fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 Strong grapefruit aroma. Hops come in powerfully in the finish but do not completely balance the overly sweet and sour notes of the malt. An interesting and innovative IPA but seems to have somewhat of the same balance problems that Avery’s much worse off Hog Heaven Barleywine experiences.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap GABF 02: Burnt resin aroma, clear light amber color, fizzy oily mouthfeel. Besides the burnt aroma/taste, I enjoyed this beer.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Re-tasted 5/27/03 Orange color. Medium head. Aroma is citrusy. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. Hoppy, crisp and clean. A nice IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
------- gold color, Large enormous head. Hoppy and slightly malty. There is an off-taste to this beer, overly hopped? Something spoiled? Mouthfeel is full, very hoppy. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is hoppy and bitter. Need to re-taste, could be a BAD beer.
AleConnoisseur (29) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an awesom beer, it has a large quantity of hops in it and smells great. You can taste malt in it as well, this is a great beer with a great after taste
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Another update: The profile on this one keeps shifting on me. The latest samples exhibited full-on PNW citrus, totally unlike the herbal ones I had earlier this year. I won’t change the rating, because it is still superb. Update: I rated this one a little low, actually. Over the past few years, I find myself seeking out Avery IPA whenever I want a classically Western US IPA (Stone being unavailable in Maryland). A beer which earns such loyalty should be rewarded. I have found that the profile of this beer has evolved over the past few years (or was it my impression which has evolved?)--the overwhelming grapefruit of the older samples has gently yielded to some other, more herbal, more complex citrus, hop flavors. I think this beer is really a classic. Old: 3.9 Sept. 9, 2002. This beer is a tribute of sorts to the Chinook hop. Intense grapefruit flavors on light malt. My suggestion is to let this one warm up a bit to allow the malt flavor to release. When sipped while the beer is cold, you will find it tastes rather like grapefruit juice.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is average, color is golden amber. Nose is very floral and citric. Citris and hops dominate. Definitely buy this again.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent IPA. Copper color.Nose is hops,hops,hops.very middle of the road. I’d drink it again but would not seek it out.
dins (266) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent hoppy IPA.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very similar to other West Coast IPAs. Very hoppy and lighter in color than I like. Body is similar to Hop Otin with even less body. A good one for those who like very hoppy without much body.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice IPA! a hoppy west coast treat....what an IPA should be from start to finish.