OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with jzzbassman - Thanks Monte! - Pours golden with a pretty nice white foamy head that stays well and laces pretty good too. Aroma is of pine and citrus. Flavor is mostly dominated by those same citrus and pine bitter hops but there is a little caramel flavor and a touch of bread that comes through in the flavor as well. Seems fairly unbalanced though on the hop side. I enjoyed it though.
Beaver (1457) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a golden orange with a soapy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is grassy hops, a little bready malt and quite a bit of DMS. Floral hops come out as it warms.
The flavor is fruity (melon) and toasted malts follwed by an earthy floral hoppiness. It has a big lingering bitter aftertaste. Skunky Canadian beer burps. It’s medium bodied and lightly carbonated, a little watery.
Overall, a pretty pedestrian IPA. It’s pretty unbalanced and just doesn’t do much for me.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 This used to be one of my favorite IPA’s. Then I started really getting into them, and after coming back to this one, I realize this stuff tastes like bile. Yes, that stomach acid sourness that you get when carsick. Say, from driving on the road that connects 101 and 1 through Mendocino County. North Coast has many good beers, but this, I now realize, is not one of them.
swebri (16) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2005
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very light amber color with a white head. Aroma hops are almost non exsistant. Bittering hops over power the fruity malt. Tastes more like a xtra bitter pale ale than an IPA.
Harmon (3) - Helena, Montana, USA - SEP 28, 2005 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly cloudy pale copper color. Minamal head. A nose with a slight amout of sourness. Taste is somewhat fruity but with a hint of a medicinal finish. Not a particulary good IPA.
thehinge (283) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Re-rate on this one. After having a few good ipa’s, this doesn’t stand up as well.
Malts are a little on the sour side....and it’s not that hoppy compared to most in the class. Aroma is grassy and a little skunky.
harmless (20) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber color with a smallish head. Hoppy aroma. It starts with a citrus flavor and has a bitter hoppy finish. There are better IPAs, but this is pretty good.
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sort of amber in color. had a very nice hoppy flavor to it but the finish was very bitter a little more than was expected.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Typical cloudy yellow ipa coloring. This beer has a somewhat spicy nose, a nice white head with some lacing. The flavor is citrus followed by a nice bitter finish.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a Anderson Valley clone....classic Cali IPA. Heavier on the malt front make’s it not so great of an example but good otherwise. The alcohol burn makes it inferior to others but this is still a decent example of a Cali IPA.