crazyvin (1941) - New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smooth hoppy taste, not overpowering but sill held itís own. with a sweet finish. Nice copper color too it, not much of a head though a small white head at first pour but then dwindled down to nothing.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been on a hop frenzy as of late and with a name like Hop Ottin IPA I couldnít pass this one up even with a sixer of Smutty Nose IPA in hand. What the hell is up with the bear with the antlers? This one comes out a nice amber orange color with a tremendous off white head that comes billowing out the glass is you are too careless. The giant pillow of a head eventually falls to a quarter inch head that stays with you thru the consumption of the beer and leaves and excellent coating lacing all around the glass that seems to cling of indefinitely. Hell there is even the head in the bottom of the glass after the beer is gone and I drank it fairly slow. Aroma is full of citrus hops kicking about and a bit of a sweet malt balancing out all the hop ottin going on in the nose. Up front in the taste is the sweet caramel flavor of malt before the grapefruit and orange citrus hop flavors come through. These hops defiantly dominate after showing up on the palette and donít relent until minutes after youíve swallowed. A nice dry bitter after taste is present that is a bit citrus in nature. Excellent mouthfeel with a creamy coating flavor and good carbonation. This is defiantly a sessionable beer as I could easily sit and drink the 6 I have and want more afterwards. Very good IPA that I recommend to all and especially the hopheads, maybe I will figure out the antler bear after a few more.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gee I hate that. Entered a rating and then had the internet go down. OK, take 2. Tried this at the East End brewery in Hong Kong. When poured it instantly saidto me that there was a bit of hop resin here. Great amber colour and a fine rocky that when subsiding, it adhered well to the glass. Great pine and citrus nose which is redolent of a number of US hop varieties. The bitterness is a dominating factor over the malt but this should be expected. The ABV seems high but when it is the third big beer in a row it is not a huge surprise. The palate finishes with an odd minerally back palate that doesnít offend but certainly detracts.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 (Bottled) Clear amber color with a small, solid head. Floral-hoppy, lemony aroma with woody notes. Flowery-aromatic-hoppy, slightly woody flavor with a strongly bitter, lemony finish and a dry, bitter, slightly astringent aftertaste. Medium-bodied, slightly harshly bitter, but reasonably smooth and low-carbonated palate. An ok, but somewhat harsh IPA.
(Bottled, was 7-4-8-4-15=3.8) Hazy darkish amber color with a small head. Flowery-hoppy, slightly sweet aroma. Very, very floral-hoppy, slightly sweet flavor with an almost overwhelmingly hoppy finish. Medium-bodied, sparingly carbonated palate. This really is a hop-headís dream... itís hard to even finish the small bottle. Rough stuff!
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber with a thick. fluffy white head. Very perfumed and hoppy nose. Nice strong floral hops bite in the taste, with a touch of sweetness. A nice IPA.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one hell of an IPA. Great sweet hop aroma. This is a wonerfully hopped, well balanced brew. This isnít anything to piss yourself over, but it most certainly has everything necessary to make a darn good beer.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Chestnut. Suprisingly subtle floral hop aroma with a touch of pine cones and malty sweetness. I have a feeling that this is an older bottle mainly because the hop presence I was expecting just wasnít there. Still though, the malt is still fairly effective as the lead. Notes of honey and caramel overpower the hop flavor and bitterness. Iíll have to rereview this sometime.
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Very malty aroma for an IPA. Lots of honey and light hops in the aroma. Dark orangish-amber with an off-white head with okay retention. Nice lacing. Strong honey presence in the flavor. Light citrus. Nice hop finish with the caramel still lingering. Decent balance, but could use more hops to balance the incredibley strong honey presence.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great IPA.
Pours a ruddy orange with a nice head and a *great* lace down the glass. You canít ask for any more in the looks depít.
Aroma is floral and citric.
Flavor is grapefruit, some nice malt, and some spices and fruit I canít quite place. Did I mention hops?
Palate is crisp and clean. Good body and great balance. Overall this is excellent and worth seeking out.
jonas (5643) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 Tap @ The Yardhouse Pasadena,CA
Grassy hops and bitter oranges in the aroma.
Brownish amber (well it was kind of dark in that place), low creamy head.
Fruity and grassy, plenty of earthy and spicy notes as well, peppery finish.
Long lasting bittering hop note afterwards.