ElGaucho (2120) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very floral and hoppy in the nose. Piney and perfumy. Visible particles in the light brown body. Off-white head. Beautiful lace. Head is a little diminishing. However, this is an attractive brew. Full bodied and very good. Although it has a strong hop profile, it is quite smooth; almost cask-like. I could drink this all night long, and as such it obviously has good session quality. Almost perfect.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orangey color. Aroma of hops dominate. Taste is woody and hoppy, but good malt backbone to balance. Good carbonation and a nice example of a West Coast IPA.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap@toronado. the first beer i tasted after getting off the plane from sydney and hitting every bit of turbulence on the way. it was a good start. reddish with an aroma of chicken curry cooked in a rusty wok. not way complex but pleasant cascade tang and quite bitter
heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 I got a lot more sweetness on my latest rate, but still, a solid IPA. Wow, my newbie days rating is not fair to this great beer. A nice aroma of grapefruit with some light pine and flowers. The taste is strong grapefruit and bread crust with some almonds. Very soft and refined mouthfeel. I agree with my old rating except for crticizing an IPA for being hoppy! Original rating follows. Another from this brewer that did not impress me. Pours from the bottle with a deep gold and orange color. Had a large off-white head. Nice to see an IPA that actually had a decent long lasting head. The taste is orange peel with a little sweetness at first. As it warms, it becomes pine and soap. If I had this again, I would prefer to drink it fast and have it cooler. Thanks civforprez.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. Pours clear golden orange in color with a nice white head. Light and clean hop aroma. Enjoyable. Has a big hop flavor with bitterness. Hops linger to the end. Really Good.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 The aroma was fairly light, but could smell a little hops. Had a very sweet taste for an IPA, but nicely balanced with the hops. The beer had a nice full texture in my mouth. A very drinkable beer. I like it! I’d definitely buy this beer again.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz Bomber. Pours a clear golden color with a white head. Light clean fresh hop aroma, nothing assertive. Flavor is big in both hop flavor and bitterness, yet lets the malt sweetness shine through. The malt seems to coat the mouth nicely. Hops linger to the end. I am liking this....
0o9i (436) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 On tap. Honey colored, hazy, no head or lacing. Honey and flowers on aroma. Well balanced, honey sweet, flowery bitter--fantastic!
Bottled. I’ve also had on tap in Healdsburg. Cloudy, honey body, sparkling lightly and topped with a small, creamy head that laces quite nicely. Nice, strong aroma of hops, floral, sweet, citrusy, pine, inviting. Medium-full body with light, foamy-creamy carb. I taste sugar, grapefruit rind, pollen, flower petals, pine, wood on finish. Long, moderately bitter aftertaste and my stomach attests to the hop content of this beer. Alcohol is transparent.
1more4dessert (315) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
outstanding, nice foamy head, all the right hop nose, cut grass/phosgene, nice astringint finish. Had Head to head with Anderson Valley HopOttin last night and this one wincs hands down
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy aroma is citrusy (orange) and grassy. Lots of hop flavor, but good supporting malt. Medium body. Lingering bitterness. Very nicely balanced IPA.