CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank on draught in the brewery’s taproom. Dark golden color with a rocky, white head. Beautiful floral, hoppy nose. Fruity, hoppy flavors evident.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head to start. A solid malt body with rounded hop bitterness and aroma--not too strong. Fruity and tart, with slight medicinal notes. I am having trouble finding Cascade hops in here??
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2003 Beautiful orange colour. Nice head. Very fruity (grapes) and hoppy aroma. Flavour is flowery (elderberries?) and somewhat sweet (drops) which is very well balanced by the long hop bitter finish.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Orange beer with OK head.
Aroma with citrus, dried fruits, apricots and a little merengue and spices.
Spicy flavor with oatmeal, hops and a hint of blue cheese. Pretty massive finish.
AbeVigoda99 (7) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love IPA’s so read on with a grain of salt. It is really hard to believe that this is a SanFransisco beer. Great bitterness, great color. The hops are played out to the hilt while still being a great drink. Starts bitter, finishes bitter, but never sour or tart. A non bloating beer that keeps you thirsty for more. Move over Brittania there’s a new ’Queen’ of IPA’s and ’she?’ hails from SanFransisco CA.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice smooth beer with a good amount of hops, good citrusy hop aroma. A little boring, but a solid brew.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of the better IPA’s. Still a little light and harsh for my tastes.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good all around, but not as hoppy as the better NW IPA’s that can be found now.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2003 This beer makes me proud to be an American. Let's face it... 'American Beer' is a phrase like 'American Cheese'. ;) But this is a world class pale ale. The aroma is spicy and sweet with the hops ready to greet you. There are lots of hops but more complexity than the usual pine-sol tase of many beers that attempt this style. Liberty pulls of ultra hoppiness without that being the only good attribute. The head is fluffy and beautiful, and the finish is long and like the afterglow from great sex. ;) A top pick for me. I must say with patriotic verve that this should be classified an AMERICAN pale not an India... ;)
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is all about the cascade hops. Ok appearance, slight to medium head with some cloudiness, but a nice golden/copper color. Good floral and citrus aroma. When I was drinking this i though of an american pale ale, rather than an IPA. Not enough bittering hops to make it a great IPA. Still great all around beer and goes down smooth.