guzzler67 (1596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, pale amber appearance with a small head. Resinous hop aroma with an earthiness that developes a little late. Good hop character in the taste with a citrus fruit flavor. Well carbonated with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Dry, long lasting finish.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color, solid white head. Light malty aroma. Taste is lightly hoppy, but an off bitter with metallic hints. Unbalanced. Drinkable but not that good.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy drawn butter yellow under a fairly thick off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma was pretty faint but there was some fruity sweetness there. The flavor reminded me of mineral water with hops. I got the impression that this was beer that didn’t exactly know what it wanted to be. Was it a west coast pale ale or an IPA?? That question was never answered consistently and either way, it wouldn’t have been a good representation of either style. Finish was dry and slightly bitter. Overall, I wasn’t happy with this IPA but I’ve had worse.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice beer, Quite abit hoppy, but fruit remains the flavor on my tongue. I could drink it quite often, especially if Trader joes keeps offering it as a single. Good brew.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
beer pours a chill-hazed pale goldish/amber. nose is fruity and hoppy, with pine and citrus overtones. not the world’s most assertive IPA nose, but serviceable. flavor is reasonably hoppy, with the malt providing a solid presence. finish is reasonably bitter, although with a somewhat lingering aspect. a pretty good beer, and a very good deal.
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a solid beer - very good head and aroma. Decent lacing, good flavor and overall appearance. Not an especially hoppy pale ale, but definitely worth having more than one. Eclectic bottle design and labels are also appealing.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a goldish orange with a thin off white head. Has aroma of hops and fruit. Tastes of hops and citrus.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Musty clouded peachy yellow color, steady bubbles within, a very appetizing appearance to it, with a fine off-white medium sized froth that sits a good while before settling to a solid skim. Lacing sticks in some ink blobby sheeting.
Aroma is of a nice hop medley of woody, citrus mint, sweetly resinous with a nice pale malt of stale crisp bread.
Flavors are good in both the hop profile and malt backing, hops are slightly popping with a good zip of citrus, but maintains a mild front, more eager as it rides through to the finish where it gets a nice complex woody hop and bitterness clinging onto a very crisp pale malting. It takes awhile for the finish to render its full potential, but if your patient it makes a very welcome bite and squeeze of hops. Nice left over citrus pith and sourness brings an almost ghostly finish very late. Nice, quite nice. If it weren’t for a mediocre start this would get a better number in the taste dept, but where it lacks in the front well makes up for it in the finish.
Feel is just right for an IPA, frothy yet slick and calming with a creamy front, gains an excellent hopping in the finish of bittering bite and dryness all maintained in a well balanced nearly full body. Well balanced throughout with a slight sweet front, malt stays firm yet crispy adding a grainier build towards the finish where the hops get fun and helps add a nice bite late.
This was gone in no time. Super drinkable and an outstandingly handled IPA. The west coast, or in this case, North Coast, has a yummy little drinker here. Solid offering!
radiomgb (2558) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light orange in colour with a thin head. Aroma of light floral hops with citrus in the background. Flavour was fairly light, floral hops. Light body and light carbonation. Finishes with a mild bitterness, fairly quick. Average.
Ernest (6901) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. I prefer the pale ale to this...the malt just doesn’t hold this one up, so it’s unbalanced in both the aroma and flavor (even for an IPA). Very grapefruity and palate scraping.