tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 2nd Rerate: I just wanted to mention that out of a 10 beer IPA head to head taste test, IMO this beer came out on top. Quality...quality...quality!!!
Rerate: I had to rerate this as it is such a great IPA. Top notch. I believe this is comes close to Alpha King and is one of my favorite IPA’s. And I can get it at MGM, so it’s in my neighborhood.
Liked the head on this beer. Great taste; had the IPA bitterness to it, but not too strong. Orange color with floral hops present. This is one beer I could enjoy over and over. Original Score: 4.1
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light golden-copper in colour with a thin white lasting head. Arome was of floral hops, some orange citrus, pale malts and almost sickly sweet. The flavour was of floral hops first, orange and pine near the back of your mouth, some light malts - becoming earthy. Soapy bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. This must have been an older bottle, I have to get a fresh sample and rerate this.
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
More of Belgian golden ale look to it then an IPA. Orange with just a trace of amber. Perfect head with picturesque lacing through out my gulping. Very hoppy smell with a slight scent of evergreen fir. Very hoppy, almost too much for my personal liking. As it warms a tad, the malt kicks in to balance the bitterness out a little. Like others, I detect grapefruit in the finish. Very well done.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 I really enjoyed this IPA. The aroma is full of citrusy hops with a slight bit of crystal-esque malts. The initial taste is full of hops but the mouthfeel and general balance make it not overbearing. It’s smooth and fairly light-bodied. The finish is crisp and leaves a nice grapefruit essense behind. Delicious.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 In the bottle at the 2005 Bad-burek party. If I had two hearts, I’d give them both to this beer. DELICIOUS! Looks like an IPA: amber with an off-white head. Taste is nearly unmatched. This is sweet, but balanced well with the hops. Outstanding smoothness, but with enough bittering units to remind you that you are drinking an IPA. Well worth the exhorbitant price charged by most liquor stores. UPDATE 11/2006: In the bottle at the Max & Joe’s Tavern Michigan Beer tasting (11/21/6). Such a delightful fresh hop aroma. A near perfect IPA.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, orange pour and a good off-white head. Big floral and citrus hop aroma. Lots of good hop flavor too, with a very good balanced malt body. Sweet upfront, and a nice hard bitter bite at the end.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Balanced citrus-hop perfection.
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Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber-orange pour with a creamy-white head that receded rather quickly. Formed a light spotty layer on top, and nice intricate lacing as it went down. Dense floral, piney, and citrusy aromas hit the nose, and were very pleasant. At first taste, hops dance across the palate.. this had a light and lively mouthfeel. Solid malt backbone held up the citrus and grassy flavors well. Refreshing citrus finish. This is a great IPA!
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice orange-amber, dense creamy head, recedes slowly leaving nice lace. Aromas of fruit, flowers, ester, green pepper, and wet concrete. Fantastic huge hop bitterness. Slightly tart, fruity without being sweet, some moderate maltiness, but alcohol and hops are predominant. Mouthfeel is solid and fizzy, most refreshing but leaving a nice citrus aftertaste. The web site alludes to Hemingway, fishing, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula outdoors experience. It all fits as I’d call this a real man’s man ale. Just big and brawny in every respect.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - Very strong floral hop aroma. Smells fresh and sticky. Yellow-orange color with a medium head that quickly dissappear but leaves great lacing. Huge hop blast on the tounge with just enough malt to smooth it out. Sliky smooth going down and leaves a nice hop aftertatse. A very drinkable IPA I’m sure I will have much much more of.