Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium hoppy aroma, hint of citrus. Almost the same coloring as the Yulesmith, though it has a much smaller head. Nice lacing on the glass. Flavor is warming, hoppy, yet subtle. Bitterness is subdued, but still present. Mouthfeel is thinner than the Yulesmith, but still substantial.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full bodied, creamy texture with warm coppery flavor. Slightly bitter but very clean finish. rich foamy head that takes its time when settling down.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of radiomgb and DarkElf. Excellent IPA, copper color, touch of haze and a full foamy head. Full grapefruit aroma, decent malt to match. Nice malty start followed by a healthy dose of west coast hops. Medium to full bodied, smooth and round, bitter finish. HIgh quality stuff. Iíll accept your beer anytime if you throw in stuff like this!
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fantastic ipa. very smooth and suttle hop taste that will knock you on your butt! Pours a beautiful golden amber color with an aroma to match. This is a one great IPA!
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle: Light amber w/ a lasting medium sized white head. Grassy and lemony hop aroma @ first that becomes herbal & grapefruity w/ some toasted & bready malt. Very little caramel@ first, moderately fruity(mostly from hops). well balanced, throughout, but finish & aftertaste, as well as initial flavor are of citrusy hop w/ some hints of bitterness mid palate into the finish as it warms. toasted malt but still very little caramel, and a bit more pale ale flavored in regards to bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, dry m/f as expected, wll hidden alc. Good as IPAís go, not great, but Iím quite certain itís not worth the 9.00 I paid for the bottle when everyone else is around 5.00!!!!
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice citrusy/floral aroma. A deep brown color and nice light brown head. A citrusy taste and nice finish.
adrian910ss (2412) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a light copperish caramel color with a fine thick white head. Smells like pine needles and hops. Has a very citrusy taste with a piney aftertaste. An excellent IPA. Very similar to a Stone IPA.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent gold in color with some tiny cloistered bubble colonies breaking everywhere at the surface - itís like looking down into a volcano. Nice nectarine, grapefruit and apricot aroma. Flavor leads in as crisp with hops placating the palate from the get-go. A hops crescendo rises to a bitter peak and is joined by just malt support. Some discernable alcohol, along with elements of papaya, sweet dried oranges and nectarines, and sugar-sprinkled grapefruit help to round out the flavor sequence. Each first sip of each pour (about 4 oz. at a time) would hit like acupuncture on the tongue, but the sips at the end of each pour would be losing the initial liveliness of the carbonation. Finishes with a slight hint of the bitterness displayed, transitioning into a honeydew aftertaste. Overall, a solid IPA.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this about a week ago and Iím sitting here wondering if this is the best IPA Iíve ever had. Iím not sure what would top it. I prefer Alpha King, but its not truly an IPA and I definitely prefer this to Stone, so maybe it is my favorite. Just wonderful stuff-hoppy, complex, well balanced. Wish I could drink it more often. Badass...
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours clear orange with a sizable ivory-colored head. Oranges and grapefruit in the nose. Big resiny, pine flavor. Maltiness reminds me of walnuts and sunflower seeds. Spicy for an IPA- but not in a bad way. Great beer