Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium amber color. Surprisingly light aroma hops and no hint of malt in the nose. Flavor is dry and hoppy, but becomes a bit sweeter as the glass warms. fair head formation; fair to poor retention and lace.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fat toffeeish butter in fashionable orange and grapefruit zests…Dusty earth undermines the stout sweetness and somewhat oily body…A resinous bitterness meets slight chalk and then retreats into dry lemon wedges…Good flavors but lack of cohesion for my tastes…
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber body, smallish white head. Sweet candy aroma, butterscotch, vinegar and oily character. Different to say the least. Taste is mildly sour, buttery, grapefruity with trace of lemon and a restrained bitterness. IPAs are not obviously not my favorite style and this one appears to me even simpler than most of its brethrens. Rather thin bodied too. Sorry Psychprof!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a big frothy head that tightens and stays around. Nose is Floral and pine with a bit of malt character. Taste is dominated by fuggles hops with some nutty malts underneath. Full mouthfeel and with a dry bitter finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orangey amber with a decent white head that reduced to a ring and thin film of bubbles. Piney hop aroma with a hint of honey. Predominant hop flavors give this a high pucker factor but it's a little light on malts for my liking and finishes watery. Moderate body and carbonation.
ClarkVV (5658) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 2003 bottle. Bright coppery-orange color, with some light red and yellow tinges. Head had a reddish-orange tint to it that was quite unique. Lots of it, and moderate lacing. Sediment left in the glass. Aroma is VERY floral; perfumy, lightly phenolic almost. Orange blossoms in there too. Flavor immediately is full of chewy hops. Light pine, light orange but mostly a bitter floral flavor. Bitterness is not overdone but very detectable. Mouthfeel is fluffy, almost creamy. Slightly more than medium body. Big dose of medium-dry caramel malt comes through halfway in and plays with the orange flavor quite well. Finish comes as close to being as astringent without actually being so as I’ve tasted. Nicely bittered, with some earthy/tree-sap dry notes. I found myself swirling the beer around in my mouth every drink; surprisingly complex. Wow. I will certainly try again. Aftertaste is flowery, lightly bitter and wonderfully lasting.
2004 on tap. Flavor was not quite as exciting as I remember, though it still had a nice spicy complexity.
2004 bottle Had a very fresh bottle, which proved to be both highly flavorful, and well-balanced, but there’s a bit of a lack of complexity. I can’t figure this beer out.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange color, sediment, white head. Mildly hopped with an orange citrus feel. Sharp earthy orange peel bitter finish.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
interesting aroma--largely hops, but a sweet grape-like scent is deep in the nose, might be the fuggles. bright tang is the first taste, which gives way a little to some maltiness, but then it finishes bitter and hoppy. not quite what i expected; it's definitely a british-style IPA, because an america IPA would have far more cascade/centennial character. it's well-balanced, but not great.
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
looks good, smells fine, but too bitter. It's nice how they say what malts and hops they put in; I guess I'm just not a Fuggles fan. really nice at first (good body/mouth feel), but once it hits the back of the tounge i couldn't taste a finish other than the hops.
3fourths (9104) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very bright and sweet cascade hop aroma, like spiced peach and apple crisp. Slightly murky light orange appearance with a very foamy head which globs to the side of the glass like soap suds. Stinging bitterness on the tongue is the most noticable feature, the flavors are light and maybe subdued a little, but this is a nice light, woody IPA. Finish is quite dry. I'm beginning to appreciate American IPAs from areas other than the West Coast, as they seem much more balanced, with the right amount of British-tasting malts to even it out and let the beer be hearty without being over-the-top.