muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the Fenway Park location. Slightly oily medium amber, lasting head and thick lacing in the glass...dry-hoppy nose redolent of bitter herbs, dry grassy, faint dried fruits...very bitter initially in the mouth, hints of light apricots, fairly juicy and lightly malty...bit burnt tasting towards the end but this is much better than most samples Iíve had here.
Holdwine (1125) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Fenway. Decent IPA. A nice dark orange brown pour. Enough hops to make you notice without choking you. Good firsat beer of the day.
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask - Hazy orangish body with a wonderful creamy white head. Nice grapefruity aroma and well blended hoppy taste. Soft carbonation.
Tap - Head was smaller and not as creamy. The body was the same color, but less hazy then on cask. Similar aroma to the cask conditioned. The taste and carbonation was more sharp. The hoppy taste was more immediate.
Overall I enjoyed the cask conditioned version better, but both tasted great.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Fenway. Bright golden orange color, medium head. Hoppy aroma, oranges. Lots of fruit in this one (oranges), sticky pine and resin, solid caramel malts. Finishes rough and bitter. A decent IPA overall.
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask January 2005 Canal St. Bright rusty yellow body with some light orange/copper tints and a thick, creamy white head. Fruity, almost candied citrus notes greet the nose, while there is also some sweet caramel. I always prefer drinking American style IPAs on cask, as I think it helps cut the hugely dry hops bitterness. This is no exception, as the creamy body adds much sweetness and the hops are kept under control for the style. Sweet caramel (much like their Hercules Strong ale) mixes with citrusy American hops. Quite juicy, with a good medium to medium-full body and very low carbonation. Aside from the novelty of it being on cask, there is nothing particularly exciting here.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish orange with a medium size head. Citrus scent. High bitter and citrus flavor. Very fresh taste. This beer is better than what others say.
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewpub, Ok nose, pine/citrus (grapefruit/orange) mix. Orange color, clear, small head. Bitter flavors, grapefruit, nutty/woody thing, litte soapy. Medium body, soapy/metallic aftertaste. Tasty, but in a one sided way. Little malt boost would improve greatly. I donít like that (self described) soapy/metallic thing.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2004 A nice strong IPA that flourishes on your tounge again and again. An almost metallic taste, but bold. I reward it with points for its confident strength without reaching too high. Sampled again, Autumn 2004: I continue to like the way this beer sits in the glass, and by appearance alone seems to have decent heft. A slight apple-pear aroma? Liked its texture and classy taste.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Salem: Clear orange color with a thin creamy white head. Citrus aroma, starts and ends bitter. Full bodied. Long bitter-sweet ending.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Cask conditioned Copper in color with fragrant hop aroma.Dry with a strong bitter finish.7/4/4/4/17
Re-rated 1/3/04 Deep golden in color with a large white head.huge citrus aroma,piney,grapefruit.Creamy/silky mouthfeel.Bitter,hoppy and a nice dry finish.