Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 1, 2001
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure what to think about this one. Really, really pale for the style, and although it is agressively bitter and hoppy, there seems to be ZERO malt to balance it out. And yet it is rather tasty...go figure.
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2001
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
You have got to be kidding me. I had this Sunday night, went to rate it today and said ’wait maybe I was in the wrong mood - have another and come back to it’ Now its even worse - this is not a bad beer - but its not a good IPA. I actually ahd to put my glass down and examine the bottle to make sure I was having an IPA - it looked similar in lightness to Bud and tasted a lot like Sam Adams Golden Pilsner. Overhopped character was present - but it bittered too much at the end rather than finishing it off. Head looked nice and kept well through about 3/4’s down the glass. I was thouroughly disappointed with this one - especially with what I expect from Bert - Maybe I’d get this again some time for now - see if they’ve tweaked it up but I’ll stick with Red Hook IPA.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2000
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dry, but I found it lacking in big hop flavour. And there wasn’t much malt either.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2000
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 A unique domestic IPA. Very pale in color; moderate, pleasant hop nose; hop bitterness seems to style. Malt profile a bit weak. I prefer some caramel malt in the grain bill with the IPA’s. Grant’s beers also seem to have an underlying clove/banana aroma similar to a German Weiss that can be a bit distracting but not unpleasant--just different. Perhaps its the yeast strain they use.