pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2004 Bottle… near end date. Poured a vibrant orange with a rocky 2 finger cap that takes a while to reduce to a 1cm surface cap that stays. Medium effervescence. Wonderful nose...pungent floral-fruity aroma mingles with a solid peach-bubblegum sweetness...one of the best smelling crafts out there. Starts big with gravelly mouth feel that mellows to a sandy hop wallop (still not too over powering of the ample malt body)...flavors of peach, pear, lemon grass…complex, controlled astringency with solid underlying malt presence…finish is a slowly bittering affair as the malt drops away completely and the complex hopping leaves a dozen different impressions on the tongue…like 4 or 5 different metals… wadda ale! This is the one that set the pace for complex hop pronounced ales…a pioneer that took the risk for people like Rogue et al to follow. A well crafted American micro that will stand the test of time. Update 30/8/04...this beer is a gift...I will always have one in the fridge for a fast thirst busting quaff
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 A nice light IPA. Reminds me a bit of the sierra nevada pale ale -- except this is paler, and, well, a bit less interesting. A very drinkable beer, but are we really looking for a "drinkable" beer in an IPA?
Re-Rate -- having now realized that the LIberty Ale was not meant to be an IPA, perhaps I should change my score a bit, for as an APA, Liberty did have some nice hopping and fullness. Still a bit light, but hey, not bad.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, over the top aggressive hops, great flavor. Funny, I lived an hour from SF in California but haven’t had this till now.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. Bottle. I can smell hops as I pour this…nice golden amber clear brew, with a decent head. Aroma is great; fresh, crisp and hoppy. Taste is as it smells; lotsa hop character, but not smack ya in the tongue intense. Very well done.
oli (108) - DENMARK - JUL 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.This was a nice beer.The hops shine through both in it´s aroma and taste.Quite enjoyable.
JonMoore (1904) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Small short lived head, no lacing, golden coloured, slightly cloudy. Hoppy aroma, hoppy bite, underlying malt, nice mouthfeel, with a nice bitter finish. Very good.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a fairly thick, off-white head. Aroma of the cascade hops dominate. I expected it to taste much
hoppier but there is a nice malt/hop balance. Very easy drinking.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from 207th street beer warehouse,Good hoppy scent a light orange color.the flavor in not as strong as other IPAs but very good overall.
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. Orange color with a yellowish thick head. strong fruit hop smell. very strong nose. surprisingly smooth taste. not as hoppy as the nose suggests. a good use of malts to balance out this beer. it is very good. has a good fruit taste, with a hint of yeast??, and a well muted spice finish.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great Anchor beer. Nice deep brown color with a tan head. Strong hops on the nose with a very dry hoppy taste. Leaves you a little thristy (at least in 110 degree weather), but still a great beer.