Ernest (6908) - 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 doesnít hold this one up, so itís unbalanced in both the aroma and flavor (even for an IPA). Very grapefruity and palate scraping.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Open up this brew and the scents of flowers hits you.Pours with a deep orangish hue.Full flavor of hops but that is it.Didnít get anything else out of this beer but hops.This was drikable but i donít think I will sample it again tho.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. 51 degrees. Served in NB "worthy" tulip glass. Dark orange color with an off white head and nice lacing. Orange blossom honey aroma, sweet and citrusy. Hops-driven taste with citrus fruits. Not too bitter, but with a nice bite. Nice mouthfeel. Dry finish with nice citrusy residual flavors. Easy drinking beer that could easily get you in trouble @ 7.1%. Thanks Jay!
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an orange with a small white bubbly head that faded quickly. Fruity hop aroma. Nice fruity hop taste. Not as powerful as some of the other California IPAís.
larsniclas (6247) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with a fruity, flowery apricot-aroma.
Bitter, fruity and bitter from grapefruits.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Trader Joeís in Pacific Beach, CA) This is a somewhat pedestrian IPA, not tremendously flavorful, but itís pleasant enough to be a okay session IPA. Moderate malty character is lightly bready and is matched by a moderately bitter and citrusy hoppiness, and the two stay in balance from start to finish. The finish tastes a bit like unsweetened ice tea. Not a whole lot of aromas to this beer, but itís mildly bready and hoppy. Medium bodied. Light golden color and somewhat cloudy. Plenty of off-white head during the pour, and thanks to significant assistance from rapidly rising carbonation bubbles, retention is pretty solid, maintaining a nice cap on the beer. Patchy lacing is also pretty decent.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy golden, white creamy head. Uninspired nose of citrus, florals, toffee, with some light bready notes. Well bittered and decently balanced with the sweet malt. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying bitter finish. Donít go out of your way....
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: clear, deep orange hue, with a full, frothy white head.
Aroma: big hops, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, large fruit in the nose, very enticing and inviting.
On the palate, smooth, and very mellow, without too much tumult on the tongue. Solid body, excellent balance, and possessing a very nice flavor which lasts and lasts, persisting on the palate. Yum, yum.
I was hoping for a hoppier bite, and had to realize that a good IPA doesnít have to be a Ruination or Dreadnaught. Sometimes, they can "just" be smooth and delcious, like this one.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unexpectedly smoother than it brown ale counterpart. Not as hoppy as I anticipated. Outdoorsy aroma, citrus undertones int he taste. Not so bad.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is hoppy but in a rather restrained way by todays IPA standards. Some citrus and caramel in the nose. Pours cloudy light orange with a very well retained off white head. The flavor is hoppy with some malt balance, but again there is just not a big enough hop bite to make this an IPA winner. Call me spoiled, but pass the AleSmith.