jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange coloured body with a thinnish white head. Aroma of curacao, sweetness and an odd meaty scent. Medium-bodied; Hoppy taste-good malt but less hops than expected. Aftertaste clean and fresh-no reminder of the hops at all! Thanks to jeffc666 care of MilkManDan for this beer! I sampled this 65 cL bottle at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ginger colour. The nose is very aromatic - packed with pine resin hop attack - and quite aggressive, but I like big hop beers, so that’s fine with me. Not surprisingly, it’s hoppy on the palate too, but more restrained than the aroma and there’s even some pale malt in the background. Consequently, the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and not at all astringent. Well balanced and quite classy. Bottle at DC gathering.
TheBeerGod (5347) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Bottle courtesy of ??. Copper body with a small off white head. Aroma is blissful! Nose is comprised of strong hoppiness, light pine, some sweetened notes and light fruit.Great hop flavor with a balanced malt sweetness coming through. Pine and orange peel coming through and even a watery brown sugar note in there. Great stuff! Mild oily feel to the bitter bodied beauty. Finish is more hops - pine and light citrus with a lighter maltiness coming out.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour with a gargantuan head, very rocky and with much lacing. Some lime in the aroma, but rather muted for an IPA. Orange copper in color, lots of tiny bubbles. Nice flavor. The centennial hop is probably not my favorite, but is rather juicy, reminds me of biting into a cactus. Sort of an aftertaste of a margarita. The malts are certainly there, and the backbone of this brew maes it a winner. Thanks to Dark Elf for the sample.
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized white head, good retention with a nice stringy lace. Clear copper color. Rather large nose of pine and citrus. Medium body brew. Lightly sweet malt notes up front followed by plenty of c-hop action! Lightly fruity. Finish is dry with some toasty malt notes. Thanks to SDbruboy for the trade!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Sparkling orange, fizzy white head. A-typical west coast aroma of strong pine, grapefruit and orange zest, with additional sweet notes of caramel and light toffee making an appearance. Standard S. Cali hops hit up front, but a nice sweet malty balance ensues. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, crisp, hopped up finish. Would make for a nice session IPA in my book....
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 ReRate. Woo Hoo - a shipment just arrived in Northern VA. Like snorting/drinking liquified Centennial hops - still awesome.
Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Clear amber with an off-white head and lots of suspended particles. Great citrusy hop aroma. Taste has plenty of grapefruit, pine, resin and a ton of hops backed up equally by a ton of malt. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel was very full and round. Awesome IPA.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Me likey. Lots. Clear light copper. Nose a bit soapy, but stuffed full of citrus and pine. Great hoppy character, heavily perfumed, very citric, nice bite of orange zest. Beautiful malt backbone, sugary sweet, wonderfully balanced. A great IPA.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 #100!
Much thanks to Marc for this beer! You kick ass, man.
Poured a clear amber with a thin white head that left a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma has a pungent kick of hops. Taste has a strong hop kick up front, but amazingly smoothes out in the mouth with a clean malty finish. There’s a slight lingering hop bitterness that stays with you. Extremely refreshing, and very delicious.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mildly sweet with a nice grapefruit, bitter hop bite. Very nice and refreshing.