BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a light orangish amber with some slight haze and a small white head. Aroma is bursting with citrus: tangerine and grapfruit with some slight earthy hop notes. Some background sweet malt made its way into the nose as well. Flavor is of hops hops hops. Citrussy, floral, and grassy with a mild fruity ester profile. Pleasant full bitterness from the hops with minimal astringency in the dry finish from the high hopping rate. Caramel sweet malt flavor to complement. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. For a regular IPA, I have not had better. Refreshing, easy to drink and yet wonderfully complex and interesting.
frankenkitty (1981) - 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 (1100) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - 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 (2044) - 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 (1514) - 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 (1481) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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 (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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.