HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (650ml). I’m very, very scared of this one, but non-hop-head or no, here I go. Poured slightly hazy amber-gold with a huge foamy-creamy light straw-coloured head. Aroma - hops. Lots and lots of fresh, strong, citrusy hops - resiny, grapefruity, there’s malt in there too, and yeast notes, but this one’s about the hops (definitely plural, this is a hop medley). Taste is ... well, hops! I get hints of roast malt, oak, resin - but heck, the taste follows the nose. I like it. A tad acidic mouthfeel, and it’s probably average mouthfeel for an IPA. Hey, I like it a lot - I’m still an Impy Stout lover, but give me this beer paradigm on a summer’s day. Doesn’t make 4 only because it seems a bit of a one-noter.
blankboy (6509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly dark orange with a large lasting frothy white head. Aroma of HOPS! Look, it’s Bear Republic, you know going in that it’s going to be hops, hops and hops -- and I love it! To me more specific the aroma is of fresh citrus hops. If you thought the aroma was hoppy, strap yourself down before you take a sip because the flavour is a hops smorgasbord (hopsgabord?) Even with all those hops there’s just enough malt to make it a very well balanced and enjoyable thirst quencher. Oh Bear Republic, have I told you lately how much I love you?
tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heavy white head and lacing as well. Orange in color. Aroma is a little light, although I detect some floral and grapefruit. This one is hoppy but not really that bitter. Very smooth. The only flaws I see here are the faint aroma, which could be due to the large head size, and it maybe is a little heavy on the grapefruit. Otherwise a very solid beer. Seemed to improve as I drank this more.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Pours slightly hazy with generous carbonation and a HUGE , tight head that keeps it form in a mountain 1" above the glass rim. Super citrus, pine and light caramel aroma. Very floral and enticing. Big bodied and resinous. Great hop flavor with a finishing bitterness that shows all of what it’s rated at. Good IPA. Columbus is nice but lacks in fineness compared to some other aggressive American hops.
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, from Riley’s in Madison. One of the best values in a beer I’ve found in awhile, only 3.69 for this big bomber bottle. Pours a nice thick head. The aroma is delicate and very floral. Flavor is nicely malty to balance those aromatic hops. The beer continues to get better as it warms up, the delicate hop flavors become more pungeant and flavorful. Mouthfeel is medium sticky, fairly warm feel. A great bargain and a great brew all around.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber. Pours a hazy orange with a thick, long, very long, lasting head. Very light aroma for an aggressively hopped IPA or else it is just hard to detect becasue of so dang much foam. Nicely carbonated. Aroma is that of citrus, freshly cut grass and a touch of spruce. Nice hoppy flavor. Bitter at the beginning with a somewhat dry finish. Very nice IPA from the west coast! Certainly worth enjoying again!
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber: Pours a burnt orange color with a large bubbling white head. Upon pouring this beer sweet hop aromas fill your nose, citrus and pine galore! Flavor is sweet hops, with perfect bitterness and a nice malt balance.
thehinge (283) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Saying this has a lot of carbonation is an understatement....gobs of white head on this one. Tons of lacing. Orange-gold in color. Aroma has hints of lemon and spices. Caramelly, malty front end with a hoppy, spicey finish. This was excellent.
Hopheads....go find some!!
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Orange-gold out of the bottle with a big, fluffy head. Aroma of hops and fresh-cut pine trees. Smooth hop taste that is tempered by the malts. A toned-down IPA that still has a strong hop flavor. A nice change of pace for hopheads.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow/orange color with small white head. Hoppy aroma, with lots of grapefruit. Flavor is hoppy, with a bit of malt, but the balance definitely falls on the hops side. A good IPA