DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF ’05. Clear golden body, white head. Orange-citrus and light caramel malt in teh aroma. Bright, hoppy flavor with lemon-lime citrus; quite bitter. Basic crystal malt backing. Great hop flavor on this one. Spicy, resinous finish.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2005: Clean golden hue with good lace. The nose detected some citric fruit, piney, dusty yeast, and butterscotch esters. The taste was pineapple and fresh hops with a bready background and metallic finish. The feel is firm, crisp, and dry. While it was enjoyable and refreshing enough, I still felt it was missed that spark. Surprised to find out it is a IIIPA and 8% ABV, I didn’t detect that.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(GABF05) Clear straw body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, grapefruit, light pineapple -- quite bitter. Light-medium body, light resin.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Bistro Double IPA Festival. Medium golden color with a diminished head. Lighter than most of the other double IPAs I tried this day. Some bitterness at the finish but somewhat of a disapointment.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(on tap @ Cato’s) beer a resonably bright, pale amber with a short white head that laces well. initial hop aroma immediately swallowed up in a huge wave of Diacetyl. flavor is much the same, with a sickly buttery sweetness barely balanced by the mass of hops. the beer absolutely covers the mouth with a slick pad of butter that gets worse as you drink it.
I wasn’t going to rate this beer, as I considered this an aberration, but figured I’d let them have it after they ignored my very polite e-mail about the problem. there is no excuse for letting beer this bad out into the market.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
big diacetyl nose that seems to be at extreme odds with the beer. not a reresentative example I am sure from a normally very good brewery.will rate a gain
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro 2XIPA Fest. Medium orange color. Small head. Aroma is malty, orange and floral. Lots of buttery flavors. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. A touch of orange and grapefruit. Lots of buttery flavors. Hops are piney, citrusy and grapefruity. Touch of alcohol bite/oiliness. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. OK, but a slight off taste.