barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 bottle. a deep honey gold, slightly cloudy with an extremely thick foamy head. even though I am not a hop head, this IPA is well balanced and very enjoyable!!!
had this again for just the 2nd time last night ( 11/26/05 ) and since this was one of the first IPA’s I’d ever tried, felt I needed to raise the rating a bit. such a smooth and well balanced IPA. may become a regular in my frig this next summer.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell of fresh oranges hits your nose after pouring a light orange/gold color with a big white head that settles down with time. Taste is very balanced and enjoyable with citrus, light sweet malts, and some cascade hops blending well. Finish is extremely pleasant not leaving any trace of bitterness in my mouth. There was something fishy about the packaging, though.
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
bottled: poured into chilled glass. lovely deep amber color. perfect long lasting head... i drank the whole thing and the head was still about 1/4 inches. Great smooth hoppy taste and aroma. Similar to other IPA’s as far as Palate. Strongly recommend this one.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 This was a very citrusy IPA, big floral hop character, sweet citrus hop syrup smell. A kinda citrus candy sweetness travels throughout this brew finishing with a nice grapefruit flavored hop bitterness, and an earthy heartiness to the finish. Pours very light, a deep gold color, very clear, with a white head.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Among the best standard IPAs I’ve ever had, this was an incredibly enjoyable brew. Solidly hoppy, with a greatly complex malt behind it. I really wish Kalamazoo would go ahead and bring it down to NC.
bmack94536 (5) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great, multi-flavored IPA that leads my list of the regular IPA’s. Outside of an Imperial IPA, this is hop heaven in my opinion. But this beer doesn’t stop there as there is a lot going on. My first taste made me think of licorice, but after a few sips I started to differentiate the hops from the piney, citrus flavor and the diacetyl that does help this beer. On draught, the aroma is almost too perfumy and pungent (my bar neighbors always seem to notice the aroma when I have a glass of it), but the taste is incredible with a variety of distinct flavors screaming for attention. Out of the bottle, the aroma is more subdued and the taste a bit flatter, but still head and shoulders above the competition. If Kalamazoo Brewing makes a bad beer, I haven’t found it, and this may be their best.
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy yellow/gold, with a small, white head. Aromas are pine, grapefruit, some malt and fruit. hoppy flavors of pine and grapefruit, and fruit.
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Orange coloured. Clear. Fruits, hops, some citrus, nuts in the aroma. Flavour is hoppy, sweet and fruity. Ends on a light bitter note. Is sweet and refreshing. Nice one. Thankz to my secret santa BBB63
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is good stuff, period. As far as ale is concerned, this is where is it at. The only place they blew it was the label. Instead of a fish, they should have put a sunset over the ocean, or a beautiful woman in a bikini, or a bunch of teenage friends in a convertible on a friday night.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Light honey gold color with a fine white head with excellent of retention. Lots of fresh hop aroma that suggestes sweetness--though not from the malt. Light malt profile is very well integrated with fruity, citrus (lemon, grapefruit) hops flavors. Body is quite light on its feet--balancing all flavor characteristics and producing a highly flavorful, refreshing, powerful IPA. Sidenote: wins my award for coolest beer lable.