Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
BIG grapefruit aroma & flavor. Really dry to the palate. A solid drinkable IPA but I don’t know if it would be the first IPA I’d grab off the shelf. A bit one dimensional.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 trappist / yum! i haven’t had a beer in awhile and i grabbed the right one for a refresher. sweet and bready aroma; hint of pineapple, orange, pine, and bready flavor. good, smooth and easy palate. ahh, yes, an american session ale. UPDATE 3/19/05: snifter / mmm! pine burps!
lamas (1433) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a light-orange with HUGE off-white head that leaves plenty of lace and tons of little white floaties. Aroma is of grapefruits and hops. Taste is light and fruity. Starts with a touch of sweet malts and the bitter hops quickly kick in. On the thin side. Toward the end of the glass the thinness is very apparent as this smells almost like swill beers. Not bad, but not worth trying again.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is a very strong suit here; head and retention are spectaculiere. The rest is pretty solid, but not especially impressive. Mild flavor profile, slightly watery. A small step above Goose Island’s offering, but not a giant leap for IPAkind.
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice light amber pour with a lasting disappating white head. The body is a little light on the malt to balance the extremely hoppy overtones. The hops give the beer a grapefruit/citrus taste. Dry and bitter finish.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Wawood for this one! Pours gorgeous orange/amber. Aroma of fresh-cut equatorial pineapple and hibiscus flowers. Tastes like grapefruit juice with sweet orange. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced in weight, texture, and carbonation with this uberhopped monster. Again, thanks Wawood!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light bronze with a creamy head and awesome lace. Avery knows how to give it’s drinkers good head! Mellow hops that are mostly citrus and flowery. Some orange and the crystal malts give a good backing. The grapefruit comes out for the citrus in the flavors. Nice hop bill. Again it is nicely balanced. The malts are not too pervasive. Tangy with a lingering maltiness on the tongue which finishes bitter.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a solid session beer. A great 6% brew that I could drink every day. Strong hop aroma. Light coppery pour with a white head. Taste is hop dominant, but still maintains a sweet malt backbone. Very well balanced, even as bitter as it is. This one’s up there with DFH 60 minute as far as NC beers go.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...didnt expect this to ’pop’ as much as it did. has an even tempered nose with cascade hops dominating the olfactory’s. i was dying to get back to rate it so i cold see the abv...(not on the bottle.) not too much over the norm, and definately not up in the 7% with all those other ’big’ ipa’s . huge citrus orange flavor, some nice pine tree notes, and slight grapefruit/apricot feel. good over all contol of bittering at the back of the palate balancing very smooth and flowery . interesting, it never got too bitter even as it warmed. a great surprise and an outstanding ipa. why the hell didnt i buy more??
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden orange color with big, airy, quickly disipating cratery head. Aroma of stong sweet hops and grapefruit. Strong bitter hops bite acompanied with a nice maltiness. Give me the hops burps. The body is thin and a bitter lasting aftertaste. Strongly carbonated to give the hops flavor an extra kick.