BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2005
My roomate offered me one of these and just couldn’t turn it down. Dogfish head is picking up where american knowhow and inginuity left off, and NASA pissed down the toilet. This percepts an arrange of hops shoved into a bottle somehow capping a fresh toasty feel. I lovered it:) reedcd2 (47) - USA - DEC 1, 2005
I’ve been trying to get this beer for a few weeks and was then waiting for a good occasion to try it. Last day of classes seemed appropriate. Great hops and other notes in the aroma. Thin white head on a perfect tawny body. Little bubbles rising like a champagne. Smooth taste for the 9% ABV. Crisp and smooth hops in the taste. Head and shoulders about the 60 minute IPA. Certainly worth the wait and looking forward to more. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, DT HOU TX): Pours a brownish-reddish color. Foamy white head, big & lasting. Very hoppy, green, Very enticing. Malty sweet taste. Hoppy & bitter. Warming up...a little more smooth, but still malty. NachlamSie (3617) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 bottle. Pours a very rich dark gold with an appealing white head. The aroma is very robust with giant barley and nice spicy hops. The hops are ridiculous in the flavor, but countered so well with outrageous barley. Between these two warring aspects a little sweeter caramel and softer leafy notes make themselves known. As the beer warms, the bitterness becomes a little more evident, but is still evenly balanced by the bready barley. The 9% is completely hidden. This beer is just plain absurd and over the top. I like it.
bum76 (25) - port washington, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2005
[May 12, 2008]
On tap at Bier Garden: I really wanted to revisit this one because the last time I sampled it was next to Dreadnaught. hah. This didn’t hold a candle to that one, but that’s more of a testament to the power of Dreadnaught and not the weakness of 90 minute. The pour was very nice on this with a clear dark golden body and a tall, dense white head. The aroma proved ballsy this time with loads of cutting grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is nice on this, just dense enough to carry the sweet, clean caramel flavor and the stinging hop blast. Really this is a solid, highly recommendable IIPA.
the best beer on the market right now in my opinion great with or without food and drinkable enough to drink a four pack.
larsga (7690) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2005
First rating (2005): Creamy, offwhite medium head, clear orange body. Light aroma of citrusy hops with hints of pine needles. Deep firm taste of hops (citrusy, pine-like, some resin) and sweet caramel malts. Long, lingering aftertaste of hops. Broad, firm body, oily mouthfeel. Hard to separate out all the tastes here. Excellent IPA! Low on aroma, but high on taste. 7,4,8,4,17=4.0
Second rating (2015): Huge offwhite head. Clear deep yellow body. Grainy toffee and straw
aroma with raisiny syrupy notes. Sweet raisiny toffee and straw taste
with cake and spice notes. Full-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth
mouthfeel. Dryish syrupy strawy aftertaste with raisiny toffee notes.
Lovely, drinkable, and full of flavour. Must be pretty old, so that
mostly the malt character survives. (0.355l bottle, from Kihoskh,
355 ml bottle. Too sweet. There’s quite a bit of hops in here, but they’re quite far from balancing the hops. I would have thought that there would be more bitterness from the hops, but not so. Disappointing. MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2005
A very nice smell but a tiny bit too strong for my tastes. It frightens me to think there’s a 120 minute HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Very nice appearance, clear and
copper. Pours with a nice head.
Very complex aroma, tastes fairly sweet, but leaves hoppy bitterness on the palate. Completely lacks the floweriness of other Double IPAs. Very nice. You cannot tell the alcohol either. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Rerate. Holy crap, I should say this needs rerated. 12oz bottle on 12/28/07. Clear orange amber with a small light beige head, fair retention. Hops in the aroma consist of spicy pine, floral, and a little bit of grapefruit rinds. It kinda has the same nose as a NG Hop Hearty in that the hops seem like their slightly stale, though freshness isn’t the issue since it’s less than two months old. Caramel malts back it all up with some spicy alcohol. Flavor improves a bit with a little more grapefruit rind notes and an overall fresher taste. The malts do add a bit of a concentrated fruit sugar (raisin) that helps with the caramel to bring it into somewhat of a balance from the hops. Dry finish with the alcohol covered better than I had expected. Bitterness peaks around a 4-5. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. This is probably one of the easier drinking DIPAs as far as balance is concerned. Old ratingbottle. pours a nice copper colo with average-sized off-white diminishing head, smells of floral and citrus hops with a little caramel. Well carbonated, nice and bitter. Finish of a little warming alcohol-though not too strong. Good lacing throughout. 8-5-8-4-17--4.2