DYCSoccer17 (3447) - 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 (1611) - 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 (1113) - 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 (1968) - 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 (1223) - 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 (2129) - 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.