Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. Big hoppy aroma. Very nice flavour with lots of hops. Very dry and bitter finish. Refreshing.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice light orange color and makes a really thick frothy head. Aroma is light caramel malt, bit of citrus orange. Flavor is excessively bitter, very one sided, only subtle hints of what were suggested in the nose are available as the bitter bitter hops rue the day... it is actually kind of harsh and unpleasant. The bitterness is really long lasting. Medium body, leaves a slight coating on the palate. Sadly, the harsh characteristics in the flavor just don’t do it for me. I’ll take the Maharaja over this one 10 times out of 10.
broad (3) - champaign, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great IPA! Straight hops! No aftertaste, very smooth. Not so much like beer but like eating hops! :)
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden, creamy off white head. Initial grapefruit aromas get followed up quickly with notes of earth, caramel, and lesser notes of pine. Had an almost 60 Min IPA nose to it. Well hopped flavors up front with no real bitterness to speak of, soft sweet caramel backbone rounds it out. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter-sweet, drying finish. Drinkable for sure, but definitely not a top notch IPA...
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent IPA! Ranks up there w/ Bell’s Two Hearted in my book. Supercharged hop taste and aroma, strong and slightly grainy sweet malt backbone. Have to give points for the great label art, as well. A real pleasure to have and to drink, this one.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur cuivrée aux reflets orangés, apparence presque translucide, absence de mousse, quelques grosses bulles savonneuses. Écorce d’oranges et chaire de pamplemousse blanc en arômes. Beau malt crystal et une touche de grillé sous une dose bien balancée de houblon à caractère floral et amérisant. Corps semi mince, texture légère, carbonatation bien présente., finale amère passablement longue et sous contrôle. Bouteille partagée avec Joce et Léo, 24 Juin 2005.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6544) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2015 I love a good IPA but found this one to be a little lacking. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a light bronze color with a small creamy white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a strong fruity hop presence. The mouthfeel is crisp and sparkling. The flavor is sharp with spicy and fruity hops. Long finish. Well done!
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet hops with an average bitterness. Everything ties in well together for an above average IPA. Not quite in the elite class of IPAs, but still can’t complain.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Resinous, citrusy, piney, grapefruit aroma. Very crisp and upfront aroma. Hop flavor overshadows the malt but the malt exists as a pillow foundation for the American hop flavor. A medium body, no acidity that I would expect from an IPA but rather a solid bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel. One of the more distictive and flavorful American ales around.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light floral/hop aroma to go with the gold color. frothy, lacy head. Bitter front-end. Not too complex.