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 (2686) - 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 (7164) - 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.
DragonStout (1410) - 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.Didn’t get anything else out of this beer but hops.This was drikable but i don’t 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 IPA’s.
larsniclas (6478) - 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.