bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper body with some floaters. Large and rocky white head. Lacing.
Floral aromas abound. Fuggles is obvious.
Juicy hops. Malt with a hint of fruitiness. Hides the alcohol well.
Medium-bodied. Slightly chalky mouthfeel.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I've had this beer twice and was surprisely impressed both time. It seems to me that this brew is underrated - now @ an average of 3.17.
Has a good hop aroma, flavor with a good amount of bitterness. Not too over the top and very drinkable and fulfilling none the less. Medium body with nice carbonation and slight maltiness to it.
Appearance is slightly cloudy with yeast floaties that still didn't shy me away. Good IPA.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nothing special here. Simply put there are better IPAs out there. This one is mediocre at best.
thedm (4998) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew poured a small head of off-white mostly lasting fine to medium sized bubbles that left a good lacing and a transparent yellow orange colored uncarbonated body behind. It had a typical IPA hoop aroma and a smooth hop mouthfeel with a less that usual IPA jop bite. The flavor was a typically strongly hopped IPA one.
jgb9348 (4925) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper in colour with a thin white head. Piney hops in the aroma with a subtle citrus smell as well. Medium-bodied; perfect for an IPA with a clean hoppy taste. Almost perfect hoppiness level, not as much as west-coasters, but very good. Nice maltiness to balance the hops. A pleasant hop bitterness rests on the palate after the last sip. One of the better IPA's i've ever had! Overall, better than the average IPA and should be tasted if it's available to you! I had mine from a 500 mL goblet served on draught at the Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck, Michigan on 14-August-2003.
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Fruity,gummy nose. Typical cascade scent. Clear lite yellow/orange color. Pour so sediment went in seperate glass. Sour apple,orange hops with a toasty malt flavor. Bitter finish. Fuggles punches up the finish. Lost on color which was kinda dull.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Nice English style IPA. Nice dry bitter bite to it.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep hazy orange-copper color, huge frothy off-white head that clings to the side of my glass, sweet citrusy hop aromas, resiny grapefruit flavors, some what thin with a watery mouthfeel and a bit unbalanced it is lacking malt balance, finishes harshly bitter.
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Ashley's in Ann Arbor after the MIBG Fest. Red-golden-amber colour. Nice herbal/floral aroma. Solid orange and grapefruit flavour, with enough malt to give a good balance.
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange, I thought I had rated this, but when I was going to compare my Imperial IPA rating to the basic IPA, it wasn't here. Lucky for me, I had a bottle in the frig. Orange copper hue with a rocky white head and good lacing. Nice floral and piney aroma, some toasted malt and grapefruit tones. Starts out bitter but, as I remembered correctly, quickly smooths out to a good balance. Hops do linger slightly on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fizzy and dry, crisp. Medium-bodied. Easy to drink compared to many American made IPA's, more akin to the fine English ones (like Fullers and Samuel Smith). Recommended.