WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Just to begin, the aroma of this beer is fantastic and the deep, cloudy golden copper color is very nice too. The flavor is nice and hoppy, but still fairly smooth and good on the palate. Overall, this is truly an exceptional beer, and one that I will definitely purchase again!
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2004 Time to dump an old review. After 600+ ratings, this is still my favorite IPA (not counting I2PAs). Pours with a hazy golden body topped by a medium off-white head. The hops aroma and flavor really shines- some notes of pine and citrus (grapefruit, lemon) are present but the intense floral characteristics combine with sweet, tangy malt to create an awesome, creamy palate. Now that this is available year-round, it makes a nice "stock" beer to keep in the fridge as it is highly drinkable.
dorkasaurus (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer. I have had both bottle and tap and it holds up well in the bottle. Hugely hoppy but it stays in balance. Clean and almost lemony. Great brewer.
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gorgeous beer to pour, great hop flavor. And those are fish on the bottle--it took me a while to figure that one out.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden color with a thick, white merangue head that lasts and leaves a healthy lacing on the glass. Super hop aroma - sweet, piney, resin and grapefruit. The flavor is a blast of hops. Hoppy, sweeet, and a hint of Pez candy! The hops in this beer add a lot of bitterness. Subdued malt flavor. Lasting hop aftertaste. Heavy carbonation and a moderate, resiny mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2003 Re-rate. I dont know what happened the first time I tasted this but it is very different, perhaps the keg was bad. This is wonderful on all senses. A smooth orange color with a medium creamy white head. Aroma is a mix of fruits, it is hard to pick out but peaches come to the front. Silky smooth feel. Taste is fruity, not very bitter, English like. I need to get more.
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too bitter yet light; hard to identify flavors. Concealed the alcohol well though. smell was nice, but not all that intense. Not much head when I had it on tap but lacing lasted throughout, easy enough to drink. Great 3rd or so beer, because by then you can tolerate the bitterness and can take advantage of the alcohol.
bigbish (533) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some hoppy goodness, mixed with some bitterness and some citrus notes. One of my favorites.
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 I've had this beer in bottle and draught and definitely prefer the draught as it's quite a bit smoother. Makes a wonderful sweet first impression with a nice hoppy zing at the end. A nice break from the overly-hopped IPAs that one usually gets. The subtlety of Two Hearted on tap almost reminded me of a bitter, except that it had a bit more of a head. Does that make any sense?
I think that if you served a two-hearted ale to a guy with a steak and some mashed potatoes, he'd probably propose to you between mouthfuls.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Do not underestimate this beer from its appearance. It looks like an American macro but tastes like a top-notch IPA. Lots of small bubbles give this fully hopped beer a champagne-like texture.
Re-rate: Had this in a fresh bottle and boy did it make a difference! Explosions of fresh fruit and flower hops. So nuanced, soft and sweet. This is the least abrasive, most delicate IPA I've had. Maybe that's why it doesn't stay so long in the bottle (based on my other samples). Find it fresh on tap or check the date on the box and you will not be sorry.