Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dark Elf for this sample. 22oz bottle: pours copper with a rocky white head. Smells of pine, roses, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and a touch of fresh cut grass. Tastes slightly bitter with some nice citrussy elements leaving a first impression before fading to give way for some pine to pop up. Mouthfeel is smooth. Not a hint of Alcohol. Finish is bitter and lasting. While all the tastes are there, they could be more balanced. This one is nice and hoppy, but lacks the complexity and bite of my favorite IPAs. Still a very good above average sample.
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bomber from a guy who worked the Ballast Point booth at the GABF. Pours a typical IPA golden copper color. Head hangs on for a while...white and pillowy. Whole lotta citrusy hops in the aroma. Flavor follows suit...very tasty, but nothing that would distinguish it from any other good IPA. Lingering bitterness in the end....fitting to the style, and sometimes that’s not a bad thing.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 2005 bomber from Herbjones, consumed on 11/23/05 with SuIIy. Clear copper with rusty peach tinges. Large initial white head is very well retained, foamy and light creating huge clumps of lacing on the glass. Plenty of bubbles rising. Smells of floral hops, honey and a bit of light fruitiness (oranges and tangerines). Light touch of pine trees and some slight caramel notes. Flavor shows caramel and toffee, light pale malt sugariness with light, moderately bitter piney hop flavor. Moderate carbonation, while forced, is not sharp or prickly. Though the body suffers a bit from filtration, the flavors are perfectly executed. Caramel and highly flavorful hops play off of each other, while light fruitiness continues to add complexity. No alcohol notes present. I think the extreme freshness of this beer really aids its presentation. Mountains of lace are confusing, as filtered, force carbonated beers never tend to lace well. No stale, or papery-dry notes from the filtration. Not the most complex example, but flawlessly done. Thanks, Bob!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a light amber/dark orange color with a big foamy head. Nose is nice and hoppy, pretty sweet and a light caramel malt. Taste is more sweet then bitter and hoppy. The hopps are there though, some light malty caramel and a finish of slight bitterness.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy glowing amber with a thin off-white head. Big hoppy aroma mixed with thick sweet malt. The malt over took the hops as the beer sat and warmed. Malty flavor starts it off with nice citrus hop joining in and lasting a long time. Moderate bitterness on finish.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle. Golden clear colour with a nice lance head. Fresh fruit and citrus in the aroma. Very nice flavour of citrus. The finish is very bitter and dry. Overall very pleasant.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey hued amber color and moderately clear with some very slow bubbles within. Nice tall cap of ivory fluff sits on top after a medium pour. Laces very well with rings of left over patchy foam and broken sheeting, some thick, some thin.
Aroma is heavenly plump with a high ended but well rounded citrus tone of lemon and orange peels surrounded by a parched and toasted grapefruit and slight piney bittered residue coating. Carries a partially sweet under tow of malts leaning in a candied melon and caramel aura. Tends to pick up a bit of grassy spices as it warms.
Taste is mildly crisp and clean with a very tender and easy bitterness to its hop tone. Toasty controlled parts of citrusy hops and malts really take a step towards a quick drying parchment as it cruises across the palate leaving traces of dried lemon, grapefruit, orange peels, and lightly spicy grasses along with a high grained toastyness of added bittering bite. Maintains a fairly balanced approach in the bitterness but takes a bit of an overload of the toasted dryness. It squeezes alot of dryness in while keeping just a nudge of sweetness underneath keeping its all-together firmly set hop tone of drying bitterness from going too far. It seemed to change balance from certain sips to others with the parching dryness as it warmed.
Feel is calm and smooth with a clean, unwavering medium body and a yielding tone of bitterness. Dryness is apparently the dominant characteristic, but tends to change some as it warms. Piney, parched finish with a slightly sweet and toasted background.
A firm standing IPA. A pretty decent showing thats drinkable to the extent of getting use to its overall parching dryness that tends to fade in and out as it warms.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and mellow nose, some sweet malts and hop aromas. Straw with slight copper hue with not much head, but good thick viscous. Rich hops fill your mouth and settle in the back and sides. Flavors of dry hops linger.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Poured from a 2005 bomber, this beer pours to a thin white quickly dissipating head atop a golden orange body. The aroma is very hoppy. Mandarin oranges, nectarines, Maris Otter malt? The flavor is tons more malty with some balanced leafy hops. Oranges and crystal malts, Maris Otter in here too? Pretty well balanced. Not really what I think of for IPA because it’s pretty malty, but this is really tasty. The palate is spicy, bitter oils, lasting mouthfeel but that’s not a bad thing in this case, medium body, chewy. This is pretty good. I’d drink it again. 8, 3, 8, 4, 16= 3.9
Resampled on Dec 4th, 2007. The beer pours to a glowing amber body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is grassy, pine, and spruce hops with a nice toasty pale malt. Seems like flaked barley was used in this one. The flavor is piney, grassy, and decently balanced with simple pale malts. Bitter resinous body.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, polished brass in color with a thin saliva wisp for the head and nice bubbly lacing as we go. Big heaping of fresh centennial hops leading the aroma, beefed up by accents of orange rind, grapefruit skin, peaches, nectarines and Orange Crush soda. Crisp, bracingly hoppy and well balanced. This could give some double IPAs a run for their money. Flavor nuances seem to concentrate on sour oranges, grapefruit juice, papaya enzyme and herbal roses. Bitter. A tongue chafer. Finishes like fresh cut grass and herbal potpourri. Just a well made IPA, and the first one in a while that wasn’t bottle conditioned. Thanks to tpkenned for the bomber!