bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a deep cooper color with a light thin head. A flavorful IPA. davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Nice deep copper color, lots of carbonation, big thick white head. Aroma is earthy, hoppy and believe it or not a little malty. Flavor profile is nearly all hops, but not so overtly so as to be off putting. Malt makes a contribution too. Finish is dry and hoppy. As a previous rater said, there is hop bitterness AND hop flavor. After pouring the remaining part of the bottle with the yeast, it has a bigger depth in the taste. A big hoppy beer, but not crazy hoppy like the 90. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Had this on tap at Isaac Newton in Newtown PA. I have to rate this just a notch below the 90 minute IPA. The brew in cloudy yellow-orange in color with a decent head. The aroma is quite hoppy. The flavor is much more fruity than the 90 minute IPA, therefore, if you like fruity, ale like, IPA's this is for your. Fininish is quite nice with a well balanced level between malts and hops. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Hazy golden blonde yellow in color with a small fluffy tight off-white head that fades to a skim always present and minimal spotty lace. Smell is quite nice, grassy all the way, lots of freshness, grains, field grains and leaves, fresh cut hay, a touch highly sweet in some citrusy lemon peels with a lightly toasted bread like backing. Nice smellin' IPA. Taste is smooth and calm with a creamy start, gains a solid medium feel and bold filling hoppyness thats easily bittered up front and a bit juicy and pulpy. Hops are nicely blended in with mild grasses and bitterness, comes across fresh and lightly dried with very small hints of pine, soft earth, and citrus. Finish has alot of complexity with some hop resin bitterness and toasty maltedness, some of which really sticks around long after each sip becoming slightly drying. Nothing to strong mind you, all very mild and easy, but flavorful and enjoyable. Very nice feel, a nice crescendo of creamy to pulpy, to nearly full, to a nice easy fine finish with lingering bitter tones and a small dryness late. A nice IPA, one to keep around for a quick hop fix.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Dull, fairly hazy copper with a full tan head. Very flowery hop aroma, as well as some chalky yeast. The Ringwood notes seems to vary from batch to batch, and they’re quite faint in this bottle. The flavor has a decent amount of bitterness, as well as some flowery, citric hop flavor. The malt base is restrained, but firm with some bread and light caramel. Those characteristic, fruity Ringwood notes show up towards the finish, enhancing the complexity. Some pine and citric hops add length. Fantastic bottle-conditioned mouthfeel, with a creamy, rich body. Adding the yeast dregs at the end only improved upon it‘s great mouthfeel. Overall, a well-made IPA that thankfully doesn’t let their Ringwood yeast strain take over the flavor profile.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2003
The bottle conditioning gives this IPA not only a healthy hoppiness, but also a slight taste of the raw hops themselves. Don't let that put you off, though, it's not excessively hopped to the point of being undrinkable. Serious hopheads may consider one of Dogfish's stronger offerings, but the majority of drinkers may prefer this brew. Good for an IPA, not exceptional as such. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Hazy orange with a thick, lofty head that retained well ... and for some reason, it really caught my attention. Arousing nose. Thick, milkshake-like mouthfeel up front; carbonation creaped up right behind. Surprisingly nice malt base: chewy, cookie-like and honest. Hops were very juicy, floral and rounded: orange, pine, lemon and apricot. Heavy bitterness in the finish. Pleasing to drink. In a way, the hops seem to stand out much more than the 90 or 120. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
Presentation is a hazy amber close to golden, nice color, but the head won't last. The aroma is interesting, rather complex, a little woody with notes of cigars, sweat(!) and earthy hops. In mouth, the mouthfeel is excellent, very clean, smooth. The taste is geared toward flavorful hops, grassy, piney, earthy, orangey with smoky tones even. I found the hops attack to be somehow not sticked together with the rest, so I wouldn't boast the excellence of its balance. Nervertheless, this is very well done, a good definition of artistic bewing as a rather original and not typical IPA on the flavor department. Thanks Jazz BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Nice clean, hop aroma. Floral. opaque cidery color (perfect for this time of year). Well-balanced hop and malt quality on the tongue. Bitter to a strength. Very nice IPA. Dogbrick (13759) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Pours a light amber color with a medium off-white head. Fair lacing. Aroma of mellow hops and citrus. Medium-bodied and somewhat hoppy, but there really wasn't much else going on in the flavor. The aftertaste contains more of a hops bite than the beer provides initially. While pretty good I will go back to the higher-minute DFH beers.