zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thick white head and very little carbonation. Definite citrus aroma with a strong hint of grapefruit and hops. Good citrusy flavor upfront that gives way to a strong hoppy bite and a slight peppery and bitter finish.
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark straw colored, with great head and great lacing. Aromas of lemon, hops, yeast, and pronounced grapefruit. Tastes extremely hoppy (as hoppy as Tupper's and Sierra Nevada), with citrus hints. Finishes very smooth, hoppy, citrusy, and slightly dry. I'm going to do a side by side with this, Sierra Nevada, Tupper's, and Stone's. When that happens, I'll post in the forums. A hall of fame IPA.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Frothy, creamy, white head. Copper see through color. Hoppy aroma--can smell cascade over everything else--grapefruit. Decent maltiness calances okay with the strong bitterness. Solid IPA. Aftertaste lingers with slight bit of alcohol flavor.
rajendra82 (1041) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a golden amber body that displayed a slight chill haze. The head was initially about an inch thick and creamy, and settled down to a carpet of bubbles and left a good amount of lace going down. Lively carbonation was quite nice. The aroma was pretty mild for an IPA, with a floral, delicate hop smell that reminded me more of a Pilsner. Taste was very balanced with caramel malts, sweet and tart citric tones, and spicy to floral hop bitterness. It lacked the quintessential “bite” of an IPA, but was a very pleasant experience. Medium creamy mouthfeel with a dry aftertaste. An easy drinking IPA that has enough complexity to keep things interesting. Nice trade 123456green.
Beaver (1635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Avery IPA pours a yellow-orange with a lively, thick and sticky white head that laces the glass on the way down. A thin head lasted for the entire glass.
Its aroma is of strong hops with citrus / grapefruit notes. Very appealing.
The taste is huge on the hops! The hops balance nicely with the citrus tones. Not too long ago, I probably would have thought the hop bitterness was over the top, but now it is very nice.
It is medium bodied and very drinkable. Overall, an excellent IPA. It reminds me of Stone's Pale Ale, but I like this better.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice copper color with a extremely creamy off-white head. Lacing is very good. Heavy cascade hop aroma. Flavor is very citrusy and floral. Decent balance between malt and hop. Good body. A decent IPA.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Amber color with smallish head when poured in a St. Bernardus tulip glass. Beautiful floral hop aroma. The flavor is a sweet floral bitterness that is just incredible. Nice dry finish. Had it again @ Blind Tiger through Randall, which I didn't care for. Had it again on Randall and still didn't like it.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This IPA pours with an amber body topped by a thick off whitehead with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is bitter, hoppy and woody with soapy notes and, well, it smells like ass. The flavor is equally shitty and very bitter. Medium bodied and slightly dry.
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
great citrus aroma. wow, thick tan head poured out of the bottle. a little dark golden color, looks pretty good- smells way better. hops hops and more hops. this is good, i like this beer. not as good as lost coast ipa, but very good. smell is the best part of this beer. bottle looks cool too
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden color with a dense off white head.
The aroma is big and citrusy that screams off the wall hops.
The taste is citrus hops all over the tongue with enough malt to give it depth. I say that is well-balanced for an IPA.
The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a dry finish. Drinkability is only hurt by its intense dry and crisp finish, the hops bruised by tongue, i think.