3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 rerate needed. this stuff is terrible. fuel, corn, wet paint, all in there.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Solid pale golding dark yellowy amber, nearly orange color, with a oatmeal looking top and colored head, settles to leave solid spotty lace all around the glass that sticks well. Smell is pretty strong and fronting of citrusy fruits, dulled a bit of mostly orange, some grapefruit, lemon and lime...most fruitylicious! Taste is amazingly fruity sweet, oily hopness, lightly tart and sour, very nice hop twingyness thats mellowing but lush and quite flavoring of...yes, grapefruit....some lemon, orange, and apples, all done in a dulling fashion, nothing to overwhelming in tart or sourness, perfectly infused. The malts are magnificent in laying the ground work for the amount of fruity hops that seem to be bouncing all over the place. Feel is medium body and full, the lingering effect of tarty sourness is quite nice, easily handled, and seems to last forever. Super mellowing drinkable stuff, man!
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a glowing, cloudy amber-copper in color, has a good frothy white head that sticks around for a while, citrus grapefruit hoppy aromas. Juicy grapefruit citrus flavors, medium body with a creamy mouthfeel that finishes with a pleasant bitterness, pretty cool name too.
beerbastard (689) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looked to be a hazy honey brown. A strong citrusy grapefruit and some pine in the nose. The main thing I noticed about the flavor, is the absence of malt. Palate was thin. A crisp dry finish, with some lingering citrus. With this much hops going on I look to this beer as a IPA, not a APA. Where's the malt?
Suttree (5143) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark orange, almost brown. Grapefruit and plums dominate the odor and the initial flavor. Then the hops seems to be more of a piney character leading to a crisp, dry finish. Very complex hop flavors throughout.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Not much balance on this one, almost no malt, just hop. I like it.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
After a recent flurry of hop-less APAs, I'm very much hoping for some hops kick to this one. The look of the beer is quite nicewith dark reddish copper and a nice off white, light tan head. The nose is on the right track, with a nice but not overpowering hoppiness. Flavor...is only a medium hoppiness at most, but still nice. Most of the bitterness is in the finish, and also on the tip of the tongue. An interesting brew, and quite dry in flavor.
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish copper color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops and sweet malts. A medium bodied pale ale. Mild malts, big hops mostly citrus and grapefruity. It’s somewhat unbalanced towards the hops. But so what, it hoppy and bitter without being over the top. Tasty beer. Rather dry. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. This beer earns an extra overall point, just for its name…
igneous1 (1497) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep copper with what started out as a good head, but dissipated into a film rather quickly. aroma is very pleasantly of grapefruit and burnt sugar. flavor is dry of mostly citrus with a very crisp feel in the mouth. leaves behind a lingering citric quality. i would say if one is looking for good citrus quality, this would be an excellent choice. for this beer's intended purpose, i think it's a fine selection.
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought about starting this review by parodying the 1980's Wendy's commercial with "Where's the malt?", and I still might be do that, wait, it looks like I just did. Funny thing, I've read a few writers knock some of the hoppy ales out there as being over the top hoppy and wholly lacking any malt, although I myself had yet to try a beer truly lacking in malt, that is, until this one.
Where's the malt?! Presented as a clear (not hazy) amber colored beer, thought it would be a rich IPA by looks and smell. Strong piney and resiny aroma, with citrus components. I've read of grapefruit juice beers, but that descriptor never really worked for me until now - this beer has all the body of fruit juice (read: nonexistent). It was like a piney tasting grapefruit juice, perhaps lightly sweetened. OK, so I can detect a hint of caramel malt, but thats it. Drying med-bitter finish.