rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Hops! not much more to say. the high alcohol gives a bit of an alcohol tatse, but it actually enhances the beer. Finally got my hands on some 120 Minute, so I cant wait to compare blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 The beer pours orangey-brown. Some might well call it copper, but it’s not as lustrous. We’re presented with a solid off-white head showing good size and retention and even leaving some lacing, which is always nice.
The first aromas are purely hop resins. I love this piney stuff, and it’s a pleasant surprise, since I know what’s coming next. When the resins recede, the citrus hops take over. Oranges and lemons fall from the sky. Alcoholic pepperiness is there, too, but no malt aromas at this point.
The beer is full-bodied with a bright acidity. It is not dry - there are some non-fruit sugars here. Don’t get me wrong. The beer is not sweet. There is a sturdy malt balance to all the hop power, but frankly it’s a little boring. Cereal and grain and, to be generous, cookies. Alcohol is overt and ever-present. The finish carries its slight burn and a pleasant bitterness.
As the experience goes on, I receive impressions of tobacco and raisins, There are glimpses of toasted grain, but by now the lemony citrus has completely taken over and is driving us home.
The hopheads will be quite happy with this one, but I would be a lot happier with some additional malt character. Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
The basis upon which all other IIPA’s were built. Better one’s have since been brewed, but this is one of the inspirations for many that have since passed it by. Wonderfully balanced malt and hop character. Smooth hop profile with no sharpness produced by their own patented style of adding hops. Missing the malt complexity of other IIPA’s, but still a good standby. Bajahobo (30) - USA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle. Transparent copper hue with an attractive white coating. Inviting (but not overbearing) floral grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and other citrus tones dominate the initial mouthful. This wasn’t nearly as hoppy as I expected it to be, and the finish is almost sugary. However, perhaps because of this this, DFH IIPA is an exceptionally smooth, unobtrusive IIPA - dangerously drinkable despite its ABV. nijuro (63) - USA - OCT 29, 2006
very hoppy and bitter, but I say that as a positive...amazing ale with nice citrus notes and a very very clean, crisp mouthfeel. Great IPA.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
On tap @ Barley’s Smokehouse: Clear copper color with a white head. Aroma, citrus floral and piney hops. Some light malts, caramel. Flavor, citrus, a nice malt backbone and some floral notes. I’ve had this so many times, and while it used to be one of my favorites, it just doesn’t stack up to some of the other IIPA’s out there. Still a good beer though. Lubiere (14131) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
An hazy golden ale with a thin lacing white head. A doughy malt with nice floral hops, not as strong as expected. In mouth, a refreshing mentolated hops with dry malt, earthy notes, piney, but not as resinous as I expected. Medium bodied, a bit underwhelmed. A sharp alcohol attack is noted in final. Bottle is one year old, from BOTW. shotgun1431 (138) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Golden with a white head. Fruity aroma. Flavor is stightly citrus and a little hoppy. Goes down smooth for 9%. Very good, I had to drive 300 miles to find it. CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Poured out of 12 oz bottle a medium Amber, smell of light hops and malt. Had a medium sized beige head that sparkled with delight. The first sip was of PURE heaven! Caramel, honey and citrus! Of extreme smoothness at the end that could make this a beermans essential brew. This is the absolutley finest pale ale I have ever experienced. This product puts the mega brewers of America to shame! The smoothness hides the alocohol which can sneak up on you, but is so pleasurable. This is a must stay in ones fridge. For those that have not had the priveledge to experience this beer, God bless you and may someone have mercy upon you to share in this wonderful liquid of Gods delight! jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Thanks Dennis! Pours amber with a thick beige frothy head, can smell the citrus as i’m sitting nearly 2 feet from the glass. NIce!! Floral, tangerine, toffee notes. First taste, delish, just the right amount of hops, and is nice and crisp. Good citrus flavors. Very well balanced DIPA, wish it was more widely available.