grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005
This IPA changed my existence. I had this on Cask (I watched Tim the brewmaster Tap it at the Texas Brewcafterís festival). Incredible. There were visible hops in my glass as well as a healthy dose of yeasty love. Smells Subtle. Tim informed me that it the bittering hops were amarilloís. Thus it was very citrucy and grapefruity. However on the back end it was gently floraly and aromatic. I had three of these at the festival, which means I spent like 8 dollars on tiny little half pints. This beer on cask was literally like having Valhalla in my mouth. I couldnít stop drinking it. Great malt backbone. not just hoppy colored water. The malt really set the stage for the hops. Unbelievable brew!!!!
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large citrus and pine nose. Cloudy orange color. Nice lacing. Upon first sip there is an explosion of pine, grapefruit, and bitterness. Great mouthfeel. I wish this was on tap more often.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Special Cask. Hazy orange color and good carbonation for a cask--excellent! Great hop aroma and this batch is a bit more bitter. Awesome!! Delicious citrus flavors with a nice balance though with some malt coming through as it warms. Medium body with a nice bitter aftertaste. Thanks Brian & Shaun!
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It tastezzz mighty GOOD. Praises be to Tim and Brian. Raise a glass and let the hop fest begin!
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy light brown with a minimal white head. Strong hop aroma, very strong grapefruit citrus. Woo, this is hoppy. finish that leaves me thirsty for more. malt is there but hidden, this is a 2XIPA in disguise.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, yellowish, very even head, fine lace; hazy orange beer. Immediate punch of citrussy, pink grapefruit hops. Hopoil just jumps out the glass - but serve this to somebody blindfolded as a new grapefruit drink, heíll go along. Tangy, piney, turpentine-like hop - both taste, flavour and mouthfeel. Flavour of sweet yellow grapes, splashed over with the hopbitterbrush. Raisincookies. Mouthfeel is thť spot of difference with the W.C.-IPAís; itís much less packed with malts underneath. It could do with some more beef on the bones, but itís not meagre for that. Long burning aftertaste at the tonguesides. Itís a great IPA. It just looses some points on mouthfeel - and on distinctiveness. From the few B.-E. beers Iíve had itís the most unidimensional. More thanks to my generous Texan providers.
PorterPounder (4941) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at the Bitter End in Austin. Murky, slightly dark orange appearance with a spongey, sticky white head with good lacing. Fresh floral aroma, like a bouquet of flowers. Ubiqutous onslaught of west coast hops, but not unwelcome or overblown. Done up nicely with some underlying nutty notes underlying the fruity citrusy notes. Not tongue numbing at all. Mouthfeel, thick enough with some creaminess. A winner from Bitter End.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Like a west coast IPA but a bit thinner. Pine needles, some ginger spice. A bit complex, not bad.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange in color. Aroma of pine and citrus. Tangy grapefruit flavor. Lots of cascade hops and bitterness.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grwoler. This reminded me alot of Stone IPA. Very rich, floral hoppy nose that dominates the nose and taste. Quite well done. I would enjoy one of these anyday.