Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Anam Cara Publick house. Clear amber, nice white film. Earthy centennial aroma, very floral and orangey. Straightforward citrusy IPA. Strong floral and foresty hops in mouth. Highly bitter, inexpressive maltís presence is felt, but goes unnoticed flavour wise. Oily tang toward the finish. Fairly typical IPA, though it is well bodied, developing a fair creaminess.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Lively aroma of citrus, pine, resin, assorted fruits. Hoppy flavor as well, very fruity, syrup feel, more pine sap. Not bad, not as overwhelming as other IPAís, just not particularly balanced or as enjoyable as others either. Middle of the road for the hoppy American styles.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, dark golden color with lots of carbonation to produce a white fluffy head. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Lots of fresh hop aroma. Very heavy hop bitterness up front. Some grassy and earthy hop flavor and a peach malt flavor. Unbalanced towards the bitter side.
ClarkVV (4334) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 04-05 bottle thanks to Larry Pitonka. Clear peach-orange, with some golden-copper hues and a small white head, very rapidly dissipating to nothing. Aroma is pretty eye-opening, more hops than I was expecting. Not horribly citrusy in the nose, but pretty green and juicy, with some sweet fruitiness as well. Maybe a touch of malt. Flavor begins with hops and ends on hops. There is a strange, light sour/butterscotch flavor that Iím not too keen on, but the hops flavor is pretty true, for what they are trying to accomplish. A bit of spoiled peach/meatiness plays with the hop bitterness and it gets boring, to my tastes, towards the end. Medium body, at best, horribly filtered and hard tasting. Is this pasteurized? I think so. Poured out the last quarter or so. On a positive note, I couldnít detect much, if any alcohol.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured beautifully - nice white head that dissipated quickly, golden and clear. Overall a good beer, but not spectacular. While Iím a friend to the hop, I found the hops here overwhelming - could not detect any other flavours. I would order it again without reservation, barring any better choices.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very clear golden color, nice white head. Smells of fresh hops, but not as strong as I wanted. Pretty nice beer - l like the amarillo hops a lot.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good orange pale ale, hoppy and bitter, full mouthfeel.
Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mildly hoppy tho water body. $8 a six is overpriced but this is a highly quaffable summer beer,so WTF.
Bov (10562) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
slightly hazy orange-blond colour, big foamy head, strong hoppy nose showing apricot, cream and grapefruit, creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body, very strong bitterness, dry and long deeply bitter and flowery finish - good but raw and out of balance; no doubt: this beer comes from the USA :-)
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale golden color. Very nice hop aroma, fruity (grapefruit and abricots), lighlty cheesy, aggressive. Very strong bitterness, fruity (grapefruit, grapes, abricots). Rough, extreme, quite enjoyable. Thank Jens (Ungstrup) for this bottle.