arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GABF 2004. When I take the time to write an exclamation in my tasting notes, especially at a place like the GABF where I could be jostled at any moment by beer-hungry passerby, and where I have a list of "must-taste" beers that make every moment precious, it means something. The first thing I wrote about Yulesmith: "dope!" This was the freshest, crispest IPA I’ve ever had. Beautiful in the glass, orange luminescence with a perfect head: great lacing and long-lasting. Taste was a perfect blend of peach, grapefruit and spice, which really came out on the dry yet refreshing finish. This had great body, and a backbone of caramel malt that glided under all the wonderful fruit flavors and lasted all the way through the finish. Wonderful.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber: Lasting off very light beige head on a medium amber/orange body. Has just a slight haze. Smells like an IPA! Grapefruit citrus and piney hop aromas dominate at first. Also a little perfumey, probably from alcohol. Toasted bready malt balances hop as it warms. Fruitiness seems to be all citrusy hop, and a little woody aroma comes in as well. Balanced in flavor to bitter, but overall well balanced. Lemony citrus hop flavor dominates with some caramel & toasty malt. Some allcohol in the flavor, but adds to complexity. Finish is on the semi dry side with a citrus hop and toasty malt that lasts into the aftertaste. Medium body, warming alcohol, and lower carbonation; overall smooth. Very enjoyable IPA. I know it says IIPA, but this is a pretty good IPA. Not my favorite style, but a nice change from my malt loving ways!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Big thanks to Stephen [DarkElf] for this bottle!) Amber body with a creamy white head. Awesome lacing. Loads of dank citrus hop aroma, with a little bit of a ’juicy fruit’ touch. Creamy mouthfeel. Very oily, with a huge hop presence. A little bit of doughy malt, but mainly a hop monster. It makes me think that someone squeezed a fresh hop cone(or two, or five) right into the bottle. Finishes warm, with a slightly fruity note. Not as hoppy as Bear Republic’s Racer X, but thats a good thing in my opinion, for this is ultra hoppy, but a bit more drinkable. Thanks again Stephen, you’re the man!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color with a large off-white head. Strong grapefruit hops aroma. Very nice strong grapefruit hops, sweet malt and grape flavors with a very dry ash and grapefruit hops finish. Really good!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color...cloudy, with a frothy tan head. The aroma was wonderful...bready, citrusy, floral tones. The flavor was full of bitter citrus tones and floral tones. The feel was very crisp, not too thick...dry finish. Thanks Odeed!
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma and color of this beer are really what you want when you buy a beer like this. The flavor is fantastic, it is a bit hoppy, but not too much. There isn’t too much of an aftertaste, which is pretty nice. I really cannot find any fault with this beer. Definetly try this if you get the chance.
sfontain (760) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small sample from bomber at From the Vine beer tasting in Lewis Center, Ohio. Amber; big, white, frothy head. Aroma malty, bready, citrus, honey. Big flavor: Simple malt but explodes with hoppiness and sweetness. Starts smooth and erupts into a super hoppy blast. Clean mouthfeel.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best I’ve had recently. Lives up to the hype. Thsi beer is very hoppy and has the ability to make the drinker of it jones for more. Earthy notes of flavor and the yeast is definitely there. AWESOME!!!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with off white frothy head. Floral hop aroma. Big hop taste up front fades out quick and finishes very dry. Almost no aftertaste. Very crisp. Aroma could be a little stronger.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to JohnC for hooking me up with this one, another great IPA from the West Coast, slightly hazy, amber color with a subtle orange hue, decent off-whie head with some nice lacing, great combination of hops & malt in the nose, also slight hint of yeast & earth in the aroma, medium-full in body, very bitter & very hoppy flavors, very well-balanced, good malt backbone, very dry but yet fruity, earth & pine notes in the flavors, dry & bitter hoppy aftertaste & finish, great IPA