fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed this, but was somehow expecting more. Guess not more hops as they were present and accounted for. Perhaps a better interplay with the malt. I dunno, maybe I was just played out on the pallet as it was after some big beers in a tasting. Most certainly willing to go for another to get another better opinion.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer as it emigrates from the “Brown Bomber” to my special mug a transpicuous deep amber color and no slight is intended to that master of pugilism, “Joe Louis” who was the real “Brown Bomber”! The head is modest in its stature, the texture spumous and the color a beauteous light tan with the resultant lace a silky sheet to cover the glass. Nose has a mild hop floral spiciness at the front with a sweet malt middles, the back is fresh and crisp, and start is ambrosial with a nice malt presence, which leads us to the middling top. Finish is benevolent in its acidity; the hops survigrous in their spicy bite, droughty aftertaste continues the spicy floral bite from the hops, a quaffable brew, and a palate pleaser. I’m always quite impressed with their labels and think them an excellent brewery.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle: Clear bronzed honey. Sticky foam that falls into patches, but hangs around indefinitely. Brown sugar coated hop aroma, with grassy and piney notes. Grapefruit alcohol is noticeable as well. While the palate is soft and delicate, I feel it is a bit one dimensional: piney sap and smooth, but missing any interesting carbonation. An orangey malt presence keeps this one interesting, reminiscent of Tang. A light honeyed bitterness offers a long, clean finish. Overall well balanced and tasty. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for the opportunity.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge hop aroma as soon as the bottle cap came off. Poured a clear light copper with a thick lacey off-white head. Some light caramel malt is hidden beneath the fresh piney hop nose. Starts with a good sweetness and balance, but starts to get overly sticky, bitter and dry toward the finish. Still has good flavor to it. A nice IPA, thanks rodolito.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Really good session IPA. In my opinion, the best beer Ballast Point makes. Nice golden color with hop & floral nose.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent IPA, but their is still something about this brewery and their beers that I just don't like. I can't put my finger on it.
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Bistro 6th Annual IPA Festival (August 9, 2003). Dark golden color with a laced tan head. Smooth hop aroma with a crisp malty finish.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange color with an off-white head. The nose was of caramel and malt. The taste was more malty then hoppy, as was the finish. I would have prefered more hops in this beer. I liked the fact that the head lasted a long time and it had a real pleasant malt flavor and it would make a real nice session beer. I just expect more hops in an IPA.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light amber with a medium rocky off-white head. Big grapefruit aroma balanced by a hefty sweet malty aroma. Flavor is mixed grapefriut and sweet malt. Not as hoppy as other west coast IPAs but quite nice. Body is medium and dry.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with yellow edges. Pretty good IPA, tons of hops in the nose. Toasted hops in the flavor, some citrus and clove before a bitter bitter finish...definitely a treat for the hop heads.