Kinz (3470) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy light orange, beautiful lasting head. Aroma a burst of resinous grapefruit and pineapple. Flavors followed the nose, with good balanced malts in there as well. As it warmed, fruits became less pronounced and bitterness stepped up, along with some nice caramel notes. A very good beer.
Pabobcat (15) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wondeful beer! Nice nose, more clear than cloudy. Nice citrus taste upfront and a little a bittery finish!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 This brew pours with an orange amber body topped by a medium thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The hoppy aroma is sweet and has a nice citrusy (lemon and grapefruit) note. A touch of pine is also noticed in the nose. The hoppy flavor is slighlty sweet with a nice citrus note, a piney bitterness and a piney, hoppy finish. It’s medium bodied and relatively smooth wiht a slight dryness.
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
woody, outdoorsy aroma, light brown&dark orange colour. clean tasting, not as agressive as other ipa's i've tasted.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Lofty, dimpled head with nice lace. Medium orange hue. Mild carbonation. Seemed to be watery up front, but became smooth and thicker toward the finish. Overall, lightish texture on the tongue. Very spicy hop aromas (pine, spruce tips, citrus, solvent). Doughy, cookie-like malts with a mild sweetness. Hint of yeastiness in the flav profile. Hops were also hot, spicy, citric and bitter. Bold and assertive beer. Overall, nice & flavorful.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at the brewpub in Healdsburg. What a great IPA! Perfect coppery color with an excellent medium perfectly white head. Great lacing. Aroma is very, very hoppy. Smells like grapefruit with light pine notes. Taste is similiar to their Hop Rod Rye but with more piney hoppiness. Also, nice bitterness on the tounge after the swallow. Fairly big bodied, with a clean dry finish. I enjoy this beer at least 2x per month. One of my favorite everyday beers.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: standard IPA appearance - copper to bronze with white head. Nice floaties! Spicy hop nose and aroma. Kind of an odd blend of hops for a California IPA, more spicy than citrus. Big at 7%. Not really one of my favorites.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a very lively head. Hops all over the nose with touches of honey laced oranges. Nice balance between the malt and extra hops. Finish is nice and bitter, just what I wanted!
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good description - that of the slight twist from standard IPA. Not wildly different, but much maltier than I'm used to and delicious hops. I would let it move in to my neighborhood and even come over for dinner, hang out, watch movies. Mmmmm .. tasty!
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 ReRate-22oz bomber-pours a light orange hue with a huge white head and vigerous carbonation. Huge fresh hop aroma comes rushing out of my snifter from a few feet away. I looked at the bottom of this bottle and it had alot of sediment. This bottle wasnt fresh, but damn, this beer held up so damn well! great lacing! Great citric tones of grapefruit, tangerine and flowers. some pineyness in the finish, but not overly bitter-sweet pale malts have a firm balance here. Wonderful!
22oz bomber-wow, when i cracked this thing open, the sweet hops came right at my nose! aroma was very nice, but much the same from the hop rod rye they make. flavor was full of hops from start to finish, but the malts did come through more than i thought they would. a little one dimensional, but thats fine with me, since im a hophead!