Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mike says, "IPA turned Old Ale." I say, "Happy trainwreck!" This stuff rocked. Fantastic malts--caramel, biscuits, sweet figs and plums. Great hop *bite* and flavor but little bitterness. I venture to say that Top Secret Brewmaster’s Spice is cinnamon...and for some reason the word cardamom pops to mind. Awesome. Thanks to Eyedrinkale!
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Parking garage of Holiday In Express, 13th and Walnut... Copper color with a small off white head and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon spice, caramel malts, and even some light fruits. Taste was much of the same as the aroma, with just a little bit of alcohol as well. Thanks Mike!
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of cinnamon, soy, and caramel. Taste is hoppy, big caramel/slight soy maltyness. Long finish. A very good big beer.
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color with a decent off-white head, nice lacing, big malty & spicy nose, very strong & upfront body, hints of chocolate, caramel & fruits in the flavors
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2004 Clear copper color with an aged, spicy aroma. The taste is what it is all about. Caramel, oak, light smoke, malt and dried fruits are all apparent. This is one that will age very nicely as I guess the last batch was a while ago.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark amber color,small white head that faded quickly and left little behind.The aroma was malty and caramel with a decent light fruit and maybe a mild spice thrown in there as well.The flavor was mild malt and fruit with a decent sweet side and mild hops over all i’d say not bad and better then some brews i’ve had of this style.It’s well worth a try at least once and for sure a few more times beyond that.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep garnet red in colour, short lived off-white head. Sweet pineapple taste, strong hop presence with an equally present hop aftertaste. Finest lacing clings to the glass all of the way to the bottom. All of the characteristics of a world-class west coast IPA; grapefruit, pine, orange, pineapple, rather acidic. Pleasant malty balance, with a touch of spice in the aftertaste.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: strong pineapple juice and other tropical fruit flavors, also some carmel malts, yeast, hops, and earthiness.
Appearance: deep cherry red color, creamy head, lacing.
Flavor: hops, moss/earthiness, slight bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, and hints of other tropical fruit flavors; some maltiness as well. quite complex.
Palate: smooth with great hop bite--hoppy, malty lingering aftertaste.
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Dark orange and slightly murky. Pours with a decent head, with a strong, wafting nose of straw, cherries, burnt malts, plum, cinnamon, a symphony of various spices, and an undertone resembling most Belgian quadrupels. Citric acidity of grapefruit and orange peel, pineapple, pine and dark fruit from the hops, and a nice pleasent orange bite in the middle, before it settles out into a wood and grapefruit flavored finish. Needs a bit more holding up the hops, though.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, spicy and lightly grainy aroma, with touches of candy apple and piney, woody Pacific Northwest hops, perhaps some very faint alcohol. Deep garnet color, faintly hazy, with a slight, fine head. Flavor is fruity and tangy to start, becoming sweeter and sugary with faint notes of cherry and a moderately bitter, citric and spicy finish. Light amount of acidity present, mouthfeel is rather thin, smooth and low in effervescence. Better than many spiced Winter ales.