Original notes 08/16/05
Golden hazed pour with orange highlights, slightly lighter than I was expecting with a small head and some, but not a great deal, of lacing. What lacing is produced is sticky. Aroma is not the huge hop bomb that you may think, in fact it’s quite sweet.
A lot of bitterness in the large hop profile, but it’s perfectly balanced in the beer. One of the few examples of a very large beer that is wonderfully crafted with grace and skill.
A little bit of pine, a little bit of citrus, a little bit of oily hop presence are all there in the tastes, but they all mesh with one another perfectly; nothing is overpowering and they meld together to produce a richness and a drinkability seldom found in a beer with this kind of hop-profile and size. Sweetness comes through again, as does that distinct DFH character which for me at least, is some kind of unique hop and yeast combo – difficult to put my finger on it but definitely very obviously DFH.
Mouthfeel is close to perfect, with lots of tingling hop character, some dryness and a malt backbone completing the experience and holding up the hops nicely.
The 60, 90 and the 120 are an exceptional family of beers from this exceptional brewery.