Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice amber with creamy white head.Sweet malt with citrus and hops evident.Well balanced with ample maltiness and hops. milewide (2304) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 A "drinkable" double IPA that is properly balanced. However, seems to have less aroma and hop aftertaste than some of the best IPAs like Bells Two Hearted, Victory Hop Devil or Founders Centennial. A bit too malt sweet v hop bitter.
Bottom line: "Balanced" at the expense of bitter aftertaste. boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2006
This wins on aroma alone. I could live off the smell of this beer-- citrusy, sweet, floral, maybe a little grassy. Generous, quickly-dissipating white head on top of a crystal clear copper beer. Carbonation is spot on-- enough to give it life, but toned down enough to reveal the nuances. Big malty flavor, big hop flavor, but not overly complex-- this is an IPA after all, a beer for drinking. This fits right in between Dogfish Head’s 60 and 90 minute IPAs; bolder than the 60 minute, but easy enough on you that you can drink it during the week. Every time I drink it, I vividly remember the first time I tried it. The mark of a classic, no doubt about it. Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 The pour is very pale yet settles in the glass a clean, clear amber with apparent carbonation. Big fluffy white head like egg whipped egg whites. I am a great lover of the IPA’s and this Imperial Double is one of my favorites. Great beer from start to finish. Very strong hops presence in the aroma, a bit weed-like, musky. Feels thick, heavy with a syrup-y citrus flavor. Like chewing hops. Finishes a bit on the dry side. 2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2006
A beauty with outstanding clarity & light orange apricot color, very low head retention yet still young (6 weeks from bottling date on bottle neck).
Bold, deep malt character balanced with a nice piney citurs burst of flavour. Aroma inviting but not overpowering but lasts with each sip.
This is in my opinion the finest, most consistant commercially widely distributed American Imperial IPA available. Would highly recommend to all you Hop Heads out there willing to plunk down nine bucks for a 4-pk.
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Strangely the musty aroma is not stronger in this flavorful beer. Pours in to the glass with a minimal head. Amber orange in color with carbonated bubble production on the bottom of the glass. The aroma hits your mouth before the beer. Full rich IPA bitters with out the bite. Nice warm mouth feel. Has an almost syrupy mouth feel to it. This beer is close in taste and presentation to Dogfish Head’s 60-Minute IPA. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Aroma of light grassy hops, with strong floral overtones and some orangeblossom, over a malty caramel base. A crystal clear light amber color, with a medium-sized cream colored head that reduces but lasts. Flavor is sweet but not cloying, and bitter but not overwhelming; superbly balanced. Palate is thick and syrupy and alcohol remains well hidden. Overall, this beer was a very pleasant suprise, and one that is greater than the sum of its parts. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Pours a dark carmel with a small cream colored head. floral, hop, and citrus aromas. Very well balanced with a lot of malt to counteract all those hops. A thick syruppy mouthful with a touch of alcohol and spice coming through in the end. An amazing iipa. chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 You can achieve this expensive brew by getting a Dogfish 60 minute IPA (which is a nice drink) and sticking 2 cubes of sugar in it and letting it sit for an hour or two so it starts to go flat. Sweetness and flatness are the last thing I want in an IPA. The nose is nice WARNING: Do not grab this as a thirst quencher while mowing the lawn. POST NOTE: I tried one of these ice cold and it thought it much better since the chill seems to tap down the sweetness. jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Great, great, great! Beautiful hoppy aroma without all the sweetnes that I have experienced from many of the DFH Imperial/Special brews. Plenty of citrus notes in both aroma and on the tounge!