brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale is wonderful. Quality ingredients and well crafted. I have enjoyed this beer many times.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle: poured a thin golden color. small head. smells of harsh alcohol and hops. OK... tastes floraly, and hopy, but not very balanced, all told, very unimpressed.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Great brew. Everything Anchor does is better out of the pint bottles. True with the porter and the Liberty ale. Get the Pint bottle...exponentially more complex. Pours an interesting amber copper color. Somewhat appetizing...cloudy almost. Smells like someone cut a grapefruit up and forced it into my pilz glass. The cascades have set up a fascist government in my glass. Tatses nice and round. Explodes in your mouth with a refreshing fruity bitterness. This is pleasingly married to a lovely malt thickness that cannot be described only experienmced. I love the thickness of this brew. It is oily in that it is malty. Awesome! A very good drinking beer. Put it in your hole.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottled. Slightly hazy, orange, white head that quickly dissapaites. Hoppy aroma. Bitter taste, full bodied and hoppy, but well balanced. Tasty.
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Great beer, accesible, nice lacing, decent head, beautiful color. Anchor is probably the best craft brew which has nationwide, grocery store type of distribution.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden hazy appearance, it was clear before i poured the sediment into it.
Nice citrusy and hoppy nose, some fruityness too. Very balanced between the malts and the hops, very nice session beer this one. I like that it is not with so excessive hoppyness as other West Coast IPA’s. Beautiful!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong orange/grapefruit citrus hop nose. Bright, clear copper colour with dense, white head that lasts nicely. Nicely balanced between hops and malt. Lasting grapefruit bitterness. A hint of diacetyl that is not altogether unpleasant. Good carbonation and crisp mouthfeel. Surprisingly well balanced for a west coast IPA and rather enjoyable. Bottle.
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer took me by surprise. A smooth, sweet taste. It has a pale, golden color, with a nice, creamy head.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Golden in color, with a head that dissapates (although not entirely). Sweet malt followed by bracing bitterness. citrus and peppery notes. Bitterness lingers quite a while. A tad too bitter for me in the aftertaste, but a quality beer to be sure.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a beautiful golden with copper hues, capped of by a smooth creamy white head. Aroma was floral and hoppy. The flavor was excellent; full and hoppy, but complex. My first impression was that it was a relatively sweet beer, but each sip brought increased dryness and bitterness. A bitter finish, and full of flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel, which I really liked. A highly enjoyable IPA.