FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden color, vey clear fro the bottle. Very nice off-white to white head. Lite malt aroma with stong hop aromas. Earthy to grassy in aromas no to very little yeast aromas. Strong hop bitterness with malt just to balance.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Orange coloured. Nice very hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with lots of fruitiness and bitterness. Tasty.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice pale orane color with the yeast adding a richer bronze color. Head is pale in color and generous, very dense. Aroma is characteristic of what I expect from this beer...huge perfumey, citrust, mixed fruit cup, Centenniel hop aroma. The yeast aroma is subdued. Solid bitterness, tasty orane hop/malt interaction, slight residual malt sweetness fights with the bitterness on the palate. Body is med/full and is swept away slowly by the bitterness. From start to finish the maltiness envelops the rest of the flavor characteristics. The bitterness smacks at the initial sip and remains throughout the beer and creates a cleansing finish accentuated by perfumey, ethereal hoppiness. The mid palate is dominated by the orangey malt/hop flavor interaction. The layers of flavor and complexity are amazing and intense. I could probably make this score a 5 if I rated this based upon the real ale version.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale peach color with a generous fluffy white head. Citrusy, piney, pineapple aroma. Flavor is very fruity, Citrus, piney, grapefruit bitter with a long dry citrus zest finish. Hoppy, but well balanced. Light smooth palate.
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This is a great IPA. Orange mid-dark color. Amber and red tint and a nice white head. As soon as I poured this beer I was overcome by the hop aroma and then later the hop flavor. Floral hops characterize this beer as the dominating gustatory trait but there is so much more. Mid-range bitterness brought out some tasty pine notes. Great IPA and really awesome bottle art.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
slightly hazy orangey golden color, fluffy tall white head. aroma is floral and perfumey hops. flavor is strong hops, mostly bitter, but also balacnced with sweetness that is just far away form being too strong. nice full carbonation but not too much. finsih and aftertaste is not too bitter either.
tennisjoel (1196) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 2nd Rerate: I just wanted to mention that out of a 10 beer IPA head to head taste test, IMO this beer came out on top. Quality...quality...quality!!!
Rerate: I had to rerate this as it is such a great IPA. Top notch. I believe this is comes close to Alpha King and is one of my favorite IPA’s. And I can get it at MGM, so it’s in my neighborhood.
Liked the head on this beer. Great taste; had the IPA bitterness to it, but not too strong. Orange color with floral hops present. This is one beer I could enjoy over and over. Original Score: 4.1
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light golden-copper in colour with a thin white lasting head. Arome was of floral hops, some orange citrus, pale malts and almost sickly sweet. The flavour was of floral hops first, orange and pine near the back of your mouth, some light malts - becoming earthy. Soapy bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. This must have been an older bottle, I have to get a fresh sample and rerate this.
UnsofistaCat (239) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
More of Belgian golden ale look to it then an IPA. Orange with just a trace of amber. Perfect head with picturesque lacing through out my gulping. Very hoppy smell with a slight scent of evergreen fir. Very hoppy, almost too much for my personal liking. As it warms a tad, the malt kicks in to balance the bitterness out a little. Like others, I detect grapefruit in the finish. Very well done.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 I really enjoyed this IPA. The aroma is full of citrusy hops with a slight bit of crystal-esque malts. The initial taste is full of hops but the mouthfeel and general balance make it not overbearing. It’s smooth and fairly light-bodied. The finish is crisp and leaves a nice grapefruit essense behind. Delicious.