Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An overall dissapointment. This brew pours a glden hue with a small head. Aromas of a lager, and flavors of the same. This may be heavily hopped, but it is also heavily malted. I couldn’t tell this was an IPA due the the lager taste and absence of deecent hop flavoring.... I would have guessed an english style pale or a steam beer.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hoppy finish which is nice. decent mildly lasting head. pleasant semi-hoppy aroma. pleasant overall.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice rocky white tan-tinted head that lasts! golden color body w/ brownish hues at the center. nice hoppy nose, light flower. slight sweet malt too.
hoppy, banana taste, good carbonation. no afertaste! excellent NorCal sesh’ beer.
lacing on the glass has super sticking power.
badgerben (4534) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with little head. Hopy aroma and taste. Perhaps a little citrus. I think this may be a pinch overrated, but it is still better than the average.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber coloring. Little/No Head. Very Hoppy Aroma and Taste. Sweet. Given the percentile, I’d have to disagree and place it as an above average beer...but little better.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber/blonde color, medium laced white head. Powerfull floral and fruity hops aroma with some caramel. Great floral hops flavor with some caramel. Sweet finish. Very good, I can never get enough of this beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3391) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Sampled at Empire Brewfest. Sweet citrus aroma with lots of hints of orange. Yummy. Slightly hazy blonde/golden color with a small white head. Malty to start with hoppy bitterness to finish. I dont know, seems kind of overcarbonated and it just doesnt mesh for me.(8/4/5/3/11)~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~Amazing that it has taken me 10 years to get back to rating this beer. Time flies. 12 ounce bottle The aroma has some floral hop notes, some grassiness, and actually a little banana character. Weird. Light spiciness, too. Transparent golden-orange body with a medium, fairly strong whitish head present. Starts with a bit of a piney astringent hoppiness. Light pale and crystal maltiness and sweetness comes through in the middle, before this finishes with a modestly bitter grassy hop flavoring. A solid APA, and I could have seen this being totally freaking mind-blowing 40 years ago.
pootzboy (1608) - 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.