CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a bronze amber with a thick lacy white head. Aroma is mostly blooming with hops. Body starts with a smooth malty sweetness, but becomes more bitter and overpowered by the hops by the finish. A decent APA, but could use some more balance and refinement.
boto (1951) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught: I had this at a satellite location in the Cincinnati Airport. The beer was amber colored, with some head to it. It also had decent lacing down the glass. There was some notes of grapefruit and pine hops to the nose, as well as some malts. The taste is a good standard APA, a bit malty and bitter.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very average pale, pours an orangy color with soda like bubbles that eventually get smaller, some hop aroma. Flavor is boaring with simple hop throughout. A little watery on the palate and an uneventful finish. Drinkable beer but nothing to go out of your way for.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden brown color with almost zero lacing. Light, bitter hop aroma. Floral bitterness without any malt taste to balance it out. Finishes bitter.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Cincinnati airport) medium amber with off white head. Pine hops aroma. Floral hops flavor with a decent malt backbone
ElGaucho (2291) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
After already a long day of travel originating in St. Petersburg, Russia, I missed my connection from Cincinnati to Minneapolis so I was forced to wait an extra hour and a half for the next flight. This inconvenience turned into a blessing when I spotted the Bluegrass Brewing Company at the other end of the large terminal waiting room. Although I was rather sick, having caught a nasty cold during my travels, I figured I couldn't pass up an opportunity to rate my first beer from the state of Kentucky. I was glad I did. Fruity and hoppy aroma; really nice. Average sized, tan head. Reddish amber in color and excellent lace!! Sparse, but present carbonation. Head is mostly dissipating. It was good to be back in the USA! Very good; the IBU's have to be up there. Sweet enough to offset the substantial bitterness, yet with a chalky dryness seen in some stouts. Won Best in Show APA at the '99 Real Ale Fest, and I can see why. This is almost overwhelmingly hoppy and I am definitely a hophead. Worth your while.
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 (Bottle) Pours an golden amber body with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, and some vomit. Flavor of pine, grass, and caramel with a dry, bitter finish.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice deep amber body under an ample rocky off-white head. Ample carbonation, nice lacing. Dusty, wet peat aroma. Roasted caramel malt start with a bitter hop finish. The hops have a stale taste to them, while the middle has some cardboard notes. Mine says it's best before 09/03, possibly explaining the unfresh flavors.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear light crimson orange in color with a bubbly thickly puffed off-white head about a finger high, substains on top for a good while barely noticed how it got down a thick haze, which stayed present the whole glass and sticky lace in various stringy thicknesses. Nice smell of dry hop leafs lending a good woody dry pineyness, quite dry like kindling with a nice toasty malt backing and some dulled sweetness as well. Taste has a nice smooth, easy soft malted front, middle constitutes the dry hop profile with a nice drying leafy/woodyness and a clean bittering bite thats a touch piney but mostly dry and woody all the way into the finish where it finishes with lingering dryness and some toasted malty grains left on the palate. Has a little touch of burntness to its backing as well near the finish. Medium body feel with a pretty solid carbonation thats a bit harsh, like my pales a bit smoother then this, but this isn't bad at all, a decent pale all around.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too much aroma, good hop flavor throughout. Not quite as big as I expected.