cathcacr (627) - Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Comments added 7/1/02: Not as big and bold as the Stone or Victory Hop Devil; actually somewhat mild for an IPA. Lots of floral and citrus character in this one. Original comments: First off: this is some niiiice stuff. Mighty drinkable and pleasant. Let it warm up a little from fridge temperature and you get the full ride. Okay, for an IPA, itís a bit unusual: fairly standard orange color, cloudy, good head, nice retention, hoppy aroma. But get this one into your mouth and you get a sweet, smooth character to it that I didnít get with the Victory Hop Devil or Stoneís IPA. Donít know what it is that gives it the sweetness and smoothness, but I quite like it. Still plenty of hop bitterness to make this an IPA worth its style designation. Well-balanced and yummy!
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Even though the alcohol content is higher than I like, it takes awhile before it is evident. The citrus wasn't to overpowering and the drinkablity was good. Golden color and slightly cloudy.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
a wonderfully hoppy IPA, citrus flavors, and a bitter aftertaste that is right up my alley. One of my favorite IPAís
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rerate: OK, now I get it. This is loaded with some other kinds of hops than those in West Coast IPAs, and also far more malty than most of those Iíve tried. Itís a big big beer, gentlemen. Still, lingering, there is a soft sweetness, not just citrus, but more flowery. And the trademark (IMO) biscuit, baked quality of the malts is truly evident. A great one. Rerate was 3.3 on 4/22/02: A year of lots of drinking and 6 months on ratebeer have finally matured my IPA sensibilities, and I can see this brew as the monster that is is. Pound all in: big hops, huge malt, thick and big. I see that now. Original: 12/01/01: My friends love this beer. It comes so highly recommended around here. I just donít enjoy it.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best beer ever! Aggressively hopped in bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Balanced maltiness. Clean finish. Excellent.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alright but honestly my least favorite bells. Not really adventerous flavor but good for any nonadventerous beer drinkers.
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2003 Re-rate: Nose of yeast, citrus, and hops. Really biting, bitter hops with a slight mellowing sweetness developing in the middle and carrying through to the medium finish. Overall dry finish. Original: A beer with ultimate hops. A very good, distinct beer.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Hazy apricot with a nice and frothy head. Wonderful bouquet of hops in the nose. Crisp, sharp and effervescent on the tongue. Excellent citrus flavors really came alive. Flavors bounced all around my mouth like a bullet in a metal room. Hop flavors kept my attention all the way down the glass, and then left me yearning for more. Chewy, juicy finish. Bitterness in the aftertaste built nicely.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2009 rerated 6/20/2009: Itís like I just cut open a bag of hops and stuck my face into it. Oranges and pine are the dominate aroma. A hazy yellow with a well retained foam that would make any brewer envious. Itís still quite "chewy" and the presence of Tang finds its way into the profile. Malt heartily keeps this hop bomb balanced. This is a well crafted, consitent offering from one of the midwests great breweries.** 5/4/2009: Chewy does not even begin to describe this ímealí. It was a nice change, but I do not think I really want my IPAía to be as thick as a barleywine. Great hop bite to it that is evenly matched by the malts. Overall a nice beer.