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!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 GABF ’05. Clear golden body. Orange-PNW hops with a spicy leafy element. The flavor brings about grapefruit flesh with acidic hop spiciness. Light crystal malt. Great hop taste but there’s not much else going on.
Bottle shared by Blake: The flavors are about the same but they’re enjoyable; very bright and crisp.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much better than the Yellowtail. Pours clear orange with a white, fluffy head. Aroma is all hops and grapefruit, with the advertised malt. Taste is very hoppy, but with a sweeter bitterness. It tastes liek someone added malt to the Stone IPA.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was quite surprised by this brew. I tried their pale before and hated it. But they have completely redeemed themselves as a brewery with this beer. Big hoppy nose and a sweet bitterness that lingers on.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#8 on the line-up at my tasting party. a very nice IPA. pours a golden anber with a quickly fading head. grapefruit & pine aroma with flavors of the same with a nice balance of caramel malt. seems to start out medium-bodied yet tails off and seems thin? overall a well done IPA.
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 Nice to find a relatively well balanced IPA like this one. The body is a very dark gold. The light aroma has oranges, bread crust and some buttery character. The taste is bitter grapefruit with some bread. There is a finish that is fairly bitter. I would still like a little more malt and caramel in this one. I tried this again and gave it the same overall score. I like it, but it is not extraordinary.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - (thanks Foolish_Mortal) - Aroma is strong with floral hops and a touch of malty goodness. Pours copper with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor isn’t as hoppy as the aroma leads. It is actually quite malty with the hops kicking in later. Palate is crisp and sour. Very well balanced easy drinking ipa.