Zeswaft (1533) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 At first I thought there was nothing special about this beer; an average IPA. The amarillo hops jump out the bottle the second you open it. Flavor is rich and citrusy. The bitterness lingers for a long time. The more you drink the better it gets. An above average IPA but nothing spectacular.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich sweet, malt hop aroma with hints of aprocot fruit leather. The color is a clear light orange, with a descent white head. Has a complex IPA flavor. Heavy malt dominates the flavor with a nice bitter hop backbone. As you swallow the beer, it has a slight sticky consistancy that holds on to your tongue. Has a slight sweet aprocote flavor. An excellent beer made right here in my hometown!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light auburn. Nose citric and sweet, bit of pine, quite grassy. Hoppy flavor, lots of pine, but very resiny, leaves a significant sticky residue in the mouth. Bitterness lingers impressively. Resiny finish would appear to be the Rockies house flavor.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Rerate: While I do love this beer. It is not as good as I rated it.
AMARILLO, AMARILLO, AMARILLO!!!! If you have never had the pleasure of smelling or tasting amarillo hops, go find this beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Draught @ Anam Cara: Dark golden yellow color, medium, thick white head. Aroma is hops - pine, citrus, grass, with a hint of grains. Medium bodied, nice level of carbonation. Taste is lots of hops up front (pine, citrus, grass), with alcohol coming through in the flavor, and a bit of malty sweetness as well as pepper and corriander later.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ron (Bierbauch) for this tasty morsel... Pours a nice dark wheat color with a crowning head that leaves a delicate lace around the drinking receptacle. The aroma is an immediate mix of pine, hops, and citrus- in that order. The taste is merely a delicious and palatable extension of the aroma, and the flavors linger delicately on the tongue. The back of the throat is tickled by a forcefully dry finish that leaves the imbiber wanting further respite from thirst via this conglomerate of ingredients. This is a quality IPA; one that I would not mind having again. Very good stuff.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber thanks to BierBauch. Clear, dark golden color with a small white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma with some malt in the background. A bit of malt on first sip then turns dry and bitter with the hops kicking in. Nice and drinkable.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe this was served too cold but I thought that this was overall pretty weak and not very flavorful. Light amberwith a decent clingy white head. Aroma and falvor is dominated by pine and grapefruit just like the hazed, but moreso on this one. Also noticed a bit mroe orangy aroma. Kinda skewed and not well balanced. Decent finish.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 Bottle into tulip glass. Great fluffy eggshell head, sticky uniform lace, very deep and dense sub-surface "racing"; yellow orange in the glass with perfect clarity. Floral and citric, somewhat spicy hops aroma was nice. The MO for this beer is that it is all hops. No real malt character to speak of, but good body and great hop character. Bitting with acid up front, softly transitioning into a blossoming bomb of grapefruit that was nicely sweet before turning dry and bitter with some pepper and corriander. Wet acidity lingered into the spicy bitter finish as a nice complement. Just a ltitle wattery in texture, light-to-medium body, good level of soft carbonation. Good American IPA; it does everything right, even if there are some things I just doesn’t do.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy and golden. Aroma is hops and some lemon. Decent offwhite head. Crisp and hoppy taste. Refreshing. The palate feels dry but heavy enough to remember. A little spice starts to become present as it gets a little warmer. A pretty decent IPA all in all. I like it.