methtlcai (10) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This IPA looks pretty nice with good head retention, although not the best I’ve ever seen. The aroma isn’t that strong and is kind of grassy/herbal. The taste is better, but still has a little metallic twinge at the end which is kind of unpleasant. However, for an IPA, this is nice and hoppy, actually very hoppy. Worth a try
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange pale, apparence semblant filtrée, faible trace de mousse non adhérente à la paroi du verre. Arômes de houblons très floraux, pétales de fleurs, terreux, biscuit grahams. Beau malt biscuit, houblonnée et résineuse. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince à moyenne, carbonatation bien présente, finale amère et légèrement sèche témoignant clairement le houblonnage à froid. Une bonne IPA différenciée de plusieurs autre bière du même style et même régions par ses houblons à caractère terreux et floraux. Bouteille partagée avec Joce et Léo, 24 Juin 2005.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells like blueberries, really. Head not real good, but it has an extremely strong hop flavor, which is nice. Certainly a top-notch, hop-heavy beer, if you’re an IPA kind of guy. A faint metallic finsih is its only downside.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a copper hue. Smells of hops and mild malt, also notes of oxidation. Hops come on strong but lack any floral complexity. This was unusally bitter for an IPA. A fruity hop flavor shows up after the swallow but lacks a real hop punch throughout this beer. . Overall a mediocre IPA. Try a Goose Island or Tyranena instead!
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a orange/copper hue with an off white, two finger cap. The nose was hoppy; consisting of pine needles, spruce, citrusy lemon zest, grapefruit meat and a hint of wild flowers. Beneath the hops, the malt was caramely sweet with some pleasant toastiness as well. Very nice! The taste had plenty of good things going for it as well. Hop bitterness is fairly strong and raw. The hops really shine with pine needles, spruce, grapefruit rinds, and a healthy dose of wild flowers, especially in the finish. Beneth was a stong malty backbone that created a perfect balance as it warmed. Nicely consistant from start to finish. This is a work of art.
Ebonheart (12) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice change of pace afterdarker brews, doublebocks, and barleywines, this IPA fits nice at the end of a meal or a drinking evening. Very hoppy, yet not pungant, it fits the mold of a good drinking IPA.
MattShizzle (572) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2012 This is my favorite beer. Nice and strong, really hoppy. Love it. Unfortunately, every once in a while the local distributer doesn’t have it. Never found another IPA quite as good.
Gmku (296) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ahhh yes. This is one of my IPA faves, ranking with Alpha King, Two Hearted, and Mad Hatter. Love this stuff.
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Great floral and citrus aroma, with evenly clouded golden appearance. Strong taste of overbrewed tea, with highly floral taste. The hops bitterly assault the senses, while it is simultaneously watery. Horrid. EDIT: this product is far better on draft, but does not have the aroma of the bottled sample I tried. It was also very biscuity, but not horrid in any way. score adjusted.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve probably adjusted my entering of ratings to make this my 500th. I had no choice, it was part of international night of swill, I wasn’t going to bring in 500 with a Carib or Club Colombia. Anyway, thanks to Blankboy for this one. Very strong citrus aroma. Orange pour, creamy white head. Very strong hop taste, creamy mouthfeel (yet slightly lacking in a decent base to the whole thing. 7%? Really? Very good, and I’m sure seemed that much better compared to what we were trying that night. A pleasure to share my 500th with jerc, greg, and blankboy.