frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber/brown bodied with a small, off-white head. Grapefruit and floral hops dominate the aroma with a malt presence that I wasn’t paying too close of attention to. Moderate bitter flavor throughout with a touch of sweetness at the end in a citric finish. Flavors lingered after a flat yet oily mouth-presence.
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MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Sweet floral hoppy aroma. Bubbly copper body with a medium head and plenty of lacing. Flavor is also sweet and hoppy. A touch of carmel maybe? The bitter hop taste is prevelant, but the sweet aftertaste makes for a smooth drinkin brew. Slick and sticky at the same time. I could drink a lot of this.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored with a HUGE foamy cream colored head. Cascade aroma, strong pine resin. Bracingly bitter, grapefruit peel with some sweetness in the middle but dominated by hops. Nice!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice IPA, nice big West Coast IPA, West Coast Hops, West Coast Good. Nice earthy hop aroma, very smooth around the edges.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Nice dark gold pour. Big citrus hop nose, that tended to obscure maltiness. Maybe too big a nose for a standard IPA. Medium malty body, maybe overpowered, imo, by too much of the cascade-style hops. Nice strong bitter bite at the end. As for standard ’bjcp’ IPAs go, this beer is unbalanced. But its damn good none-the-less.
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with a small white head, some racing. Lots of hop aromas make this a straightforward IPA. Smells like a loaf of fresh-baked bread, some soap and some faint citrus which is more present in the taste. A full-on hop bite kicks off the palate, but from then on it is smooth sailing. Hops are showcased throughout the palate -- and on this brew, who cares about balance? Very good, drinkable and hoppy effort.
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark gold color with little to no head. There are some big chunks of yeast that are quite unappealing. The aroma wasn’t as powerful as I would have liked but there are some minor grapefruit and citrus notes. Strong hop bitterness but countered by a good maltiness. There’s a strong syrupy sweetness that makes for medium to full body. Really good IPA.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 On tap at brewery....YEEE-HAWWW! A hoppy beast of a beer! Typical copper color with full head. Wonderful hop nose....pine, citrus, floral. Then WHAM...what a great hops taste...just wonderful. Can’t even describe how much I like this stuff.
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with a beautimous big rocky foam head over a copper/orange body. Nice restrained hop aroma. The flavor is well balanced ... gristy hops that are earthy and fruity at the same time with a nice chunky backdrop and a bitter lemon twist of a finish. Awesome.
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Served at 48.5° in a Duvel tulip. The beer is orange with a 3/4" white head. This is bottle conditioned and you get some sediment in the 2nd pour. The aroma is hops heavenly. Wildflower honey, citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon), perfume aromas with a touch of pine. The taste is sweet malt, citrus, pepper, pine with a good, stiff bitterness. The finish is dry, with piney flavors. Nice mouthfeel. A very well done IPA.