0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of honey and flowers, much of what the description called for. Nice honey color with tiny particals clouding it up for a lovely appearance. Nice sized head with FANTASTIC lacing all the way down, head fully lasting. Flavor was honey and floral and very nice, although a touch on the bitter side. Mouthfeel, honestly I didn't pay attention to (!!eep!!!), calling for some sort of rerate, but it couldn't have been great or I had noticed. Medium body with pleasant carbonation. Overall a nice IPA, but not the best.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good but otherwise unremarkable IPA. Very hoppy, kind of a pine taste going down. Decent malt to back it up.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very clear yellow/orange with nice head. Decent lacing down the glass with a nice thin thayer of head on the beer all the way through the drink. Aromas of alcohol and hops. This beer smells very bitter. And after drinking it, it tastes very bitter also. Not a good bitter like Stone. I think they need to try a different hop for the bittering portion. It's not a bad beer, just a little too heavy on off-flavored bittering hops. Alcohol gives a little bite during the brief stay in the mouth. Not bad, but could be better.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
resiny hop aroma, cloudy amber with good carbonation, nutty resinous hops with tons of sticky bitters
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange body. Big rocky off-white head. Vrey nice resinous pine and floral hop aroma. Slightly sweet malt aroma sits back in the mix. The flavor is hop bitterness plus a honey sweey malt profile. Yum, quite tasty. Medium bodied with a very nice lingering hop finish. A very nice beer.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nothing wrong with the hop ottin; a more bang for your buck of hop bitterness you expect from a good IPA.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - JAN 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Musty grass smell with some aroma of hops and malt. First impressions are of bitter and hop goodness that transitions into an unbalanced and eventual harsh flavor.
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 New rating 7/29/13:
Itís been almost a decade since I rated this... I figured Iíd pick up a six pack and enjoy some AV!
Pours a nice amber with two inches of frothy, foamy head.
Smells of bittersweet pine, grapefruit, and a hint of flowers.
Taste is a sticky pine, some orange peel, and a heavy pink grapefruit finish.
I definitely like this more 9 years later... my original review follows.
Original rating from 1/20/04:
Appearance: 3 cloudy like apple cider, no head.
Not much of a smell, but what was there (typical floral/fruit) was nice. (7)
Too bitter for my taste... very hoppy... very thick... (6)
Nice mouthfeel. (3)
Itís drinkable to sample, thatís about it... for me at least. Itís a very filling beer, and Iíd never be able to drink two in a row. (14)
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 This beer may have the best aroma of any beer I have sampled. Huge, fresh, citrus aroma. And it got plenty of flavor, body, and alcohol to back it. Damn good.
Hadnít sampled this beer in years but tried it at the San Mateo Brewfest 6/10/07. Hops were huge!!! Way bigger than I remember. By far the very best beer at this festival.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Very hoppy nose, however the "honey-drenched" malts were far from obvious for me. Nice, with a bitter finish, but lacking in any real complexity/depth.