SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy amber color with medium off-white, thick head. Inviting aroma of caramel malts and piney, citrus hops. Complex flavor of sweet malts and a balancing of hops. Wonderful mouth feel, creamy carbonation then giving way to the intense hop finish. Really a good IPA - well balanced sweetness with the over the top hops. Now one of my favorites!
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of looked like the color of the sun, yellowish orange. An adequate amount of head. As anticipated it had a very nice citrus coated christmas tree aroma to it. These factors, along with some select malts are present in the overall taste, though bitterness shines through. A nice IPA.
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - APR 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange amber color. Medium head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney and malty. A medium bodied IPA. A big, bold, hoppy west coat IPA. Hops are very prevalent, bitter, grapefruity and piney. Balanced by nutty and sweet malts. For a west coast IPA, its only slightly overbalanced towards the hops. Perhaps a touch too bitter, but a nice drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is bitter.
TAR (2490) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 Light pumpkin. Retentive, sticky, and dense dirty white foam. Phenol galore aroma, with round conifer underpinnings, dough, mint, lemon jelly, toast, and leaf. Exquisite expansive carbonation; soft and slightly resinous. Piney hops emerge before a more than substantial toasted malt backbone which, in turn, resides to a satisfyingly coarse, piney finish of startling balance with lush caramel shadows. Coniferous overload abounds each belch. Maybe the classiest example of a west coast IPA. Certainly, the most balanced. I can see how many hop heads would view this as being too simplistic, but it’s tasteful elegance is what I love about it.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange color w/ small, rapidly-diminishing head. Malty aroma with nice citric hop qualities. Some sweet crystal malt aroma and flavor. Firm bitterness that lingers. Medium body. A nice west coast IPA.
OldGrowth (2662) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 From the bottle. Nice nose. Centenial all the way. Golden color. Bitter taste. I like it. Clean, but bitter finish. Another winner from B.P.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color, small head. Pretty bitter. Somewhat balanced between Malt and bitterness. Citrus flavor. I would have like to have the citrus flavor without the bitter harness.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of lemon & grapefruit in the nose. Clear golden color w/ a quickly diminishing head. Lots of hops up front that taper off to a smooth finish.
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice rich and rapidly vaporizing head greets you immediately upon opening the bottle. Nice deep amber and a fairly present hop aroma. The beer goes down smooth but doesn’t have the tangy punch of other IPA’s I’ve been with. A good beer although it doesn’t make my "Great" list yet.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2010 Hazy amber,lasting beige head.Salty citrus hop nose.Light earthy start,nice citrus mid.Big ctrus/bitter end lasts forever.Great balance.Good lacing