Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hoppy nose, hop oils and a bit of orange/citrus with honey undertones. Slightly hazy orange-amber with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium lively carb and heavy-medium watery body. Hops resins on the tongue but not overly bitter. Malts but no big sweetness - a tinge of yeast. Ascerbic mild bitter finish and after. A dependable, respectable offering.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice clean, fruity aroma. . . hazy orange. Solid hop presence, good citrus fruits and pine. Dry palate and a lingering bitter taste. Nice.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely grapefruity, hop juice aroma. Malt is nice, sweetish, without being caramelly, counteracts the hopping nicely. Worthy of its status as an elder statesman of american IPAs
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I've always viewed this as the bridge between American IPAs and English IPAs. It is very hoppy although not as insane as some other Americans. It has a citrus nuance suggestive of lemon rather than grapefruit.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
my favorite part if this beer is that the hops are so citrussy, but not like most other citrussy IPAs, this one almost has a lemon zing to it rather than the typical grapefruit. leave it to the guys at anchor to find a way to be different. the aroma is full of those hops. the body is only strong enough to support all the hops as is the malt presence. this is a good example of american IPAs.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear yellowish-gold color with white head. Moderately hoppy aroma (floral and some resin). Citrusy, hoppy flavor with some light malt. Well balanced. Medium body, creamy and moderate carbonation.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2003 Faint smoke aroma that fades for a belgian-like and hoppy aroma. I might have guessed this was some sort of Belgian bitter in a blind tasting. Quite fruity. Very nice IPA, crisp and hoppy but not too bitter. I rank this up there with Lagunitas, which I consider a different style of IPA.
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper color, a bit of the typical IPA yeast haze. Creamy head that lasted appropriately for the style. Crisp hop flavor and lemon and pine aroma, good body. This is a good beer in a bottle, even better on tap. Should be considered a standard for the style, as it demonstrates all the needed qualities of an IPA in good fashion.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Rerate: 24 May 2003. This beer is HUGELY different on draught versus in the bottle. The previous rating is for the bottle. I had it on draught today, it has a nice hoppy nose, w/ a flavor that started out creamy & finished hoppy. My rating reflects my original 'bottle' tasting b/c that's more widely available. However, if you can get it on draught, it's mroe like a 3.7...
This is a *nice* IPA but nothing compared to the other IPA's available in California. It's readily available, so that's a plus.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A top quality Liberty-very fresh and well handled (learn to decifer the "bottled on" code on the back). Great combination of hops and fruit in the nose; dry flavor with what was once a big hop finish. Now that we've all been broken by drinking over-the -top beers, this is almost a session beer, but one of the best around. Mmm...