MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was an IPA the way that I like it best - dark, flavourful, and quite bitter. It was extremely hoppy, as any good IPA should be. Many IPAs are leaning towards the sweet side, but this one is true to its origins. Fantastic.
Foxbush (1322) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 This was my first IPA in a couple of months. The rich hop flavor was overpowering. This feeling went away and the true pleasure of an IPA was realized. The head was frothy but dissapated with lacing down the glass. This is a good IPA that needs to be enjoyed slowly. Purchased a 12 oz can from Total Wine and More in May 2012. The scores were changed to reflect the new beer. The ale had lively carbonation and medium body. The finish had a nice bitter citrus aftertaste.
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really great IPA, smooth to start, and the flavor of the hops are great, crisp and carefully picked. Only complaint is the strange zing I have lingering on the back of my palate, the hops seem to have found a home there. Very rich and complex, a nice treat and change of pace compared to most other IPAs, recommended.
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 Medium size head that dwindles down halfway through the glass. Bright, crisp flavor with definite tone of pine and citrus. Real nice flavor. Lots of hop in the finish but not overpowering. I enjoyed it quite a bit and I am not usually a fan of IPA. This one is worth another few bottles.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle) Well hopped and fairly bitter with a moderate citrus flavor. The maltiness is somewhat non-descript, lightly sweet I guess, but has sufficient strength to lend at least some balance here, at least early on. But overall, this is still a bitter hops dominated IPA, especially in the finish. Very hoppy nose, with some mild fruity citrus. Fairly crisp and clean throughout. Bright amber color with a slight haze to it. Big thick head when poured is off-white in color and has excellent retention, with gobs of foam rising defiantly above the mesa of head. Lots of chunky head sticks to the glass, with other areas of bubbly lace interspersed. This is a well-made beer, no doubt, but I prefer a more balanced approach to my IPAs.
crazyvin (1995) - 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 (4673) - 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 (383) - 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.