thedm (4984) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew poured a large head of white colored long lasting buubles that left behind a carbonated light yellow orange colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was medium hopped and the mouthfeel was slightly tingly with a hop bite. The flavor was hoppy but not real strong for an IPA.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Pours a light amber hue, minimal frothy head . Medium carbonation. The aroma is flowery and citric (from the Cascades no doubt). Taste is bitter and then sweet. I liked this IPA for its high level of biiterness, flowery aroma and drinkability. Some IPA’s are just too darn strong (see Dogfish Head), but this one is just right.
BBB63 (6292) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003: Clear golden hue with a creamy white head and very good lace. The aroma is piney and grapefruity hops with a touch of toasted malt and twangy yeast, very floral. Citrus and bitterness is at the forefront with nice undertone of sweetness. Dry and moderate bitter finish, very smooth for something with such a hop character. Another lovely brew from Bells. Highly recommended.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a voluminous cream colored head atop a hazy orange beer with amber highlights. The head slowly recedes while it leaves a thick, sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is very sweet bubble gum with a strong lemon-pine hop presence. The sweetness is evident on the pour, and as you carry the glass to your seat. I wanted to take a drink immediately! Who needs notes anyway, right? The first drink is truly heavenly, with a great malt sweetness sparked by a terrific hop bite. What a dichotomy of tastes that somehow blend together perfectly! Very strong citrus notes are prevalent in subsequent quaffs, but the malt is never forgotten. The finish is exceptionally smooth and clean for such a flavorful beer. All that is left is a hint of fruitiness and a hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very rich and supple, while not becoming too heavy as the beer is finished.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber, with a small head and some light lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma flowery, slightly citrusy with a slight sweet malt hint. Taste sweet, hoppy, malty, hoppy again, sweet again then slightly bitter, in that order. Not as bitter finish as I like, and also a little thin in the mouth feel for my IPA tastes (but I fear I may be jaded by the bigger, imperial IPA style), but nonetheless a very drinkable ale. The mouth feel is perhaps not thin, just different.
jtw (1124) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 re-rating the cask version. holy crap this is good. flat and the proper temperature makes this beer even better. the aromas are there but more subtler and more nuanced, and it has less of an overt bite, instead it softly becomes nice and bitter and perfectly balanced. wow.
original rating from bottle: hops and citrusy malt dominate the aroma. it’s light amber, semiclear, with just a little bit of head and not much lacing. this is a full-blown IPA, with TONS of hops in the mouthfeel and finish. you can definitely detect the dry-hopped centennials. it’s all hops and it’s all good, with this one from bell’s.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2003 Very very hoppy. Just like all of the beers that Larry makes. Helps to be from Kalamazoo to drink this beer. I will rerate when this comes out again later this month and Waldo's carries it again.
Re-rate: Pale gold, like the Oberon that preceeds it. Large white head. Citrus sweet hops smell. A little pine. Better flavor than I remember. Bitter finish. Good.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark copper hue with with a white rocky head. Beautiful and inviting in my glass with yeast in suspension. The aroma is of grapefruit, yeasts and a very slight hint of caramel malt. The flavor is hoppy up front with a great maltiness to back it up. A bitterness prevails in the aftertaste and notes of pine.
jimkirkhoff (2) - USA - AUG 23, 2003 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent hop aroma and an over all great flavor, save for the obvious infections. DMS and occasional phenolics are obvious in this years batch. Overexpansion has come at a cost!
TehBeerMonsta (25) - USA - AUG 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!, teh aroma is a blend of apricot,grapefruit and maybe orange, very nice. Pours amber/orange with a decent head. My first taste made me say "whoa!" I'm glad I bought this beer. It's a bit sour and has a thick citrus taste. Maybe not a session beer, but I think I'm going to knock down the other 5 in the fridge tonight anyway. Packs a bit of a punch with a nice aftertaste.