kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Nice golden amber. Good white head. Mild hops aroma. It is not an overly hopped IPA, but rather is very balanced (but definately more hops than Anchor Steam).
HighlanderOne (1234) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Poured from bottle 1/2008 re-rate. Malt and wood in the aroma. Medium amber, thin head with lacing. Like a blend of a pale ale with a good American ale. Not bad - has nice roasted malt flavor along with the hops. Almost a smoky flavor to it. Good feel and mellow finish. Still a good choice.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A rich golden color with a medium sized rocky white head. A grapefruit aroma with some hops and lemon zest. Hops right up front with a maltiness and spice. Nice flavor but nothing outstanding. Solid.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt orange color with a frothy white head. Smell hops and grapefruit. Taste hoppy with some carmel and spices. Smooth and somewhat drying palate.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 Great beer but I want to comeback and recomment after I refresh my tastebuds--6/29/03-Ok, my taste buds refreshed. This beer kicks ass! I really don’t think this is the typical IPA, this beer is a bit cloudier, not nearly as bitter, and offers a fruity aroma and taste. The hopps are just not there like the typical IPA. Overall, easy enjoyable topnotch ale, Highly recommended.
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I originally had this beer about 7 years ago and was not impressed. Either the beer or my beer palate has improved. Wow! This is one tasty brew! Beautifully hoppy, perfect aroma. Lots of carbonation is visible in the body which spawns a large, white, rocky, creamy head. Body is amber orange in color. Nice flavor; similar to Minneapolis Town Hall's Single Malt Ale, but less sweet and cloying. Light to moderate bitterness; more bitter than Anchor steam. A little surprised to learn this is an IPA and it should delight both hop-heads and non, alike. Good session beer.
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This broad is excellent. She gives great head...a thick foamy creamy mountain of head. Her lips aare orangish yellow in color... her taste is similar to the single malt I had (and when I say had, I mean HAD) at Town Hall.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a good head. Clean,crisp,refreshing with a great hoppy taste. Very impressed. Proud to drink it.
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a very hoppy brew, this one rates up there as a keeper. This is a very clean and drinkable beer.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Orangey gold color, with a thick white head. Very pleasant looking. Paying attention to beer when you're at the bar is kind of hard, because it's so loud and you're smelling food and smoke the whole time. I love this place. Anyways, the beer is smelling very hoppy, a nice clean cascadey smell, although it seems almost all west coast hops smell like cascades. Flavor is very rich and hoppy, with a citric grapefruit intensity. Slight malty fruitiness that quickly gives way to the hops cavalry. Very clean and relaxing beer. Balanced like what. A good benchmark for the style.