Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden orange hue. Big fruity floral nose. Tight off white head, nice lacing. Thin pale malt backbone, medium body, and all citrus, big big fruity notes. Pleasantly bitter, but big fruit. I cant get over all the fruit here. Lemon, grapefruit and resinous pine needle clumps. Definately delicious.
Shag (2714) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light orange color. A big grapefruit and floral nose. The flavor was pretty tame with a bit of grapefruit and orange. It slightly hoppy but certainly not over done. Its simple but it has a good flavor to it.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grapefruit hop nose with some biscuity malts. Hazy blonde body with shy white head that leaves a lasting ring and cover. Sweet and malty but very dry with plenty of grapefruit hop flavour and a fair balanced bitterness. A peppery note emerges in the flavour as it warms. Medium body with sticky but soft texture and moderate carbonation. Alcohol never apparent. Sampled on tap at Anam Cara in Boston with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sunrise color with a small white head. fruity citrusy aroma. more malty than hoppy in the taste thought, maybe some caramel in it. aight.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #66. On tap at Anam Cara. Very light, slightly translucent amber with small foamy head and touch of lace...fresh apricots appear hugely in the aroma, some pungent oregano and burnt sugar...body slightly sticky/syrupy, pleasant but very very sweet and heavy, almost cloying.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic grapefruit, oranges and caramel befriend a spicy ending...Apricots and near-cloying sweetness are diluted by a watery yet quenching feel...Nothing out of the ordinary but well-done for what it is...
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 malt’s 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 IPA’s, 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 (4425) - 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 I’m 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 couldn’t detect much, if any alcohol.