kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2005
pours a dark copper color. hello hops. this is wonderful. i got no head when i poured this and very no lacing. has a malty citrusy hoppy smell. taste is hops and malt lightly sweet. truly an awsome beer will have to taste next to bell two hearted ale. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2005
Pleasant,distinct but not bold aroma, a quickblast of nicely blended malt hop that drys out very fast on the palate. This taste becomes sweeter as it warms,but the hop aftertaste was a little strange,oily and yeasty, good stuff, but Dogfishead, Three Floyds, Stone and Alesmith have better aftertastes jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2005
Dark toffee orange/brown colored body. Huge, thick luscious head with a tan tint. Wow the flavor is so perfect. Has a hardy aggressive hop flavor but is so well balance by sweet malts. The heavy body adds a creaminess to the flavor and the bitter sweet flavor holds on to your mouth long after you swallow. Aroma of sweet malts and apricotes. Has a netty lacing effect. OldRuffian (3) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
This is exactly what I want in a double IPA. The bitterness is off the chain, but balanced well by the maltiness that I think is essential for a good, complex IPA. I’ve never had a better double IPA, though I’ve yet to try that Dogfish 120. the 90 was only exceptional, not perfect. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2005
Pours a clear amber with a thick tan head. Aroma is pungent with piney, peppery hops, some sweet amltiness as well. Wow, this is how you do a I2PA! This is a true hop monster, unlike so many I’ve had that have fallen short. Pineyness out the ying-yang, lots of grapefruit and pepper punishing my tongue for daring to take a swig. After the initial hops assault comes the malt ass-kicking, leading into a mouth-puckering dry finish. Like getting flogged with a hop vine. Great stuff!
xdream (16) - Madison, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2005
Awesome! My girlfirend and I split a 22 ounce bomber on a Monday night. It may not have been the wisest thing to do on a work night, but it sure provided for a freaky night in the bed room. If you’re a hop head you have to try this beer. bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2005
Reddish amber with a large head. Huge citrus hop aroma and taste. medium bodied and slightly sticky with a nice malt backbone balancing the hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. A well done IIPA. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2005
Pours amber with a nice diminishing head. Smells of oranges. pepper and perfume. Taste is citrussy with a bitter finish. nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2005
22 oz bomber. Pours clear, orange/amber color. Big, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lacing. Aroma of hops and citrus (grapefruit). Full hoppy, but clean, taste, with bitter finish. High abv is barely tasted, but you sure can feel it after one of these bottles! In sum, this is not a complex beer - just a clean blast of deliciously pure hoppiness! FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Thanks to Springslicker for the bottle. Pours a tarnished orange amber color. Huge fluffy head, nice linger. Pleasant hoppy and biscuity aroma, rather citrusy and somewhat floral. Well balanced mouthfeel, malty fullness checked by the astringency of hops. Citrusy hop nose quickly gives way to a rather sweet malt character. Hops again frame the finish with the aromatic floral compounds returning with a lasting bitterness. Alcohol warmth not immediately evident, lingering tinges though in the finish. My first DIPA not brewed in a West coast style. As such, it was a surprise to my palate.