Dogbrick (7085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. This APA was much better than I was expecting. A great example of a microbrew APA, this is exactly how I would make it! Thick head over a dark amber body. Nice bittering effect and good finish.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At the Brick in DC. Hoppy APA! Some malt touches with a bit of sweetness but all in all unbalanced. Still good, mind you, but out of whack a bit.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2003 Wow - I'm drinkin' a pine tree - those hops jumped out an bit the top of my tongue! Body is medium thickness, are there malts in there? we may never know. The finish lingers and becomse sweeter and dry, then you want another sip. Great for a hop fix, but lacks balance.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong nose of pine and is that Kentucky bluegrass? Nice head but maybe too carbonated. Slight amber in the body. I think this should be called an IPA. There’s really no flavor besides the hops, which is not necessarily bad. Bitter at the start and end of the llllllong finish.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber body with a tan head,
sharsp bitter hop flavors with a hint of grapefruit and pine.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber body, nice head. Pine-grapefruit aroma. Strong bitter body with strong pine aftertaste. Serious beer, not for the faint of heart.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Cask: This came to me with a huge white foam cap atop a magnificent copper color. The aroma was full of spicy/ juicy, ripe citric hop goodness. Not far behind were notes of rye, hop leaf, and herbal tea blend. Fluffy palate, yet thinnish, which made this very interesting. Tropical fruit blend that reminded me of coconut, mango, and starfruit. Underlying notes of graham. Perfect amount of hop flavor to give me my hop fix. The hops here were bursting with juice. I don’t know if they have changed recipes or just got lucky, but they have finally impressed me.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
was it something i ate? yikes! apparently it helps to live in kentucky to appreciate this beer. tho this pours a pretty pumpkin auburn hue with a nice head and intricate lace, the nose is pine resin and something else dangerously flamable. the flavor is snake-bit, mouth full of pennies unmitigated bitterness, almost sharp enough to cut paper, like chewing on a fresh rind of grapefruit. i like a bitter beer, even to the arrogant bastard extreme, but somehow this doesn’t have the malt or overall balance to make the hops sing without sounding shrill. agree with the sagacious aubrey, it’s not bad. they tried to be bold, which is good, just maybe they should keep tinkering a bit.
No1399 (2) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2002 does not count
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I never had an ’American Pale Ale’ before, so perhaps there are those who would accuse me of being a philistine... but my impression of this brew was that it was bitter to a fault. Still, if you like a strong hoppy bitter taste, It’s worth a taste. I might try it again if I spotted it on tap.
Aubrey (3412) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2006 Rerate: Deep, hazy amber. Hop aromas were nice, with hints of perfume, citrus (tangerine, lemon), tea, spices and spruce -- much better than my last bottle from years ago. Bitterness was still kind of sharp (flower petals). Malts were cakey and doughy, with only a light sweetness. Pinch of sourness in there, too.