dpointer74 (16) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely one of the finest IPAís Iíve had the pleasure to sample. This ale is amazingly easy to drink for having such a high alcohol content. Delicious!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours straw colored with hoppy aroma and off-white head with great retention and good lacing. Spicy hop taste. A little musty. Maybe too old? Would like to compare with a fresher version.
hopscotch (9894) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The hoppy, earthy nose is of pine, caramel, leather and black cherries. Moderately bitter flavor... grapefruit and pine needles with a blast of caramel. The alcohol is evident and warming, but not overbearing. Full-bodied and oily with medium carbonation. Finishes bitter-sweet and grassy. World class brew! Thanks to growler for sharing his bottle with me!
thedm (5001) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a carbonated slightly hazy caramel brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma contained nice caramel hop notes. The mouth feel was tingly and hoppy initially with a caramel hop finish. The flavor was strong in the finish with a large caramel hop note.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bomber. . Citusry aroma with orange notes predominating. Definitely hop-loaded. . . .. Copper pour, big airy lt tan head - good retention. . . . ....Malty start. Fruity, hoppy middle with bitter finish. Tangy. . . .Medium body, but coats the mouth almost too much. . . . .A tasty IPA, Lots of interest in the hop department. Quite malty, a bit sweet with a firm mouth-coat.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tastes about 6 or 7 months old. Hazy,light amber,beer. Big,fluffy,head leaves lace all over the glass. Aroma is more malty(caramel,bread,old toast),with underlying alcohol,and pine,grassy hops. Flavor,unlike aroma,still tastes of hops,but a huge,malt,base is present,and really dominating at this point. Mouth is all malt(caramel,bread),with just a little bitterness. Finish is loaded with pine,and citrus and has a little alcohol,burn. I imagine fresh this was a hop bomb,which usually,I would prefer it that way,but not in this case.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel colored with giant, bubbly head. Sour grapefruit overpowers the aroma, which also hints at more perfumey hops. An overwhelming sourness fills the mouth at first sip - a wall of grapefruit that eventually gives way to a nice, malty middle. The sourness carries through though, well into the finish. Somewhat cloying as well. This is pure hop juice and not much else, but I guess thatís the point? I wonder if some cellar time might subdue the hops a bit and let some of that nice maltiness come through.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THis is definitly one hell of a beer. Hoppy as hell with tons of bitterness. Also seems to have a somewhat syrupy sweetness in the background. While certainly a respectable beer, i cant really see myself buying it again. Flavor is almsot too intense too truly enjoy all the way through, so it ends up wearin on you near the end.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Man this is a one pony beer! Looks ok in the glass. Kind of murky but not too bad. Resinous head, very lacey. Nose is out of this world man. I love floraly IPA and this guy meets the freaking mark. Flowers go on and on and on. Malts are sweet smelling with a bit of a spicey bitter kick but all in all man the nose on this one is where itís at. Flavors die off and are bland. Donít even remotely live up to the nose. Not at all. Too sweet, not bitter enough. Palate is pretty standard.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks rlb for sharing. Aroma was very piney a light wheat background. Pour was a amberish hue. Flavor was good, sweet at first but the hops really battled back. Palate was ok but the bitter tinny finish left you wondering. Overall ok.