JorisPPattyn (8124) - 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 (925) - 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.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden straw colored body with a white head. Some lacing.
Hoppy taste with little evidence of a malt backbone.
Smooth on the tongue. Slight sourness in the finish.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very enjoyable IPA. Pours out to a dark gold, almost amber color in the glass. Aroma is that of grapfruit. Mostly hops in the taste, as per the style, but remarkably balanced. Nice hoppy finish.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big, long lasting, pillowy white head over a light amber body. Lots of lacing. Very piney hop aromas, spruce and juniper. Medium body, bitterness really hits hard, but balanced fairly well with sweetish caramel malt. Finishes quite dry with a big lingering bitterness. Missing the juicy cascade aromas and flavors I love in my favorite examples.