tennisjoel (1209) - 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 (282) - 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
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Im surprised, but I didnt really find anything special about this beer. Kind of bland. Pours a yellow orange with some foamy white head. Smells of some citrus and flowers, but there is definitely a metallic presence as well. Tastes like citrusy hops, mixed with some sweet malts and nuts. Weaker than expected aroma and flavor, that is why I am giving it a mediocre rating. Medium-thin body with lots of bubbles.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Both draft and in bottles during latest west coast tour. Pine sap aroma almost knocks you over: might as well be walking through the lumber section at Home Depot. Absolute knockout, I’d say better than Bell’s Two Hearted.