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 (330) - 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...
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Slight yeast haze, rocky, pillowy head. Delicate and non-typical hop aroma for a dry-hopped American pale. Floral and green, rather than citrusy and sprucey. Nicely bittered, but perfectly balanced. Flavors are subtle when compared to other California APAs or IPAs. Refreshingly dry finish. My impression of this beer is that it’s rating and reputation are damaged by the popular "more is better" notion. This is an obviously well-crafted and tasty beer.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very light and clear in appearance. More of an English IPA. Well hopped,but not citrus or piney, more of a leafy or cut grass type flavor. Bitterness in the finish. As all most a pepper taste in the hops. A classic
Michiganmike (17) - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I would rather drink a Warm Old Style Than this crap. Anybody that likes this so called Beer is insane. Floral Aroma my ass!! this beer Sucks!!!!!!
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice ale. Very fruity, herb-like aroma. Cloudy light amber in color, thick tall head. Decent flavor, but nothing special. Very hoppy taste with a dry finish, no hint of the alcohol at all. Dry, clean finish. I like it and its very easy to drink, but it wasnt a very unique brew.