DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 reddish bronz with creamy randomly bubbled froth..
Aroma sang hoppy with fruitiness, tad bit mango, maybe peach, and a tad citrusy like a squeeze of lime,
down hill from there
bug-eaten hops progress positively to the highest point allowed but still manage to finish below a good IPA hoppiness..malts fall behind, and fail to balance the not-so-great hops..which doesn't help..but its not as bad as i let on...its pretty ok
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2003 Pours a dark golden, maybe copper, with creamy white head, slowly dissolving into a nice lace. Aroma is almost all hops - a lot floral, pine and citrus on the nose, backed with a slight maly presence. Initial taste is a little sweet, some caramel present, middle is smooth and light, end is full of hop goodness. Medium body, dry ending.
Suttree (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
To me, this is the poster child for west coast IPAís. It represnts what is closest to "typical" for this type. This is a good thing. Hops dominate the nose, and is the first thing you taste. A little bit of caramel to finish. Looks good in the glass. Cool label. A benchmark.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper color. Clear. Nice creamy head. Aroma of cascade and centennial hops and sweet crystal malt. Strong bitterness. Full citrus hop flavor. Sweet caramel. Malty. Great balance for a West Coast IPA. Medium body. An excellent beer!
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 This gets the bronze in my own personal california beer olympics in the ipa catagory. Just behind stone and alesmith.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral nose with a sustaining white head. Lots of oily hops with a bit of malt sweetness. Nutty resinous finish that dosent quit.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good IPA, nice hop aroma with and almost chewy (though not quite) on the palate. Really nice hop finish, a very enjoyable beer. GABF 2002
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, deep golden/orange. Decent head, bit of lace. Niceee nose. Citrusy, flowery hops with underlying sweet malt. Very bitter and hoppy, a touch of plastic? A bit thin and lacks very little malt sweetness to counter the BIG bitterness. Not bad, just not enough balance for me, would really benifit from a little more malt IMHO.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Zap…Pow…Zang!!! This is one intensely hopped IPA that is a must try for hop lovers. Very spicy, oily hop flavor with a LONG lasting bitterness. Itís like you took a big bite off a NW pine tree. Enjoy.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprised to see this getting such a high rating. Iíve been drinking this for awhile and never felt it was anything to write home about.Citrusy aroma. Medium body. A slight hop bitterness at the end.Good but not great.