beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a coper color with a thin head. Strong aroma and flavor of citrusy and resinous hops with caramel and a lasting bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Very good IPA.
droomyster (14) - USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle itself is a work of art. Rich and dense head, aroma is a powerful blast of hoppiness, with an inviting earthiness and honey sweetness detectable through the bitter pine. Pours a clear ruby gold color, plenty of carbonation bubbles taking their time as the float to the top. I can’t wait to taste this. I’ve just been admiring its appearance and smell for about 5 minutes now and the head is still rich and thick. Here goes the sip. This IPA is an extra bitter boy. It would be incorrect to say that the sweetness balances the bitterness of this brew, but after such a floral, hoppy smell and such a hoppy taste, my senses zero in on an underlying sweet citrus. Medium to full bodied, not very smooth. Kinda sticky and oily all at once. Beautiful clumpy lacing left all over the glass. Overall terrific drinking experience, but I wouldn’t have two in row after such a big hoppy punch.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good to great IPA. Lots of bitterness with evened out character. Definitely drinkable.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoopy aroma stood out from the pour along with the hoppy flavor though out. Dark amber color and good head with some lacing on the glass. Good beer.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Slightly grassy hop aroma. Malty backbone is in the smell, too, though. Coppery body under a white head that laced well. Malty nose, but hoppy at the finish. Nice bitterness, but not a strong hop flavor. Of course, I did drink this coming off of a Dreadnaught... Good standard IPA palate. Solid beer.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper/amber under a thick light khaki head with very good lacing. Plenty of hops in the aroma but not so much that it overpowered the citrus & pine notes. Well balanced flavor for a fairly aggressively hopped brew. Just enough fruity (apricots/oranges) and malty sweetness to support the hops. I thought the mouthfeel was a tad thin but I had been drinking a lot of Stone IPA lately and few other IPA’s compare well to that one in mouthfeel. Very crisp and dry finish with a nice bitter bite. Overall, a very, very solid IPA.
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good bottled IPA, excellent fully lasting head. Good hoppy flavor. Pleasant surprise.
abc2248 (9) - LITITZ, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Really good stuff. Floral, hoppy aroma. Medium amber color with good lacing. Great balance in the flavor - sweet malts and lots of bitter, but great tasting hops. A keeper.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber in color. Big fluffy white head made up of tiny bubbles. Aroma and flavor is all floral hops with just enough malt to balance it a little. Pretty good overall.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from brickskeller. strong hop-floral aroma. pours a clear gold with decent lacing. a suprisingly balanced IPA for a west-coast brewery. very good, a very full hop character, but a rounded one.