belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not that much of a hop aroma. Good hop bitterness throughout but not much malt to balance it. A decent IPA, but not at the top of the list.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden color with a foamy off-white head. A floral hop aroma that is somewhat better than the flavor. A fair balance on the palate.
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 Poured incredibly light yellow-orange for an IPA; average small-bubbly head. Hint of fruity aroma. The flavor has the flavor of grapefruit rind, bitter and tart. OK. <<Rerated 6/6/2007>> This time it pours with a big solid head. Still light and still. All of the above rating still stands ... quite, quite fruity, with a bitter puckering grapefruity head. Not grapefruity with a big malt undertow like some big NW IPAs, this is literally like grapefruit juice. Drink it for breakfast. Slightly elevated rating overall.
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 At the brewery in June 2003 for my initial rating, but more than a few bottles subsequently. Perfectly clear, filtered yellow orange hue beneath a large-bubbled white head. Very mild hop nose: with more of a doughy angel food cake scent than anything else. The hops are piney, sharp and one-dimensional. Old bottles tend to give off a corn and fuesal aroma. Fresh bottles are almost like sniffing a fresh cut piece of pine board at the lumberyard. Old bottles taste stale, papery, dry, and then hits you with an empty bitterness in the finish. Fresh bottles are sweet up front, giving way to a fairly even bitterness - with a chewy and sugary hop resin, and overall very light but tasty. I just wish I knew what hops were used. Fresh it gets a 3.6, old bottles get a 3.2.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Smells/tastes Hoppy/malty/kinda(bottle)cappy at times.Pours out a pretty almost hazy deep golden w/ plenty of bubbles & Super crazy lacing throughout.Palate is hoppy & slightly metallic.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold/amber, head white and scanty. Very much a West Coast beer. Some sweet malt peeks out from behind the massive bales of HOPS. I liked it.
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden colour with a slight orange tint. A decent hoppy aroma, but nothing large like a 'stronger' IPA. The taste was very mild compared to other IPA's, especially from California. The taste was more of an APA, but still worthy of a couple of dollars. Not a great aftertaste, once again fairly mild.
beerbastard (689) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A slightly hazy pale gold, with a nice medium head that stuck with it half way. Not a big burst of hop aroma as I expected, mild fruity malt in the nose. Hop in the taste with mild roasted malt, bitter in the end. Dry finish that hung around awhile.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale american style IPA. Fruity, citrus, spicy flavors. Medium body - not as big as Indica or Hop Devil, but good in it's own right.
hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crystal clear golden brew. Medium-sized, fizzy, enamel head. Quickly, but not fully dissipating. Very good lacework.
The aroma is of pine, black pepper, spruce, fir, apricot, butterscotch and cheap, watered-down perfume. Very nice IPA aroma.
Bitter, metallic flavor.
Heavily-hopped, attention grabbing IPA. Bitter as hell. Cloyingly so. Some evergreen presence, but mostly just bitter and metallic. Much like biting into a grapefruit rind. Not my thing at all.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy and, you guessed it, bitter finish. This brew looks good and smells nice, but is overdone with bitter hops. Die-hard HopHeads may love this brew. I like IPAs, but not this one. Uncreative and overblown. A lack of any real substance is unsuccessfully cloaked by bitterness. If not for the nice aroma and appearance, I would rate this right along with Pabst or Budweiser. Someone order me a HopDevil, Poseiden, DreadNaught or Stoudt's!