y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Good IPA with strong flowery hops and a slightly bittersweet aftertaste. Was a tad salty
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep amber color with decent head, which quickly went away. Nice floral hop nose. Nice hop finish.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sham for this bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a thick fluffy head. Nice floral hoppy aroma with fruit notes, Crystal? Very similar to Rogues Brutal Bitter. Flavor has good grainy malt blended well with lots of hops that really make this a bitter IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and wet. Finishes bitter that lingers. Nice retention.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber color,medium sized head that lasted for a decent amount of time.Thearoma was muc better then i was expecting with it being,malt light fruit and hops with a ew other aromas that i can't quite put my finger on.The flavor was fantasticly good.Malt and lots of hops with nice fruit side to it and the hops aren't overly done but seem to be just perfectly done IMO and the finish is slightly bitter hops that stay with you for a little while.Very nice brew andwell worth trying again.
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep copper color with a medium-sized white head. Enjoyable tasting IPA, but would have preferred more of a bite.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 I put off buying this baby for a long time (like so many other beers--I need to start drinking more again!) because of the ugly juxtaposition of the gaudy metallic purple and mountains on the label. Whoops! Hazy darkish amber, with almost BMC-esque legless head. Oh well. But the nose is just fabulous! Sweet, chocolate-cookie dough and sweet potato malts intertwine with a serpentine-bounded canvas of hop aromas: flowers, orange, bay leaf. Flavor is big and malty and of course bitter up front, although the drum roll dies off a bit, leaving a wan, self-conscious string of apologetic, festering variegated bitterness. A slow warming effect builds from the alcohol and unmasked hop compounds. Nice!
Note (12/28/03): This rating is for the bomber (22 oz) version. There is ostensibly no difference between this and the 12 oz. verson, in reality there is. The 12 oz. version consistently earns a low 3's rating from my palate, and the bomber stands as it is.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It's been awile since I quaffed this kind beer.Anyway this thing smells so nicely hopped.Floral and heady.This deep copper beauty pours out with the ultimate head(fills a pint glass perfectly,just like the picture)sticks around for a good while and the lace is premium.Tastes hoppy(not overwhelming to a hop lover)nice slightly sweet malts for a smooth highly enjoyable experience.Great IPA I have been sleeping on due to mooddiness or an older batch(this was bottled on 11/03/03)
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting blend for an IPA. Had a distinctive peach aftertaste that both delighted and confused my palate. I give them credit for trying something different but hops and fruit isn't exactly the greatest blend.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad - but not distinctive either. Has a fairly good balance of malts and hops. Pleasant and clean, but not great.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
While I can search and perhaps find some malt sweetness, the hops bite is killing the back of my throat so much I can't hold on to it, in fact I can hardly speak. Let it warm... quite a bit... oh that's much better, there is some balance after all; not quite enough but much better. Takes a "commitment" to finish one of these, but somehow I kind of liked it.