papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 8/21/02: Real nice IPA. Not the hoppiest, but it has some zip. Nice sweet malt in the background. It would be a quaffer, but for the 7% ABV.
4/9/05: Initial aroma is pine forest. Orange amber color with a moderate offwhite head. Flavor starts fruity (apricot, orange) turning light grapefruit bitter and finishing kinda dry and orange rind bitter. Medium body, smooth witth moderate carbonation.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy nose. Loads of PNW hops. Beautiful head and lace. The palate does seem a little light considering this beer is 7% ABV. Very smooth and hoppy. The finish is long and hoppy. Very dry. If the beer had more malt and hops it would be up there with Victory, Stone, and Tuppers.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy and quenching. A well-balanced, quality APA.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hello hops! Almost got knocked out just smelling this fine brew. Best one I had at the 2002 Oregon Brewers Festival. I feel this brewer is diverse in taste, as everything I’ve had from them is different and great. Wonderful beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Could be the most pine-resinous IPA I’ve yet had. Yes, as claimed in the commercial description, it is sweet, a bit in the aroma, and more in flavor. Yet don’t call this one as balanced as some of its kindred bretheren...oh, no, Hopheads shall rejoice. This brewery is really outstanding. I think I have to get the apparel from the website...so far I only wear Lagunitas, Sudwerk, Cisco...and now, Bear?
tbissell99 (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
psychpunk99 (13) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer. Nice head and color. Left me too full to sample anything else!!
pivo (2556) - GERMANY - JUN 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops galore in the nose and taste. Supported by a full, sweet maltiness. A clean profile that goes from 0-100 very quickly. Not complex, but fantastically aggressive. Great west coast IPA, particularly in you are a hop-head like me.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber. Sticky, super dense vanilla head. Moderate carbonation. Toasted butterscotch aroma mixed with pine, citric hop notes. Not overly hoppy in the nose. Creamy and rich and smooth with a thick malt base and building pine, citric hop mix. Immensely balanced. Not as hoppy as expected, but more than adequate. Large yeast pour integrates well and leaves no chunks. Turns sweeter as it warms. Gains a bit in the creamy malt department. Pine flavor increases as well. Finishes thick and filling, yet still balanced. This is good, but so filling and heavy.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Draught @ Papago
The beer as it’s poured straight from the tap a cloudless golden amber with the head a majestic crown of white, creamy in texture with a fine sealing coat of lace upon the glass. The floral aroma of the hops greets your senses first, followed by the sweet fresh malt sweetness; start carries on the malt sweetness to the middling top. Finish is perky in it’s acidity, the hops potent and pleasing in their spicy bite, desert dry aftertaste, and one “damn” fine IPA in my books, and one I always keep on hand in the bottle and a great example of a California IPA.