ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this brew in a large bottle. Fresh hoppy nose of citrus, spice, pine, and spruce. Pours a clear medium honey golden. The large tight creamy white head is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The flavor starts warm, toasty and spicy. Acidity level is moderate to heavy with just a flash of sweetness in the middle. The finish is long and fully bitter. The medium dry palate is soft to lively and finishes very astringent. I love this style so it’s not too hard to make me happy with one of these brews.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bitter like a Pyramid IPA. OK stuff. This brew lacked balance and complexity.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lot of citrus in both the aroma and the flavor. Nice bite on the finish. A good IPA.
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark yellow. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily bitter, lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. Very citric, grapefruit-juicy. Not my thing, but good for what it is.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great looking head that is just waiting to be soaked up. Nice hop and malt balance. Good Colorado IPA.
fraternie (843) - 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 (5288) - 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.