fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Hugest Head I have seen. Even after the first pour and I knew what I had to do, I couldn’t pour this beer slow enough. There was actually head just sitting in the bottle waiting to come out. It was like I was drinking a root beer float. And what it left behind, I wouldn’t call lacing... more like Head stuck to the glass. Aromas were classic IPA citrus, grapfruit and vanilla, but the flavor was quite a step up. Very smooth and sweet with the same citrus grapefruit and vanilla, but some added sugar and caramel. Very Very Tasty. Thanks to SuIIy for another great beer.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice aroma of lemon and tangerines. Pours a thick, cloudy brown amber with thick head and oozing lace. Rich, malty mouthfeel zapping with lots of citric hops. Quick finish. A real nice IPA. Thanks Brad!
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for this trade!
This started out as a gusher, all creamy off-white head that took a while to settle down in the glass.
Slowly, a murky medium amber beer assembled below the long lasting head above.
Piney hop aroma was joined by some floral honey notes.
No infection apparent in the flavor though, decent malt but not really enough bitterness to balance it out for a higher score. Medium mouthfeel. This came across more as an APA than an IPA, but overall, a drinkable brew.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely aromatic spruce resin, weeds and grapefruit nose. Hop fueled as the label indicates seems to fit for me. While this is usually not my style (not much soft and rounded biscuity/toasty maltiness), it looks awesome and doesn’t feel as one-dimensional as most contenders, probably thanks to an efficient bottle-conditioning. It is murky, copper, covered by a fully laced off-white head, initially gigantic in size and still more than fair after several sips. Starts moderately sweet, in a caramel syrup kinda way, but evolves quickly toward the massive hoppiness, no watery edges, firm bitterness, well rounded palate, captivating and without influencing acidity. Good stuff.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my Secret Santa for this beer.
Pours a voluptuously effervescent amber with a very large frothy off-white head. Pungent pine, grass, and grapefruit aroma. No mistaking the hops here. Taste has strong grassy earthy tones and a sharp citrus hop bite, with a full sweet malt backbone to support it. Nice body. Awesome IPA.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful unfiltered and rusty bronze in color with a speckled, bubbly grey head. Hop smack aroma, tree sap, lilies, honey, caramel and a prevailing trait of dryness. Flavor rolls in with a nutty, red ale style malt complexity. Hops are at the forefront, bristling with a tree bark-esque conjecture. Age has made this a sophisticated, borderline strong ale. Undertone accents of spruce, toffee and pecans. Palate encasing and smoothly balanced. Finishes with honey and hops. Special thanks to Styles for sending this one my way!
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle via Pailhead . a murky rust color with a massive foamy head that took several minutes to subside. very sticky on the lips without much sweetness on the tongue. a very dry bitter finish. IMO the carbonation was too much.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color with a small off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops, perfume, pine, and caramel malts. Taste of citrus fruits, caramel malts, nuts, and a bitter grapefruit finish. Thanks hopdog!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle ’04. Poured orangew with a HUGE tah head. Lots of hops in the nose. Along with citrus and sweetness. The flavor was hoppy, damn made me pucker up. But, there was flowers in the upper palate, as well and orange and spice on the tongue. Mouth feel, to me was just right. Thanks again to Mike.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head was HUGE (careful). Huge foamy white head with excellent lacing atop a murky orange, rust colored body. The aroma oranges, flowers, other fresh citrus, and a light malt. The flavor is sweet caramel malts, pine, lime?. Mostly caramel and pine. The palate is a bit to "thick" for an IPA.