SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber pours a nice orange color with frothy white head. aroma is great. floral hops with some pineyness. taste is excellent as well. well balanced and not overdone. while i didnt enjoy this as much as stone ipa, it is certainly one of the best out there.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz - Great floral hop nose that wonít quit. Smells fresh and sticky. Copper color witha nice thick off-white head that slowly fades leaving plenty of lacing. A burst of hop, citus, and a touch of carmel smack the tounge with each sip. A very strong flavor that goes down incredibly smooth and slick. Maybe the best IPA Iíve had.
1FastSTi (3282) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber. The aroma is of orange segments and pine. Kinda reminds me of Bombay Sapphire gin. Very strong. Very delicious. The appearance is also very nice. VERY thick white head atop a slow but densely bubbling opaque copper body. The lacing is nice. The flavor is piney and malty, slight nuttiness to it too. Light on the citrus in the flavor, reminds me more of a barleywine. The palate is dry and bitter and has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel.
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
light orange color w/ a big frothy off white head that laces very well. Smells incredible.. a little pine a lot of citrus hops, oranges and a very very light carmel malt. Palate is big pretty creamy well coated. Flavor is so very delicous. Num Num lots of nice big balanced hop and malt. Citrus hops a touch bitter and a great malt backbone a touch of oranges overall some damn good stuff like a fresh hoppy barleywine.. num num
Thanks to blake for this one.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 RE-RATE: Aroma of grapefruit, lemongrass, coriander, and pine. Appears clear golden orange-yellow with no effervescence, and with a thin creamy head that persists. Flavor is pleasant bitter hoppy goodness, followed by pine and sweet malt. Palate is thick and chewy. Overall, not what I expected and definitely unique.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Popped this one in honor of my new great nephew (not sure heís actually born yet, but due any minute!). His father brought this to me from California. Thick creamy head. Almost no hops in the nose; all sweet malt. Surprisingly wonderful flavor with ample hops in flavor and bitterness. Balances perfectly with the maltiness. I crave hop flavor; this has a bunch but less than others, yet this is an excellent IPA due to the best balance experienced to date!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Medium amber in color. Great long lived off-white head and fantastic lacing. Aroma is very malty with a nice hoppy balance. The aroma reminds me more of a barleywine than an IPA, very caramelly and sweet with a nice balance of pine resin. Medium bodied, somewhat coats the tongue and palate. Carbonation level is perfect. First taste is malty, caramel flavored. This fades into a nice slow hop bitterness that lasts for quite a while. Never harsh or overpowering. Probably the best IPA I have had to date.
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle: Nice aroma of citrus and pine hops with some light caramel. Pours a mostly transparent orange with a white head. Very nice lacing. Very well balanced. Nice caramel malt presence up front. Excellent citrus and pine finish. Sliky smooth mouthfeel. Absolutely loved this one. The best IPA Iíve had to date.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral hop nose with citrus hops in the taste. Creamy on the palate, bitter, gets somewhat sweet at the finish.
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.