jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 My regular "go-to" beer. Iím in the mood for this every single day of my life. Cloudy bright orange with a fluffy, medium white head. Vibrant aroma of citrus/orange and fruitiness. Has notes of sweet pale malt, lemon, orange zest and grapefruit. Pleasantly citrusy. Very well balanced with ample but very smooth bitterness. The citrus and overall flavor profile can best be described as "bright". Medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. The lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, good head retention. Excellent, satisfying drinkiní beer all around. Remarkably consistent from batch to batch.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Favorite IPA by far. Extremely hoppy smell, pours well leaving a nice head and a cloudy orange body. Perfect bitterness throughout.
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great IPA, nice hoppy aroma. Poured real well, head and lacing excellent.Dry hoppy flavor, with a little citrus ? Nice light orange coloring slightly cloudly. When the bottling is on itís hard to beat this beer.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky dark golden color with a medium head. Nice hoppy aroma with orange, pine, lemon and an addition of spices. Flavor follows suit.. A very hoppy orange, pine, lemon and floral flaver.. very bitter with just a hint of malt.. This is a hop heads delight.. I love it..
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pale orange with a nice thick cap of creamy white foam. Wonderful fragrant hop aroma! Orange peel, cinnamon, lemony sourness. Very bright, spicy spring-like aroma. Fairly light on the palate, while still conveying a feeling of substance. Taste is soft maltiness and grapefruit rind, with a puckering, mouthcoating bitterness. A terrific IPA, full of flair and respect for the style. A worthy beer for my 50th rating.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 7, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sorry. I just donít get it. This beer has had much fuss about it, & itís just not that good. 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle.
No freshness date seen anywhere.
Poured out a hazy, piss yellow color, with a sticky white head. Nothing special there. Aromas are pretty much non-existent. Flavors are kind of bland, body is thing & watery. Certainly not worth the hype.
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 (5074) - 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.