Cobra (1100) - - AUG 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date noticed. Poured out an exceptionally clear golden yellow color. Fast fading off-white head left a thin lacing on top of the beer. Aromas right away of Cascade hops. Some maltiness also detected. Fresh cut grass aroma as well. Tastes a bit metallic at first, then the hops kick in. A weak malt backbone struggles to keep up with the hoppiness of this brew. Coats the tongue with a syrup-like consistency. Finishes bitter, and slightly metallic. A good beer overall, but the metallic taste detracts from the overall experience.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge aromatic hop aroma quite orangey, very nice. Feels nice on the tongue, lowish, but persistent carbonation. Good caramel malt flavor. Nice lingering finish with malt and hop flavors coming together as one.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 Gold-copper, color with a fair amount of carbonation. Strong flowery hop aroma. Some orange and a hint of spice as well. Flavor is more piney and resinous. Could be better balanced. Hops linger forever through the finish.
haddon90 (1559) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Reminded me of the Stone IPA. Very VERY hoppy. Nice head with the pour and a good deep golden color. I highly recommend this! Had this in Steamboat Springs.
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly darker than straw hue, small head and good lacing. Piney and grapefruit aroma, undertone of spice and herbs. Starts off bitter hop, grapefruit tang. Mellows out on finish, smooth for an west-coast style IPA. Dry and lively mouthfeel, thin to medium-bodied. I'm surprised but the low average score, I'm found this to be a very approachable beer. Recommended for hop-heads and non hop-head alike.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden amber color. Strong white head. Floral to grapefruit aroma. Then came the hop attack. It attacks the tongue and never surrenders until the wonderful citrus aftertaste. Still a very smooth and appetizing beer. Another outstanding beer from Avery, well done.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden color with white head, nice citrus and floral aroma. Well balanced between malt and the citrus and floral hops. nice bitter hop finish, not the hop monster like some IPA's, but a very pleasurable drinking experience nonetheless.
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2014 Prototypical pine resin and grapefruit American IPA. Texture is a little rough and the carbonation brash, but Avery has improved it in recent years. It’s clean and snappy and not loaded with dark malt like so many.
AleDale (4) - USA - JUN 19, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is Hog Heaven's little brother. Very nice IPA. Columbus hops are fantastic.
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I just tried this and it was just great. What a smooth IPA, with a really nice finish. I'll go out of my way for more of this, a very nice ale.