StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Minor rating update from recent bottle that was slightly more enjoyable the second time around. Appearance is mostly translucent, with a tiny floating white head that breaks away at the edges. Smelled sweet, and of wheat, caramel, floral hops and pine resin. Taste of citrus fruits - predominantly of oranges - along with nice bittering agents and an in-your-face floral hop bouquet. Hop bitterness is most accentuated as it curtails around the sides of the tongue in the finish. Creamy and full yet clean all around. A standard for other IPAs to aspire to.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Nose-kicking hops out of the goblet. Light bright orange color is rather attractive. Mouthfeel is more substantial than I expected-nice surprise there. Tastes heavily of grapefruit with hint of golden raisin. Finish isnít as overpowering as it might have been. Above average IPA for me, as I enjoyed this beer that is not one of my favorite styles.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a decent head that lasts. Aroma is citrusy with some pine with that typiclal centennial hop aroma. Slight light crystal malt aroma as well. Tastes a little light for a great IPA, but this is still pretty good. Moderately hoppy and bitter with just enough light malts to make it balanced. Pretty good but I was slightly let down- not enough body or hops for me.
yeastinfection (1) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn fine beer. I am quite glad they have turned this beer into a year round offering. It has become quite a cult classic here in minneapolis in the bars and Liquir stores. This beer screams hops from your nose to your tounge. Gene Simmons would have a hard time waving his tounge around after a few of these. Unfiltered joy as are most of kalamazoo brewings beverages.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to styles: Itís hazy and light amber colored with a creamy eggshell head that fades to a ring around the glass and really lasts. The aroma here is typical american IPA - the citrus, floral hops - but thereís much more fresh pine scented hops in this one than usual. I can taste lots of hops - grapefruit, pine, flowers, grass, citrus, as well as some sweet malt, sugar, candy, light caramel. Medium amounts of carbonation, light to medium bodied, and slick and oily on the tongue.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 Pours a semi cloudy gold orange color with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma is floral and citruscy, hints of grapefruit and orange, but not too much so. You can smell it from a good 4 feet away. Makes my mouth water. Taste is a little sweet at first but then you get hit with a big grapefruit hop flavor that stays with you for a while. Hops tickle the palate. Overall, pretty good, but I think if the hops was mellowed just a wee bit that it could be wonderful.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great big BITTER IPA. Bells once again goes all out (maybe even experiments) and comes up with another winner. The more of their beers I have, the more respect I develop for their skills and artistry.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a little cloudy orangey golden with a fluffy white head...all hops in the nose...grapefruit, orange, lemon, resin...fantastic taste...fantastically balanced...sweet malts up front followed up by a smooth fade into a warm spicy hop finish...goodness...
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a murky, sort of striated orange with clusters of particulate suspended throughout. Great head that actually climbs about one and a half inches out of the glass! Head is white and laces decently as I go. Nose is superb with sweet touches of pineapple, orange and tangerine along with a slight earthy aroma. Taste is disappointing. Sort of metallic and musty, not crisp or hoppy as I would expect. Not much greatness here, and I wonder if my bottle is an old one... it is better than a lot of IPAís, but I expected this one to rival Hop Devil, Stoudts and Stone and this bottle is certainly not in their league. I guess Iíll have to try it again. Disappointing to say the least.
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Amazing aroma, fruity and scented. Smacks sweet and tart on the palate, with barely bitter but rich aftertaste. Perfect blend of hops and malt. Very complex, but refreshing and crisp beer.