robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown Gold Coloring with No Head. Light Hop Aroma, Carbonated Start...Wet and Dry Hops Following... With a Dry Hopped Ending. Good Initial Hit of Hops, Then Quietly Departs As You Reach Aftertaste. A Hop Passivistsí Kind of IPA.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color is a clear orangey amber with a very thin foamy off whitish top, no lacing is evident or carbonation bubbles.
Aroma is unlike any IPA I know of, it smells of a beer that isnít an IPA. No hop profile on the nose, mostly a husky grain with a toasty edge and thats only eveident upon very big wiffs.
Taste is quick, clean, and crisp, weakened front and middle with a meager carbonation. Finish is actually pretty good though, a nice toasty grain grabs and slight dry grassy-like hops build lightly, actually substantially compared to the rest of its character which ainít much. But I kept returning to drink it, due to the return of hops in the finish were nice to behold. Itís no bitter worthy giant or hop flood parade by any means. It just has enough lateness creeping in and lingering power to keep it from being completely wasted.
Feel is much like what the taste eludes to with a very weakened front and average to lower medium/light body, not thin, but empty to the point of the finish where it finally says hello. Very little carbonation. Reminds me more of some of the weaker English style IPAís with a tame grassy/toasty hop and plain bite. Definately drinkable but lacking any real depth or hop character that I tend to like.