beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: at Papago’s Scottsdale, AZ - Color is semi clear, dark goldish bronze color with a thin off-white cap, lacing in thin webby stings. Aroma is quite fruity and floral with hops, mildly so, determined yet subtle with malty fruitiness closing in on some melon and apple. Taste is fruity with apply notions and pear, floral herbs much like a tea are fairly dominant. Bittering is in check by alot due to the overwhelming amount of sweetness that actually isn’t overwhelming. This has a unique balance, but the flavors stay fruity throughout. Feel is a solid medium body, creamy and smooth and lightly crisp with just the right amount of bite. Yummifingly drinkable stuff.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A really nice IPA. Heavy lychee, pine and grapefruit. Pretty soft, with a bitter bite at the end. Really well balanced, nice warming shot of alcohol at the end. Great IPA.
Beaver (1309) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Hop Ottin’ pours a hazy golden-orange with a large, frothy white head that has good retention and lacing.
The aroma is appealing floral hops with some subtle, almost caramel sweetness.
The taste is some slightly sweet caramel malts initially, and then bang! come the bitter hops. It follows with a strong, bitter, lingering aftertaste. It’s medium bodied and the bitterness coats your mouth.
Overall, a decent IPA. I thought it could have used more balance. I tend to prefer IPAs with more citrus tones and less of a bitter aftertaste. This was much more bitter in the bottle than I remember from drinking it on tap.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a solid amber color with a small but long lasting head. The hops are more than abundant--the beer does not fail to deliver on the name’s promise. Dry, like a good IPA should be.
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a huge, creamy, off white head. Hops take over the aroma, and bitterness predominates the flavor profile. A little out of balance to be a top IPA.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine hoppy aroma in this pour. Nice white head with decent lacing. Taste was pretty well balanced after expectations of a hop monster. Nice bitter finish with very little alcohol presence.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Looks yummy, thin head with lace. Big nose of malt & hops. Nice bodied ale. A good citric, piney IPA w/ plenty of malt. I always enjoy this one. Finishes dry and with piney bitterness.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but a bit watery compared to your typical IPA. A nice flourish of flowery taste as you drink, pricking your nose and wafting in your mouth. Easily drank as well, moreso than thicker IPAs such as Dogfish’s.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Nice head, hoppy nose. Complex taste; nuts, malt, hops, milk chocolate, and t er stuff. Long hoppy, flowery aftertaste
calivania (62) - USA - MAY 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am a fan. This is a chewy yet classy IPA, with piney aroma that also comes through in the first taste. I have rarely tasted a beer so aggressively hopped yet with out the steel-toed boot bitterness that normally comes along with it. There is a gentle, porch-swing quality to this beer. I am at a loss for words: confident, subtle, sublimb.