JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 12oz bottle: Crystal clear medium yellow color with smallish pure white head that dissipates a bit quickly. Aroma is fairly malty, with notes of honey, apricot, white grapes, and subtle herbal hops. Flavor has fair amount of toasted malts, with bit of vanilla along with a touch of herbal hops. FInish is solidly bitter, with a nice round palate. A decent brew, balanced and subtle, not quite like the newer westcoast IPAs that really smack you in the face (which is a bit more how I like them!) but still good.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice tasting IPA that is not lacking flavor or character. The assertive hop bite is definatly present almost too much as there seems to be a bit too much bitterness for the malt (my god I am hop head and I just said that?) Overall it really kicks the tastebuds in and is a nice representation of a western American IPA. Beautiful color and head formation.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A flaming bright yellow tint in this one with some nice head. Smells like hops. Has a floral hop dominated flavor, yet seems to be watered down. Uninspiring, though I expected alot from this one, so it remains slightly above average as compared.
JorisPPattyn (7808) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour: yellow with gold-copper shine throughout, hints of Chablislike green; thick white, luxurious head but disappearing rather fast.
Nose: full-hoppy aroma, not metallic or overpowering, slight wet cardboard taint, also DMS (?)
Taste: Amazingly nice hoppy taste, much more flavour than real bitter taste; hops seem more UK than USA character.
Aftertaste: retronasal aromas of cypress, crisp finish. each gulp gives renewed helping of fresh hops, always with this cypresslike flavouring. Hops keep lingering at the tonguesides.
This beer is in many aspects an epitomizing of American IPA, were it not for the character of the hops. Very drinkable for all its hoppiness.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 I love the hop bouquet Avery uses in many of their beers. This one is Hog Heaven's little brother. Pours light golden orange with big bumpy white head. Wonderful hop aroma and flavor, but it overrides the malt a bit so that there's not a crisp malt finish. Still some malt sweetness in the background to add blanance. All in all a fine beer.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one pours a deep golden yellow color with a small, lingering white head. It has an aroma full of floral hop spiciness. Medium bodied, with a nice piney hop flavor, slightly bitter finish, and a lingering malt sweetness. This is a solid IPA, well hopped but not overly so, with a decent malt backbone. I could drink this frequently.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2003 Pours a medium amber with a luscious-looking head; very slightly cloudy. Aroma doesn't quiet convey the full effect of the hops that hits you with the first taste. Wow, this stuff is supercharged with hops. Immediate grapefruity taste with an interesting suggestion of pine quickly following up. Lingering citrus aftertaste. Very nice palate with a decent body. Not especially heavy so it's easy to put one of these away without feeling bloated. Super-dee-duper!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not very interesting. Basically a big balst of pine-sol and citrus and then some loose grainy malt trying to keep up. I lot of flaming edges (hops, carbonation) - very little to ground or center the brew.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
1/10/03: bottle. very rocky head which reminded me of ricotta cheese. very heavily laced. way to hoppy for my taste. i can appreciate the fact that this may be a nicely crafted beer, however, i simply cannot stand the taste. on a brighter note, i do love the label on the bottle.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice beer, a little light in malt and hops. Again a nice beer, but nothing special.