Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Nice citrus hop nose. Pours a hazy yellow with lots of sediment. Decent white head with decent retention. Okay lacing. Lots of citrus in the initial taste, then the hops kick in in the finish. Stronger citrus taste than most IPA’s balances nicely with the hoppy finish. I could do withou the slight sour taste in the finish, but that really doesn’t do much to hurt the rating. Great balance equals great beer.
pineypower (2667) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a nice light orange hue of gold. Has a decent sized dense, creamy head, with a nice aroma of hops that tells of the taste of the beer. It has a nice dry hop taste that is balanced pretty well to make it a nice smooth brew.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 bottled: now anything with a fish on the bottle i already start to become uninterested....why do so many american micros have a fasination with animals on the label....’think of something original you slackers’. was a golden color with a nice crisp white head. nose of grassy citrus notes. nicely hopped...not over the top and maybe not enough....the way i like them....smooth backbone of malt pushes the back door open to a slight bitter grapefruit end. all in all swell. not swill. ya! i just had this again in minnesota and thought it was fabulous...nice solid ipa flavors
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden copper with white head. Big dry-hopped nose of fresh centennials? Piney/citrus aroma. Hops are definitely the focus here being very assertive, but somehow it balances well with the malt. Nice dry-hopped IPA
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml bottle courtesy of jsquire. Hazy deep golden colour with a lasting frothy and rocky off-white head. Caramel, bread, grapefruit, and other citrus in the aroma. Big malt backbone of caramel, toffee, and bread with a lingering grapefruit and lime accented bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, juicy and refreshing mouthfeel.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Hazy light amber w/ a lasting white head. Grapefruit citrusy hop aroma, as well as caramel malt, alcohol, and some grassy hop notes in the first sniff. Hints of toasty malt; alcohol esters are moderate. Flavor is well balanced to bitter, but not overdone; medium citrusy grapefruit hop; yeasty & toasty malt flavor. Hops in the finish & aftertaste. Finish is semi dry and lightly grassy. Smooth m/f, medium body, low carbonation, and hints of alc. warmth. Very different than the bottled version. Seems more well rounded and less noticeably bitter than the bottle. Definitely more drinkable.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can’t believe I haven’t rated this yet because I’ve had this beer more than any other IPA. Pours a golden color with a thick white head. Smells of fresh hops, very citrus like. Tastes smooth and balanced. Highly recommended
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 Hops galore and bitter all the way, but still crisp and pretty easy going down.
Had on tap recently on Mackinac Island and very good.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap ,ABR.Golden amber.Almost like you are standing in a pine forest cutting grapefruit.I am growing more into IPA’s and this beer is an example way.Gotta’ love that hop flavor of this beer.Nice body and finish.