NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on tap) About as subtle as a Little Richard performance. Copperish color with a gorgeous head that settles down after a few minutes, but never completely disappears. Supercharged initial hop taste that gives way quickly to a unique tartness. Seems almost sour at first but after a few sips, the taste settles in nicely.
Amber1 (32) - USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
copper, golden color with a slight haze. nice, big aroma.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep golden with a lot of extra proteins/yeasts floating about. Somewhat rocky, light cream colored head. Aroma of fresh handed rolled hops - citric, pine oils overflow. Sharp grapefruit citrus strikes the palate as the liquid glides and yet stings. Finishes with the necessary malt sweetness to help you wonder what all the previous excitement, the synapses were firing on about, was all about.
creed643999 (2) - houghton, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One if my first IPAís. Great light copper color, not super hoppy, all in all a great brew!
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 I am IPA lover and this one is my beer of choice. Each and every time I pick one up Iím amazed all over again. If you are a fan of contennial hops(grapefruit, citrus,etc) this is the IPA for you. A pleasant blend of hops and malt, low enough in alcohol that you donít have to be real careful with the number you consume, its one that I can enjoy a sixer of and not take leave of my senses.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably the most hop flavor I have ever tasted in an IPA. Very crisp and a little tart, the hop flavor definitely dominates. This beers starts out with a bit of sweetness and finishes bitter and stays bitter for a long while. Definitely worth getting again but only when I have an extra craving for heavily hopped beers.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 What an amazing beer. There is a temptation to dismiss this as an over-the-top, totally imbalanced, excessive hop monster. Indeed, for hop character, I think this is more intense than Victory, Alpha King, and even perhaps Stone IPA. But I find it impossible to denigrate this beer. Upon opening the bottle, the raw hop fragrance stunned me. The hop flavor provided a wonderful citric vibrance throughout the bottle, twisting and turning and showing new flavor features. Quite an experience. There is some nuance in this hop monster and it is simply wonderful. Thank you for this one, Psych Prof.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious on tap and from the bottle. Light bronze, lacy head. Smooth, distinct bitterness and excellent hop aroma and flavor. A lot of citrus - grapefruit and lime. Mild sweetness balances this off nicely.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice crystal clear brew. Head clings to the side of the glass. Nice hop aroma, with a great bitterness throughout.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 Beautiful hazy orange/amber color. Huge creamy head that outlasts the beer. Fascinating resinous, citrusy aroma. Flavors are of grapefruit sweetened with sugar. The sweet, medium to full malt body balances the huge hop presence perfectly. Fantastic.
This beer is unfortunately very inconsistent in the bottle. Iíll just say that this rating is for the kegged version or the best of the bottled samples Iíve had.