muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Schaumburg, Illinois. Hey guess what this isn't horrible, merely very, very mediocre. Light copper. Smoked urine, caramel, wet newspaper nose. Actually pretty hoppy, with hints of sour cherry (beloved Lord Alexander Rodenbach, come down and slay this demonic cherry-faker I beseech you) but really very little in the flavor profile overall. Strongly bitter but thin finish. This is a joint and these are beers for those who really would rather drink Coors Light but want to call it something else to appear sophisticated.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bronze/amber color with sticky and creamy head with lots of lacing. The aroma is bright and floral with pacific northwestern hops. A very fresh pine/grapefruit aroma hits too. The flavor has a light bitterness with a very dry finish and light body. Easty drinking, well-made batch of the Big Red (when I tried this). A nice marshmallow caramel end, not too bad.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Called Big Red IPA on the bottle. Light clear red appearance. Nice nose of cascade hops, raspberries and sweet peaches. Very abrasive and acidic initally, with a more robust wood hop flavor towards the middle of the drink, before rolling back with a raspberry hint. Big hops at the start of the drink, but not a bitter finish. Some peanut flavor shows up as well.
Braudog (5577) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rusty amber-colored beer with a big sticky head. This has a big juicy citrus aroma; there's a solid grapefruit flavor, milky. It's undercarbonated and too still, which detracts.
Reid (1851) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A just above average looking IPA..a hazy brownish?orange with a large frothy white head..it hangs around a while.
Pretty good aroma, you can detect the "sherberty" hoppiness right away. Not too bad.
Very nice tasting IPA the hops are actually quite subdued compared to other American IPAs..theres a good detetctable malt backbone to this beer..along with the great "grapefruit" flavour of the hops..good bitterness in the aftertatse..this seems more like an English style IPA which is a good thing for me.
Nice enough in the mouth.
Great drinkability to this brew
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had one of these on tap at the "Ram Restaurant and Brewery" in downtown Indy. The menu describes this as an IPA, but is listed here as a Bitter. It really doesn't fit either profile in my book; not big enough for either style - Ale as a generic description would fit well enough IMHO. Pours a medium copper. The thin off white mostly diminishing head has nice lacing. The nose is pine, spruce and flowers. Flavor is well balanced but not much depth even as brew warms. The long floral finish is brunt. The medium dry body is soft and finishes astringent. Lacking much of what I would expect in character from either an IPA or a Bitter, but I've already said that. Still a fair offering.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 (Draught) Descent IPA from Big Horn. Had this in Indy downtown location.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 Bitter, IPA, whatever it is it sucks. Smelled some grapefruit hops, and then that's all I tasted. Bitter finish, but this just tasted like water and hops to me.
This brewery SUCKS.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tastes of american hops. Slight Grapefruit taste, finishes nicely bitter, deffinitely not over the top for an IPA. Fairly malty with a hint of sweetness. A nice work horse of an IPA. A nice amber color, with a slight amount of chill haze.
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the Festival they called it IPA, and it certainly seemed to be one.Citrus hop nose. Good grapefruit hop profile. Not sure I had the same beer as most of the other ratings.