06, aged in a cool fridge): Pours a light red body, clear, small white head. Dark fruit plummy aroma, sweet, some alcohol, no hops whatsoever. Strong sweet flavor, some flavors like roasted, dark fruit. Almost woodsy. Some alcohol. (bottled 5/10/07, aged in a cool fridge) Pours a darker red color, white head, small & not lasting. Very hoppy aroma, bitter. Very hoppy taste, non-sweet grapefruit aftertaste. Some alcohol, some dark fruit. More balanced. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 11, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 Now here was a strange beer. Nice hoppy, floral aroma right? Im thinking that this is going to be heaven. The flavor was like..some huge sweetness? I dont even know how to explain it. Maybe it was overhopped, I dunno. The alcohol was was very noticeable. Overall, I feel like it has a lot of unbalance. I love IPA’s, i really do. This is unlike any beer ive ever known, let alone the style. Can you say drainpour. TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Pours thinck brown with thin bubbly head. Aroma is spicy floral hops and citrus with hint of alcohol. Mouth is syrupy and sticky. Flavor is potent malt and hops with evident alcohol. This beer may get better with time. kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 7, 2006
This beer was just too much, way too rich (guess it’s hard not to be at 21ABV). This is much too malty for an IPA, in my opinion. Smells of sweet malt extract and some floral hops shine through. Tastes very syrupy and has a decent hop finish, but not as strong as you’d expect. The 90 minute is a MUCH better beer.
Arayaga2 (2221) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Deep reddish golden color with faint white head.Aroma is sweet and mildly spicy (probably the alcohol). First sip is almost cloyingly syrup sweet with an alcohol finish that toasts your nostrils as you exhale. $9/12oz MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Pours a clear golden copper with a fluffy white heat. Instant aroma of hops citrus and grass, backed up by huge alcohol heat. Flavor is sweet sweet sweet with that alcohol burn at the end.. I had one a few years back and I am amazed that the consistency is right on... dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2006
This beer pours a dirty amber color with a small tan head. Upon first smell, it is very light and sweet, but as soon as you take a sip.... WOW this is a very sweet VERY sweet beer. Sweet and hoppy is a very strange combination to me! This is an outstanding beer! I think I like the 90 better than this. I will try and cellar the other one I bought! Cheers! GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Pours the same amber honey color as the 90 with the same shallow froth and ample effers. The aroma is similar also with the soft citrus rind. The aroma is actually misleading. You think it’s gonna be clean. crisp and on the light side, but on the contrary it’s the exact opposite. This brew is sweet, viscous, and sticky like cotton candy. Dangerously hidden in the wheel well is 21 guage, double barrel ABV that’ll stop an elephant. This babe don’t mess around. The complex flavor profile consists of honey, caramel, orange citrus, peach, apricot, vanilla, cherry caugh drop. Reminds me of Teryaki beef jerkey with an asprin burn on the tongue at the finish. Somewhat Like the chipotle pepper, the asprin shows up later yet continues to burn for sometime. It’s sweet with a steaky earthiness up front but as the nectar warms the steakiness softens, then the sweetness overpowers evrything but the asprin finish. Very well refined like all Dogfish brews, in my opinion. If you like this you gotta try J.W. Lees Harvest Lagavulin cask. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 30, 2006
Aroma was pure rubbing alcohol, and sweet grapefruit. Flavor was much milder than expected. Tasted malty and sweet. Good in small amounts, definitely one to share.