muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy golden, almost no head. Fabulous powerful fruity aroma is almost overwhelming, I want to plunge into this wonderful peachiness and soak up the hints of rich vanilla. The tongue, alas, cannot compete with the nose for joy in this one, though there is some effort made. Apricots and peaches are there, dry wooddiness appears in small doses, and a nice strong surge of hops finishes. I like Berkshire brews overall, but few of them have excited me. This doesn't change the score. Recommended, but not worth really seeking out.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vibrant, blatant grapefruit heralds vitality...A satisfying lick of polite brown sugar and pollinated citrus fruit delivers the thought of energetic activity...Large gulps are soon welcome, this equilibrium of refreshment and nourishment is always a refurbishing breath...
chronictonic (463) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very fruity aroma. Medium gold, a bit of yeast at the bottom of the bottle - small lacey white head. Imediate flavor was very sweet - almost candylike from the hops. Bubblegum flavor. Chewy hoppiness. I enjoyed it, though I generally prefer a more bitter IPA - I felt that the hop flavors in this were unique and different than most of the IPAs I've tried. The candy sweetness would limit me to a pint of this though.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bronze color with a lacey white head. Big hoppy aroma from the time I uncapped the bottle. Light citrus and thin malty body finish a soapy bitter. Lots of off-flavors and a need for more balance hurt this beer the most.
boto (1760) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught: The beer is a cloudy, golden color. The head was minimal, and didn't stay long or provide any lacing. Aroma is lightly of hops and fruitiness. Taste is a mild maly sweetness, with a bitter finish. Fair to middlin.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quick, crisp bitterness that fades immediately. Cloudly, but no indication of bottle conditioning, and I don't remeber cloudiness as a characteristic of IPA's The hops here are less prominent than the Rapscallion Blessing I just tried. I think my major issue with hoppy beers is that the hops mask the other flavors, making them one dimensional. Though on the up side, I'm starting to see that all bitterness is not equal.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this because i grew up in the Berkshires (i have to say though, that South Deerfield, where this is brewed, is not in the Berkshires...just had to clarify that). i was all excited after i opened this because it had a BIG hoppy aroma. that excitement quickly faded when i tasted it and was like "WTF? where's the flavor?" It has surprisingly little taste to it. it does have a nice full mouthfeel, but then again you don't drink beer for the mouthfeel.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium-light amber, small white head that doesn't last too well. Aroma is light, fruity (pears, grapes), mildy hoppy (floral, pine). Flavor starts slightly fruity (mostly pears), middle is thin, ends mildly hoppy. Medium body, mild carbonation.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Has a cloudy amber color with moderate carbonation and a hop/fruity smell. Taste is odd for an IPA which is not very hoppy and has little bitterness. Overall I did not like this beer very much due to the odd taste.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy amber body topped by a medium thick to thick off white lasting head with some lace left on the glass. Sweet and fruity (tropical fruits) hop aroma similar to a fresh tropical punch. Sweet and fruity (tropical) hop flavor with a touch of malt in the background and a bitter hoppy finish. Medium bodied and dry.