Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was of a citrus variety. Pour from the bottle left little head and a dark amber body. At first it seemed the alcohol was the controlling flavor of this beer. At the finish those citrus hops gave this one a fruity flavor to the end. If you like high alcohol content hoppy beers you’ll most likely want to try this one.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ O’Brien’s. Clear amber/copper w off white head that fell fairly quick, min lace. Aroma was potent hops & med roasted malt. Flavor was big, full bodied (pushing the double category). Had a nice sharp, tart, dry mouthfeel with a slight malt sweetness. Nice bitter hop bite. There was a slight cooked vegetables taste that faded as the beer warmed producing a pleasant spiciness and complexity I didn’t notice at first. Alcohol is slightly noticable but well hidden for the amount.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 Cloudy golden pour with a big white head that sticks around. Aroma is hoppy, pine and citrus. Taste is well balanced- hoppy, but with a definite sweet (malty) and sour (lemon) effect to make it more complex and unique. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Definite presence of alcohol in the finish and aftertaste.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: strong hop scents, some sawdust, and some sweetness
Appearance: golden yellow, small white head, lacing
Flavor: very sweet, very hoppy and dry, some woody flavors, some light fruits
Palate: very dry, takes the skin off the tongue, interesting hoppy/light fruit aftertaste
Overall: Still don’t like IPAs, but if I did this would be a good one.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I must first point out thi sbeer has the best head I have yet seen. Large, fluffy, a bit rocky - it is quite nice with lots of staying power. Deep, midly hazy orange colour. nice piney hop aroma. Smooth and malty, with a nice transition to some bitter hops. leaves a nice aftertaste that sticks around for a bit. Even the bottle is cool!
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best IPA I have had so far. Rich color and huge head that stays for the duration of the experience. Sweet malty taste, hides any presence of alcohol. Great hop aroma, and huge hop finish. California has perfected the pale ale. Survived the flight home from San Diego to Rochester, too bad we can’t get this on the East coast. Great beer.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tiny bit hazy, golden orange/copper with a thick peaked off white head that leaes great lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with most of the bitter aroma being very piney. Very nice powerful hop flavor. Bitter at the core; strong pine hpe flavor and a secondary floral hop sweetness followed by some distinct grapefruit. There is also a bit of underlying malt sweetness providing a creamy balance. The lingering bitterness creates a nice bitter finish that begs for another sip.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Pours a nice coppery orange, with a billowy off white head. Aroma is a good blend of cirtusy, piney hops and malt. Aroma is more sweet malt and grapefruit hops. Nice creamy mouth, and a good bitter bite. A well balanced IPA.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle)Pours a dark amber with little head. Wow, wonderful citrus aroma. This beer is extremely well balanced. starts with hoppy flavors which then fades too a nice bitterness which is balanced nicely with a nice sweetness to counteract it. Nice velvety feel on palate. This is a great IPA which i hope to have again soon.
jtw (1092) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to squidget (i think?). a glorious aroma of a breakfast of grapefruit with sugar poured on it. some slight tanginess mixed, a beautiful bouquet for my nose. slightly more bitter in the flavor, but supremely balanced with a barely discernable fruit presence that perfectly blends in with the hops. awesome beer, and my first from alesmith. i hope there’s more to come!