elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a small head, nice floral-pine-malt aroma. While you're certainly aware that you are drinking a west coast style ipa, it has more sweet malt and fuller mouthfeel than most. Enjoyed very much, I'll definitely buy more.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thick full bodied and very malty IPA. Strong hoppy aroma. Bitter-sweet flavor. The hopps are great but the sweetness really makes this stand out as a unique IPA.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen, but it's fresh, believe me. As the cap farted when I opened it, the smell of hops was right there. Almost took my breath away from the freshness of the hop aroma. Poured out a cloudy, hazy copper color, with a rather fast fading cream colored head. It left more than a decent lacing down the sides of the glass however. Aromas are of those powerful hops, Colombus, and Cascade brings up the rear. Slightly overdone on the hops, but a refreshing beer all the same. Slight caramel in the nose as well. Grapefruit, piney, resinous hops make up the bulk of the aromas in this beer.
The tastes are of grapefruits stuck on pine needles, and some maltiness, but the hops are the real star here. Really hoppy burbs follow this beer on the way down. Finishes really bitter, with a long-lingering aftertaste of Cascade hops. A really nicely done IIPA, but needs a little more malt to balance it out, IMHO.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 2003 bomber. This is about as borderline double IPA/ regular IPA as it gets. Anyways it’s incredible. Wonderful Orange, red, golds, all the good stuff you want to see. Hazy, small white head, sediment and tons of lacing. Smells extremely juicy of nice rich, fresh hops. I just love when it seems like you can almost taste the soil these hops grow in. Mineralesque, fresh, bitter (of course) lovely. Elegant floral smell and flowery, creamy body. Finish is about as balanced as it gets without being too neutral. Great malt sweetness gives just the right amount of balance to a slightly more dominant hops. Man it’s so hard rating these very top tier IPAs, they are all so magnificent. Medium full bodied and an interesting nutty, chewiness at the end of every sip. 2004 draught @ sunset grill. Still as good as I remember. Juicy, huge depth of hops, very sweet, but balanced, somewhat more watery on draft and less aromatic, but to be expected from the keg.
2004 bomber Blind tasting. Previously being my favorite IPA, I picked this as second after the Smutty, which I had never tried before. Huge amounts of citrus in the nose, but it’s a rounder, juicier, lighter sort of citrus; like sweet mandarin oranges. Very juicy and quite watery, with only a medium body. Some light toffee notes in the background, but not quite the balance I’m lookin for. Though, for a West Coast IPA, they do not overdo the hops, which is probably why I enjoy it so much. I generally don’t care for most West Coast IPAs. Light yellow-gold color, hazy with a large white head.
October 2005 draught at Publick House. A chil-hazed honey to marigold looking beer, with a fluffy white head, great retention and lacing. Smells of unripened tangerines, tart lemons and some tea leaves, with a bit of herbacious essences and finally some sweet honey/pale malts. Still a stand-out aroma, I think. Flavor is dry, perfumey, citric and very well balanced. Does get a bit too strong with the hops bitterness and lightly syrupy-sweet malt though, in the end. Still the hops profile is rich and flavorful and the malt, while not the most exquisite, is nonetheless very well done. Same score.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very good IPA but still not the best. However, I would never pass an opportunity to try this again.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is also one of my favorite beers. Upon first taste you are hooked and it is hard to give up. The taste and apearence leaves you desireing your next drink. Keep it up boys...
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep amber color with a medium-sized white head. Had a watery mouthfeel and a hoppy and citrus flavor.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice amber color,Medium sized off white head that lasted for a decent amount of time before fading to a nice lace.The aroma was malty and sort of sweet with a nice citrusy side and piney tones to it.The flavor was much the same malty and very hoppy with a nice fruit side to it,slightly heavy feel in the mouth meaning a bit syrupy but not to bad the finish is hoppy and over all i'd have to say just a nicely done brew.Well worth having a few of these around for later sampling.
kwoeltje (2151) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2003 Deep amber. Nice hops aroma. Well hopped, full bodied IPA with a good balance. Not as one-sided as some "imperial IPAs"
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden in color with a small white head.Citrus/piney aroma and flavor.Bitter/sweet, long lingering bitter/hoppy finish.