Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was served to me as ’Big Red IPA’. Generous head, sticking to the glass all the way. Mild floral aroma, subdued by promising. Rather hoppyon the whole (compared to the drivel on the rest of the beer menu here), with tongue-curdling bitterness growing in the finish. Creamy palate, smooth, not unlike an English bitter. I liked this the best of all the beers I had at the Humperdink’s Big Horn in Dallas. (on tap at Greenville Ave., Dallas location)
Ernest (5925) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Body is light amber.
moderately hoppy (grapefruit),
lightly yeasty (dough).
moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. I’d personally put this in the APA category, but who cares?
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 15, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This used to be called Big Red IPA. Whats up with that? Minus 2 points for the marketing. Light amber color. Medium malts, slightly hoppy. Slightly caramelized malts, some malt sweetness. Not a typical IPA, more of a red ale. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
They call it an IPA, they call it a bitter, but it doesn’t taste especially like either. It’s not bad, though.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not spectacular in any way. Odd attempt at balancing the malt and hops that led to a decent, but unexciting beer.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Re-rate, on tap Puyallup Ram. Hazy orange/amber hue, good head, decent lacing. Nice aroma, citrusy and resiny, almost skunky. Slight malt sweetness, flavor dominated by hops, good clean bitterness with a grapefruity hop flavor, finishes nice and dry with a pleasent lingering of hops. Tasty IPA, very drinkable, balanced and flavorful.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ditto, I wasnt sure what this beer was aiming for. Very weird malt flavor, unbalanced with the weak hops. Excessively bitter? funny!
BillKismet (3174) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brassy gold appearance with a taste more reminiscent of an ESB than an IPA--which I just noticed is oddly explained in the above commercial description. In any case, not an IPA or an ESB that distinguishes itself--rather bland with a metallic taste to it.