BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Hazy gold in color with a spicy hop nose. Hints of pine and grapefruit reveal the cascade hops. Just the right malt presence (nutty & sweet) to balance the stong hops kick. Top notch; Iíve been wanting to get the chance to try this for several years and it was worth the wait.
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral hop aroma with lots of malt and slightly buttery element. Golden/orange color with lasting rocky off-white head. Floral/citric hops are main flavor component with good malt balance and slight daicetyl detectable. Creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky finish with a lingering bitter/hoppy aftertaste. Excellent.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good IPA. The balance between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness is very well done, especially considering how much the pine and grapefruit hops struggle to dominate. Looks good, too, golden amber body with a steady stream of bubbles beneath a rocky off-white head. Great lacing/coating of the glass. Nice lingering, dry bitter finish. The alcohol doesnít make itself known until it starts to warm the body.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 Pours a golden orange color. A bit hazy with a light white head. Citrus hops (primarily grapefruit and citrus peal) mixed with fresh grain highlights from the malt make the aroma most enjoyable and fresh. The taste is very bitter. Strong grapefruit is present throughout as is a citrus peal taste towards the end and during the after taste (which lingers long). Carrying this along is some greenish grain (hay comes to mind). The body is crisp and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Not too bad but not my favorite.
Chalk this up to changing palet I suppose. Retried at the 2nd anual ides of March beer tasting at my house (3-18-06). Noted a color difference this time around that I described as hazy onion skin. No change score. Aroma notes are surprisingly similar though I noted some grassyness and not grapefruit. Still enjoyable but more balanced than I noted before. The taste is what really changed for me. Much more balanced than I noted before. Malty chewy caramel with a citrus pine hop blend that was in no way over the top. Great aftertaste of malty caramel sweetness (worth of 2 more taste points). Creamy sticky mouth feel (impoves the palate rating one point). Overall, Iím looking at a 4 here minimum. Glad I took a chance on this one again.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear honey colored brew with an inch of white foam.Has a nice soft hoppy nose and an even milder malt nose.Taste isnít bad,kindaí bitter but I am getting a mouthfull of grapefruit.Thias might be a little old.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a cloudy orange amber with a thick off white head and nice heavy lacing.
Aroma is heavy of citrus, grapefruit and hops.
Big citrus and mild hops flavor with a great easy bitter finish.
Very good, easy drinking IPA!
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel coloured, with a great off white head. Lots of hops, long powerfull bitter aftertaste. Smooth. A very nice IPA!
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with big offwhite head. The aroma is HOPS. Good smooth feel. Sweet and bitter with a long lasting bitterdry aftertaste..
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours golden amber with a creamy white head. Piney hops aroma with some citrus notes. Spicy hops taste, this is interesting....in a very good way. Citrusy up front with a bitter ending that lasts. Good malt balance here. I like this a lot.
cstuartj (859) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nose is simple hop heaven. The taste amazingly delievers on all that the nose promises. How do these guys do it?