Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from bottle. Acme pours clear orange-gold with a creamy, light-tan head and notable lacing. Aroma is floral/grapefruit citrus hops and hard candy. Flavor is nicely bitter with piney/citrus hops, toasted, bready malt and a bit of plum. Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation. Bitterness lingers. This is a new beer for Oklahoma, and while it’s a far cry from what I’d consider a ’great IPA’, I’m happy to have it in the rotation. It’s worth a try.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - big floral hop nose, some grassy hops as well. It subsides as the head dies down. That head is white. It sits atop a dark straw colored body. I’m surprised by the flavor. A mellow hop flavor that gently yields to the sweet malt backbone. Very soft palate. Would love to try this one on cask!
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a lot of aroma for the style, but what is there has a pleasnt new mown hay aroma. Very light color, absolutely clear with a compact head and decent lacing.
Flavor did not really have enough of a hoppy body, with a slight astringent quality.
Decent but not great IPA.
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is great! I absolutely love Old Rasputiin Inperial Stout from North Coast, and this is on par with that offering as an IPA. I think North Coast might be my favorite American brewery. Too bad I can only pick up Red Seal Ale regularly in my neighborhood.
Dorwart (2402) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large white frothy head. Pretty good duration. Light carbonation. Light floral hoppy aroma with a hint of lime. Color is a medium gold. Primarily floral and lime in the flavor with a bit of biscuity malt. Finish is sort of fruity with a light hop bitterness. Ok but nothing special.
Maddog (407) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was quite disappointed in this brew, considering it is an IPA from a very respected brewer. It has decent bittering hops, however, it just falls off the cliff from there. There is not a flavor hop presence nor an aroma hop presence to speak of. This IPA lacks any flavor distinctions whether that be hoppy or malty. It would even fall short in a Pale Ale category. Very thin in body.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Great look: thick lacing, lasting moderate foamy head, hazy apricot body....simple, refreshing orangy-apricot nose, touch acerbic but mostly sweet...body fairly low in the bitterness, sweet and fruity, rather syrupy, moderate caramelly malts...drinkable but quite ordinary.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, Happy Deli, NYC. More like a placeholder IPA than anything else, and verging into the syrupy. Hrm.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2005
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a hazy copper. Uneven head that lasted along with good lacing. There is only a hint of a hop aroma. Flavor consists of bitter hops and alcohol. Not too complex. Leaves a dry, crisp mouthfeel with high carbonation. Not as flavorful as many IPA’s I’ve had. On the weak side, bodywise. If you like hoppy ales, this one is worth a try.
pinkzambia (1540) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: I enjoyed this IPA. It poured a beautiful, frothy, white head with thick & chunky lacing. It displayed a clear gold color. The hops were grapefruit hints as you would expect with little malts. Others notes in the aftertaste were grass/hay. It sticks around for a while and has a great feel in the mouth. Does well in its category.