Beaver (1370) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange with a thin and frothy off white head that laces the glass.
The aroma is very fruity (tangerines and grapefruit) and slightly piney.
The flavor is sweet caramel and tangerines that leads to a slightly bitter finish and a pretty big bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full and pretty creamy.
Overall, a pretty good IPA. A bit on the sweet side for me - it goes from very sweet to a pretty bitter aftertaste. I like the flavors better blended.
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 22oz bottle acquired in trade with snowtiger (thanks!). Poured a dark and hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, oranges, and light flowers. Tastes of grapefruit, oranges, grass and caramel. Has a nice sweet and bitter balance.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As Popeye would say about himself, this beer could say "I ams what I ams". This beer is a C hopped IPA, and it offers no surprises good or bad. Orange colored, moderate white head. Aroma of fresh cut grass and citrus, now tell me you are surprised! For and IPA it is moderately bitter and definitely has the body to back it up. Mixed of bitterness, sweetness, and hop flavors on the finish. A well made example of an IPA.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a full-bodied honey-amber with a thick head and abundant lacing. Aroma is a bit reserved, with hints of grapefruit, hops, and orange. Flavor is a rush of hops followed by a tapered sour orange. Hints of grapefruit are apparent throughout. Palate is satisfactory. A solid IPA that doesn’t overpower.
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours an off white head. Color is yellow. Aroma-grapefruit, hoppy. Taste follows, grapefruit, hoppy. Nicely done, mild carbonation.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pine and grapefruit, stereotypical tasty ipa aroma-bright and fresh. Sticky nose, flavors quickly turn into a malty syrup with traces of hop. Less intense hop finish than I’d prefer, soapy residue left in my mouth. An average session ipa.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dull apricot. Sustained, tight-knit ivory head. Undefined glazed pinewood, mango marmalade, and rubbing alcohol nose. Perceptibly yeasty and oxidized. Semi-creamy, but fuzzy and airy, as well. Soft body. Initial mix of mushy hops and cheek puckering acids. Coarse brush of pine complements the jellyish slickness, but the sweetness soon takes foothold with a powder sugar-dusted peach rock candy sweetness. Muted malts are backed by only a pinch of resin. Poorly masked alcohol lends dryness. Overly airy finish washes away the dense pine, leaving a trail of grapefruit pith which only adds to the overall weightlessness. Dull/unpolished hop aroma (the oxidation doesn’t help) and the body is both fuzzy and airy which prevents what little brightness exists, to prosper. Another repetitious IPA.
Aubrey (3479) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 Bottle: Amber-orange; golden as the glass tapers; sudsy head. Somewhat chewy and weighty mouthfeel, but easy to drink. Nice carb. level. Sweet and sugary caramel base is complemented by a nip of alcohol and a flowery, grassy bitterness in the finish. Zippy, zingy hops ... chinook seems to stand out the most. Big IPA with some nice things going on. RERATE as Compass: Distinct Bristol house / yeast flavor – kind of like sweet bread dough. Quite a bit of chewy malt in this IPA, and it has the hops to balance them out. Snappy and bitter finish. Grassy, earthy hops.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Bristol Brewing Company. Big, fat and resiny, like a fat man in a tank top running down the street spewing hops. Light orange color. Subtle, piney hop aroma. Rich, coating "C" hops resinate my taste buds, while a biscuit like malt flavor barely achieves balance. A good IPA.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
there’s a stable full of fine colorado IPAs these days in approximately this profile: muscular, hoppy as a box of ping pong balls but well balanced with sweet golden malt. this entry from bristol perform nicely in a taste test with amicas headwaters, il vicino wet mountain, and palisades red truck. by the end, i was flummoxed, it was like rating four different table salts-- the similarities far surpassed the differences. this one has just a bit of haze to it’s cheddar orange clarity, it’s head is as full as dolly parton’s left breast. the hops have nearly a minty aspect to their green-bark freshness, while a pumpkin-papaya toffee note carries the message the malt wants you to know about. the sweetness and bitterness thrash about like mating mallards-- right down the middle of the tongue, vying for the ’up’ position, with the bitterness and it’s piney orange flavors finally dominating. a nice, creamy, medium-bodied drink fashioned for casual mid-evening quaffing.