Eructoblaster (3362) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 650ml. Clear copper color with a thick bubbly head. Superb, vigorous, and complex hoppy aroma with various hints of herbs, roasted sugar and fruits (orange, peach, apricot). Taste is robust but well-balanced. Although the mouthfeel is dominated by hops (Cascade), we can detect some notes of spices and citrus. It ends with a dry, bitter, and long finish, typical of the IPA style. Splendid!
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 On draft in Eureka, CA. Attractive orange color, with great white head. Fruity aroma with yeast and hop flavor. Good to the last drop. A perfectly balanced and qualty pale ale.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love these extremely hoppy American beers - I wish we could get more of them in the UK. Bottle from Beer Cafe, Glasgow. Red-orange, Yellow-white sparse diminishing head. Huge citrus hop aroma. Overwhelming fruit/hop/yeast flavour which numbs the tongue. Good finish with lingering american hops. Love it.
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden, honey, copper color (whatever you want to call it) slightly hazy, wi th a white head leaving a nice lacing. Essentially fruity aroma (mostly grapefruit but also peach and apricot) and lightly yeasty. Flavor dominated by the bitterness of hops, with citrus and a touch of pepper. Malty finish once the bitterness starts dissipating. Pretty good pale, definitively not my favorite kind though.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is peach, wheat, malt, with a slightly nutty smell also. Taste is slightly hoppy with a nice fruity background and somewhat floral.
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a exceptional beer,my new favorite ale.
pours a honey gold,slightly cloudy to me,big off white head with strong lacing.The nose is hoppy and slightly fruity.
The taste of this beer is top notch.Hops up front,but balanced,then a nice sweet malt,then into citric and finishing slighty floral from a nice sweet hop.A slight yeast like flavour buried in there too,adding to the experience.
great body,I could drink this all night long.
kane (111) - USA - OCT 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is drinking American history and its tastes very good. Growing up in the Midwest during the 70’s I can only imagine what a shock this beer caused at the time. Even during the new Millennium this is a powerful beer in terms of aroma and taste, which has a very nice west coast/cascade feel to it. One of the starters for the American craft brewers movement.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit and floral hops. Well hopped with a strong citrus flavor. This is the IPA which began my appreciation for hops years ago (you have to crawl before you can walk, right?).
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured clear, amber with a little orange. Head was moderate with lots of lacing. Looked great! The scent is floral slightly heavy on the citrus and a little piney in the nose. You can tell it was dry-hopped. The taste is hoppy with light carmel malt in the back. The mouthfeel lighter but stil full, and helped by carmel sweetness. It’d be easy for this to have a strong bite due to the dry hopping but this brew seem to find a perfect balance. Yummy and very drinkable.
shrubber85 (8998) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Bottle - Sweet cherry malt and hops aroma and amber color with moderate head. Flavor primarily hops and light sour malt. Hops are well-balanced - doesn’t come across too bitter. A re-rate but I didn’t change my opinion too much.