chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2003
Just like Wiseguy572 noted - this one isn't done fermenting yet and will change by the intended bottle date of late April. Other than that, it's probably going to be another masterpiece worthy of being the 'sequel' to the 90 minute IPA. Worth a trip down to Dogfish Head in May for sure! WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2003 I had this at the first public tasting, at a Michael Jackson beer event in Philadelphia on March 22. Beer had not been filtered and had not finished fermenting, so it was over-the-top yeasty, with strong sugar taste from unfermented residual sugar. Sam the brew master described it as "shock and awe" and, indeed, a 20% ABV IPA has some elements of both. I would describe the beer as too sweet, too strong, too hoppy, and too yeasty — in other words, just about perfect. A lot like a sweet cloudy yeasty silver desert sake, but with lots of hops. I loved it but will need to rerate it when it is finished, fined, and released. Will be available in big corked bottles. gotta have it. // I got a case of the bottles and opened one last night. Alcohol and bubblegum and sugar. Everything else ... including the enormous effort at hoppiness ... disappears under the taste of cough syrup. Does not even have the figgy fruitiness of Old School. How did fining it up for the bottle eliminate so much wonderful complexity? I'll try it again in three or four months.