alobar (2588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost no aroma. Copper color with a soapy head that lasts. Hoppy IPA taste, but weak. Seemed watered down. Nothing exceptional here.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a decent attempt at an IPA but nothing that great. I had it at the beer festival in split rock yesterday so maybe my tastes were a bit off.
Nejhleader (1167) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
your pretty standard IPA. nice bitter finish good hops. semi-hoppy aroma. nice colour to it.
rajendra82 (928) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy trails came to me in an attractively labeled, brown, 12 oz. bottle, with a bottled in February notch. The look was a shade paler than a classic American IPA, but still quite attractive, especially due to a high clarity. The head was two finger thick, and generously foamy at first, and left some spidery lacing while diminishing. The aroma was floral and herbal hops, with a touch of popcorn like diacetyl. The taste was more APA than IPA, as the beer was rather highly attenuated and lacked a solid malt backbone. A distinct citric bitter snap typical of an American IPA was absent as well. Instead the hop varieties used were more earthy and spicy in character, and (what I believe to be Ringwood) yeast imparted a distinct funk. Not a bad taste mind you, just not on par with the great and lively IPAs we have come to love. Mouthfeel was solidly medium and aftertaste clean but nondescript. There were not many typical hop laden burps to speak of. A clean, middle of the road IPA, that does not take many chances. Comes across as a sessionable, but unexciting brew.
morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of ABC’s hoppist beers (Barleywine is close to it by IBU’s). Has a nice amber color, is also nicely balanced with a hoppy aroma and kind of a citric finish.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a clear (see through) medium amber color with a small sized lightly off white head. Aromas and tastes of citric hops (oranges). Medium to light bitterness with a lightly sweet balance. Average IPA.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unimpressive. Hoppy and balanced but nothing stands out. I’d drink it if I were at Appalachian again, but only when they ran out of their barleywine.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper/dark straw pour with hop aroma. Tastes hoppy, with a solid malty backbone and a smooth finish. The body is a bit lighter than the all-time great IPAs, but I wouldn’t turn down another of these any day of the week.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
They kind of overdid the malts in this - body was sweet and medium thick. Most of the hop presence was in the finish.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the brewery; amber with nice head and good lacing. Good aroma with malt and hoppy, earthy and slightly sour. The hops are slightly cirtus and piney and I found a light malt character with a slight roasted flavor which gave a lighter body than I expect in an IPA. The finish is smooth, though I think a bit too smooth. This is a very drinkable beer and I look forward to another trip to Harrisburg to try the next batch.