Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Cloudy peach color. Fruity, fresh hops aromas. Rich, sweet flavors of malt have a fruit cake quality that couples well with some earthy hop notes. Tons of floral hops in the aftertaste but not enough to be annoyingly bitter. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Pours light gold, with a strong head. Aroma is hops, with pine the predominate aroma. Very bitter, with a medium body. tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Nice orangey color with a big white head and good lacing. Very sweet,malty and hoppy, but also smooth going down. The hops have a good taste but the bitterness is very subtle. Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
I was really pleased with how balanced and easy this beer is. I have heard a lot of back and forth about how big the DFH beers are and to be honest I procrastinated going here for a while. As it happened this became part of a trade and a perfect time to give it a shot. I am glad I did.
Appearance: Pours a clear light orange with a creamy off white head and stays frothy the entire duration of the beer. Significant lacing.
Smell: The smell is a lot sweeter than I expected. Amazingly pleasant sweet malt and hop balance in the nose. There is the green attribute in the aroma but I did not find it to be overly pine and grassy it was subdued. Nestled comfortably in a bed of sweet citrusy sugar and caramelized malts. Somewhat earthy. Very nice!
Taste: Like the smell I was pleased to find this beer to be so approachable. There is definitely the green hop attribute but it is not cloyingly piney. It is infact rather sweet as well. There is a bit of bread fruit and yeast that all blend together with the green hop flavor and make a very pleasing gentle bouquet of a flavor that fill the taste buds but does not overwhelm them. Excellent! The aftertaste comes in about three separate waves. First dry then bitter then sweet, very interesting.
Mouthfeel: I couldn’t ask for more. It is a full mouthfeel that is very smooth and a bit chewy and yet the hops keep it feeling crisp.
Drinkability: Very drinkable! It goes down easy and maintains its level of appeal to the very end. What an enjoyable beer. I got one in a trade and I think I will seek out more in the future.
Hope this is helpful.
Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers! pintbypint (3831) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
12 fl. oz brown bottle. Hazy deep gold colour, lasting pillowy white head leaves nice lacing. Fruity, citrusy, pine aromas. Malty with plenty of hop flavour and bitterness. Lasting herbal, earthy and cirtusy bitter finish. Lighter body and active carbonation, though this bottle was not bottle conditioned. Quite quaffable.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JUL 31, 2006
A pleasant IPA. Pours amber with a decent off-white head. It is fairly hoppy, with strong malt notes throughout. A bit too sweet for my palate, and while decent, not extraordinary. Thanks James Maley for bringing this to Panama. bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Pours light amber in the glass, with a nice sticky head and lacing. The nose is hoppy, with pine notes as the bouquet opens. There is a nutty, coffee, sweet malt flavor upfront.... different than traditional IPA’s. More coffee notes in the mid-palate, and a lightly-dry hopped roasted finish. The mouthfeel is a medium round nutty cream palate, again different than traditional offerings. This is good, really, but not completely indicative of style. MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 A halfway decent IPA but from my experience it’s not Dogfish’s best attempt. Not hoppy enough for an IPA and a little sweet. The bitterness and dry finish went well, but the finish had a flavor of grapes in it..... overall not bad though. RockClimbing (1) - USA - JUL 26, 2006 does not count
This is absolutely everthing an IPA should be. Nice bitterness, hint of sweetness, perfectly balanced. Clean finish. Leaves you ready for the next sip. The best IPA I have found. Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2006
12 fl oz bottle. Glowing clear golden. Average white head. Grainy apricoty and lightly hopped aroma. Feels a little on the sweet side, but much less than its stronger sisters. Mouthfeel is carbonated and very bitter and surprisingly thin. Hopping is more monotonous and more clearly bitter than in the 90 and the 120. Feels a little thin and dry. Finishes with a grainy and bitter aftertaste. Sharp bitterness. Some residual sugars, but those are nicely held by the hops.