bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2006
had a bottle of this around for quite sometime. had company in town came home after work to find them drinking it. thank the lord there was enough left for me to fill up half the snifter. asked our guest how he liked it and he said it was pretty "thick". nose of pungent alcohol doused hops and sweet , sweet fruit rolled up apples and apricots. flavor of thick sticky sugar and alcohol coat your palate with a medium bodied feel. way too sweet and overbearing. not enough hop flavor imo for the ipa category more of above the scale barley wine. reminded me almost of a brandy or liquor. would definately benefit for resting this one for a year or more. however, i couldnt believe it was 21% it tastes maybe 10-12. not what i expected from this beer. webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2006
I’d have to agree about the taste with other raters. It’s shockingly sweet, and wow, what a head. I had this, luckily, on tap at the Gaithersburgh Dogfish Head Draughthouse 4/7/2006. This is a beer that should be taken seriously and respected. It goes down smooth, and it’ll sneak up on your with the strength. I was hoping for more hoppiness, given the extent it was. In fact, the 60 and 90 definitely have it beat flavor-wise for hops. Almost chewy on the palate, and sweet odor, almost candied. Although most of th world will find this in a bottle, I highly recommend, if possible, to have it on tap, it’s something to behold and admire. It’s almost in a category on it’s own. mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
This is one of those beers that is really difficult to rate. It is done well, but it is still difficult to put down a whole bottle. As everyone says, it’s syrupy, sticky and sweet. The really strange thing is that the hops actually provide some balance. They give a bit of a pine flavor, but not much else. They hang in the background and keep the intense syrupy sweetness from actually becoming cloying. With so much of everything in here, nothing really stands out and impresses. The best thing I can say about this is how well the alcohol is hidden. There is pretty much no alcohol flavor at all. You can just feel it after you swallow. Now that I think about it, this would make a good dessert drink. It holds up with a port or grappa. Now that I look at it that way, I love it. Can we just add a liqeur category, because this is not an IIPA. biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2006
I do not know if you really cxan call this an IPA. There is no escaping the alcohol content. Wow! Sweet, syrupy, slightly medicinal tasting. Well worth a try. euserphriendly (168) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Honestly I don’t know how they can call this an IPA. Tastes like corn syrup. No hops smell or taste. Just sweet sugary taste and a blend of alcohol bite. Not enjoyable at all.
Fin (11052) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2006
Got from GBBF 2004 large bottle (shared with friends). Very orangey coloured beer, some citrusy notes are present. Incredibley warming and potent but definately very drinkable. Quite sweet a not as hoppy as I was expecting, but very enjoyable all the same. hotstuff (5279) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle brewed in 03. Small off-white fizzy head that mostly diminished with minimal lacing, transparent, minimal carbonation, and an orange hue. Nose was malty, caramel, sweet and mildly hoppy. Flavor was sweet, malty, caramel, not overly hoppy, and some subtle bitterness. Tingly palate. Medium body. Will seek out a more current bottle to see how it compares to the 03 as the hops were really subdued from what I was anticipating. thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle at Stuffed Sandwich, LA. Amber with a medium creamy white head. Moderate citrus hop aroma along with some fruitiness. Flavours are full of fruit. Quite sweet, a lot of alcohol, almost like a port, ending semi-dry. Alcohol is very warming and the carbonation is good. A knock-out beer which probably ages well, but is very enjoyable even young. drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Slightly cloudy dark orange body with a small white head. Aroma of candied citrus - orange, grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet with the same candied citrus flavor, but is not as balanced by the hops. The alcohol definately comes through. Palate is wonderfully smooth. jrob21 (3875) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Clear orange with white head that doesn’t quit. The 90 is still one of my favorites. This one is just not as balanced. All the sugar but none of the flavor. Caramel and orange aromas. Full malt taste. Big power but not a lot of taste.