deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a beer! With a appetizing floral aroma and moderate to above average lacing. This beer is so good. In appearance very cloudy, with a very complex taste - full of citrus, malt and others that I cannot identify. The bitter flavor is strong but not overpowering. This beer finishes dramatically with a nice robust fresh hop flavor. This is absolutely, in my opinion, second to none.
SpringsLicker (3115) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A huge head exploded from the pour filling the glass. The creamy head slowly melted into a clear honey colored beer that gave off a beautiful orange citrus aroma. Malt and hops are intertwined in almost perfect harmony. Very smooth. The flavor goes from just slightly malty, to slightly bitter as it enters the finish, which slowly fades inviting another sip. One of the better IPA'a I've tried. A big thanks to Slikwily for sending this my way.
dperk (14) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. I smelled the green leafy hops before the first drip hit my glass. A very crisp, green hop aroma, lots of sweet citrus. Nice pale gold color, clear, with a big cotton like head that never went away. The mouthfeel was the best, very soft, good body. The overall flavor was good, but not great (for me). There was a bitter hop finish, but not any real hop BANG that I was expecting. Certainly not over the top. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that lingered well. Aroma is dominated by floral and citrus hops with a touch of sweetness and hint of clover. Flavor hit me with bitterness right off the bat, big grapefruit hoppiness with touches of sweetness and a little pepper. Lingering pucker for the finish. Medium body and creamy carbonation. Nice ale over all, but I would have liked a bit more boldness in the malts to balance the assertive hops.
Jaysus (17) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle; this is one of those beers that "wowed" me - seriously. I will be buying caseS of this. Beautiful off-orange glow, fantastic hop-aroma, nice hop bite on the tongue and the aftertaste. I would be very happy to enjoy several of these in one sitting. Superb!
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours an orangish hue of yellow with a nice thick fluffy white head. Carbonation is extremely lively, lacing is exceptionally sticky. This one definately smells the part, nice hop aroma with some grapefruity and pine notes. Initial taste shows its hop presense, yet its very mild and smooth. Mouthfeel is very silky and full bodied for an IPA. Quite enjoyable. Nearing the end the hops really make their presense, finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness all over the tongue, and especially in the back. WOW, IPAs aren't one of my favorite styles, but this one is very smooth and delicious. Wish I had another! Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark straw color,large white head that lasted for a nice long time leaving a nice lace behind.The aroma was faint malt but mostly pine grapefruit and Hops up the wazoo.The flavor was nicely hoppy with a mild pine presence and hops and grapefruit with a faint malt presence coming on.IMO a very nicely done IPA andone that makes me glad i bought more for later.
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden, nice creamy head. Aroma is floral, some citrus and hops. Flavor brings hops and flowers. Elder comes bacj there as well. Quite an ok ale.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 Pours an amber color, quite clear except for a few large floaties. Forms a thin beige head that does not stick around too long. An immediate aroma of American hops wafts from my glass. Notes of lychee, grapefruit & other citrus fruits are in the nose, it smells slightly sweet & nectar like, there is a hint of caramel malt here as well. Ooh, quite bitter; this beer finishes with a drying intense bitterness. Overall this beer is only slightly sweet, it has a light body & is focused entirely on the hop component. The hops are over the top, but perhaps it is missing some hop flavor. There is lots of bitterness, but it feels like it is missing some balancing hop nectar flavor. Underlying the hop attack there seems to be some nuttiness, as well as some caramel notes. This beer is all about the hop attack, not much malt here, so if you don't like hops stay away. Luckily I do like hops so this beer is just fine. Perhaps a bit too unbalanced for an everyday drinking beer, but every once in a while is nice.
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great color... looks like I already can smell it. (looks like the apricots and pink grapefruits it smells like just from pouring it).
There's that wonderful smell... ahhh refreshing!
GOOD taste, again, just like it looks and smells. VERY strong, very bittersweet, and very filling. So filling, I have to drop it's drinkability. SURE I loved this beer, but finishing it was rough only because I got full after half of it. Not a sesssion beer, but I will DEFINITELY return!