Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange with a big white head that lasts awhile. Big grapefruit aroma. Well balanced malt/hop flavor with a medium hops finish. Could be a little hoppier but really enjoyed anyway. Could drink this at almost any time. Well done.
barleyandmalt (25) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 Poured a thick, bright white head that dissipated quickly. Fruity....very strong citrus notes that made for a clean finish along with the obvious hoppiness.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trades with Goblincat and hopsrus, thanks Mike and John!) The nose is lightly malty, but fairly bready, slightly sour and mildy hoppy. But I think the flavor is a bit of a let down after smelling the inviting aroma. This is a pretty light flavored IPA, enjoyable, delicate, but not a big IPA. A light, sweet, bready maltiness leads the way, with some fruitiness and moderately bitter hops for good balance. The claim of "enormous hop additions" seems a bit self inflated if you ask me. Medium bodied. Not exactly clean and crisp because the level of hops isnít all that big. Golden orange color and fairly cloudy. Pours a large, whitish head that is very bubble -- large bubbles, in fact -- and forms craters as it falls away. Dense, intricate lacing is left on the glass.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Pleasant and sharp hops. Grapefruit, raw flower and lite grain/grass. Nice medium gold/brown color with a small and lasting head (the last part was surprising to me). The flavor was similar to the aroma at the begining with grapfruit hopw and other citrus straight away. There are some lite malts that help with balance but his is a hopy ale all around. Good.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful floral hoppy aroma. It has a nice orange colour and an awesome head that sticks around. It is very bitter, yet smooth and easy to drink. It has a nice compliment of malts as well.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 Huge orange-pine-citrus hop nose with nice, soft, underlying doughy malt/yeast aroma. Hazy orange-tan with off-white, dense, lasting finger of head that sticks to the glass and excellent, fine-bubbled carbonation. Fruity and hoppy up front with pine-orange hop flavour and intense bitterness. Feels very clean in the mouth. Thereís plenty of malts here to support all those hops but hoppiness overshadows a bit - though it works very well. Medium-light body. Refreshing. Bottle. Thanks, Silphium!
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Current rating: cask @ Beer Engine, 3/08
One of the best IPAs Iíve ever had. Miles beyond this in bottle or draught (and I had a pint on draught the night before having this cask version.) Layers or malt & hop not even hinted at in those other serving formats. Copper tan head with nice lacing. Nose is.... no. This goes beyond my usual "nose is... flavor is... comment on the body" format. This is stunning. Damn close to perfection. This is one of those pints that Iíll tell stories about for years to come, like the Storm King I had on cask at the Victory Brewpub years ago when Storm King was at the top of itís game. This is what Peter Bouckart (sp?) of New Belgium is talking about when he says that brewers are creating art that gives people "10 minutes of pleasure."
Do you remember the first time you found you loved IPAs? That definitive moment where it all clicked? For me it was Hop Devil. It was just this absolutely amazing thing that I had never experienced before. This perfect, logical expression of happiness in flavor form. This beer is that, all over again, even after my taste buds have been jaded by 92 other IPAs and 54 double IPAs. This is an epiphany.
The only problem with this beer is that I canít share it with my friends. Someday.
But for now, just fucking wow.
Original rating from a bottle: 8/3/7/4/17. 3.9
Big citrus nose - nice malt, spicy flavor is very juicy orange. peppery, grapefruit, earthy caramel. Orange grapefruit finish. Nice. A little too tangy for me.
stogieman21 (5) - COLDWATER, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A cloudy /frothy looking beer. Has a perfect balance of fruit and hops. Liked so much I bought a keg of it to enjoy through the winter
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Foggy gold color with a perfect fluffy white head. Apple, hops, dough are the aroma. Very smooth and subtle IPA. So many IPAís are overhopped and it overwhelms the smaller characteristics. This brew is just awesome.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great cloudy golden color. Solid head and lacing. Medium body, slightly creamy. Very hoppy, with exploding fruity taste from the hops. Very well balanced overall. Good hoppy aftertaste.