Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, green, flowery aroma, just slightly spicy and malty, with hints of wax, pine, grapefruit, tangerine and light honey, also some tinges of alcohol. Medium copper color with an exceedingly fine, lasting, creamy head and seemingly pointillist-conceived lacing. Juicy and hoppy up front, notes of lemon, grapefruit, toasty, light caramel malt and flowery sweetness before the spicy, peppery, dry, nicely bittering finish. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel, medium-full bodied with a complimentary mild effervescence on the palate. Some mild warmth in the gullet from this one. Nicely done. Cheers, Chris.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Bistro 6th Annual IPA Festival (August 9, 2003). Medium golden color with an off-white head. Nice cascade aroma and smooth hop, grass, pine, and floral flavors.
mribm (447) - Hurley, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. Bottle. This beer poured with a really impressive, rocky head. I've never seen anything like it. The lacing was also very impressive. Hops are very abundant in the nose and taste. The hops and malt were married very well. Avery enjoyable beer overall, which hid the alcohol very well. This was a really delicious IPA, which has everything going for it!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Tan head, carbonation is medium. The beer itself is a hazy amber color. The aroma definitely tells you that this beer is going to focus on the hops, I get notes of apricot and a pungent hoppiness. The apricot is the strongest aroma component, I like it. The apricot translates to the taste of the beer, it adds a bit of a fruity backdrop that interacts with the fruitiness from the ale yeast. A nice hop bit in the finish, followed by a clinging bitterness as a reminder of the beer that was just on my tongue. This is a nice IPA, not as extreme as some but I really like the flavor and aroma that is packed into this beer.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice orange brown color with nice white head and nice lacing. Aroma is citrus all the way, grapefruits mainly. Flavor is very refreshing. Hops, citrus and floral plus a decent amout of sweetness. Really like this IPA, everyting is in balance.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a smooth tasting Indian Pale Ale. Hoppy, malty, and slightly bitter flavor. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a pale deep orangeish yellow with a light brown tone to it, chill haze present, head just over a finger high, loosly thick and bubbly, cream colored, fades fairly quick and lace sticks well in thin webby spots and thin whispy sheets. Smell is quite a nice hop nose, sweeter pine sense thats bitterly smooth, a touch floral and spiced over a nice toasty caramel malt backbone. Taste is lovely, smooth, soft and rounded, balanced well, nothing overwhelming in the hops, bitterness in check by alot, but whats there is loaded full with nice soft sweet pine, some fresh floral hop hints, caramel malts dotted in the backing thats soft as well. the softness really stands out favorably, I liked it alot. I'm betting its a dried and fresh hop ale variant. Not such a 'in your face' IPA, a simple & welcome surprise and something I find now having had a few Alesmith brews that is something in character that seems to stand out for me in their brews. Feel is soft and pleasant, nearly full, super smooth, nothing harsh here, lingering of bitterness is shorter then most but seems to fit with this one. A bit tamer then the Yulesmith, but nearly the same in every aspect of softness and drinkablity. The softness makes for very easy drinkin'! The bomber was gone in no time. Definately an IPA to keep around for any Ol' time.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 This beer pours with a golden orange body topped by a medium thick off-white head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. A slightly sweet and grapefruity hop aroma fills the nose followed by a slight bitterness and subtle notes of pine. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and grapefruity from hops. A touch of pine is also observed and the finish is bitter, piney and hoppy. Medium bodied and smooth yet slightly dry.
jgb9348 (4438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Finally, here it is...beer #700, and the IPA i’ve been waiting for! Darker amber colour with a perfect off-white dense head. An amazing looking beer. Very nice smells of hops, grapefruity and piney...but very pleasant and mouth-watering! Medium-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour (showing largely pine characteristics) balanced well with malt. Slightly sweet, but also showing alcoholic notes. Aftertaste displays a strong citrus qualities as well as a flavourful malt to balance out the hops. Overall, this was exactly what I was expecting from a very highly ranked IPA. There was nothing wrong at all with this beer, and only a great all-around experience. I wish I could get this beer more regularly, but I have to sincerely thank Rodolito for picking this up and sending it out to me...Thanks again Dave!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the headless Ale Smith of Sleepy Hollow!
The appearance was a deep bronze color, with rich hues of amber. This IPA has an enormous pine / spruce aroma and flavor, caramel additions as well as a shock of bittering IBU’s. This beer does not contain notes of Grapefruit but it freaking plays a symphony of it, huge citric presence with big maltyness to help the balance.
This brew has the feel of cask aging, although it never was. Good beer but a bit over the top for the standard IPA. I would actually compare this IPA to a barley wine, with many similar distinguishing factors.