biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern...Cloudy gold color with a huge billowy white head...Slight nose of hops...Flavor was more closely related to the English style of an IPA...Donít get me wrong itís not a bad beer just not as aggressively hopped as the IPAís Iíve fallen in love with as of late
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome IPA. The color is golden-red and gorgeous.. never saw an IPA mastered for that color. After-palate slightly like club soda. Light but thatís awesome for the ABV. Not overly hopsy. An IPA I could strangely see drinking as a session beer or during a mild to hot day.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 35 cl bottle, Bright clear coppercolor. Nice head, that does not last long, but leave belgian laces on the side of the glass. That lovely Brooklyn smell in the nose of citrussy hops (cascade/centennial?). The body is disapointingly thin, but the taste is a nice mixture of hops and a bit of caramel. If it were not for the thin body, this would be a very nice beer. Lacks the bitterness associated with an IPA, but highly drinkable. Good carbonation.
Dogbrick (7123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. The beer pours a deep amber color with a thin and rocky light beige head. Very thin lacing. Citrus and piney hops aroma. Medium-bodied, with a rather disparate flavor profile. The bitter hops, citrus, pine and caramel malt simply do not seem to blend well together. Not as crisp as the aroma would lead you to believe it is. Hovering in limbo between an IPA and Double IPA with the alcohol level could be contributing to the off feel. The finish is not overly bitter, with a mild hoppiness and a bit of malt. I like a lot of Brooklynís beers but this one is a bit of a letdown.
Hansen (6164) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brooklyn makes good beer. This however has some faul notes in the aroma like sewer. The flavor is good, fine malt and a mind bitterness for an IPA.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber, rocky off white head. Interesting nose of spicy earthy hops, some citrus and candied pine, caramel, and honey butter. Very English IPA like with buttery malts taking the lead, but the American cascades decide to add a bite and round it off. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry spicy hop finish. Not bad at all. A nice change of pace....
MiP (12989) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bonbon-like aroma. Quite bitter with flowery/perfumy notes.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is grapefruit and lingers throughout the pint. Looks wonderful with a neverending head with lacing galore. The English malts used make this authentic and fuller in body than many california pales. It lacks the crispness of others in the style. Some alcohol present in the finish - still creamy all the way.
Hangover (1020) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden pour with a lasting, frothy white head. Beautiful appearance. Piney aroma with a hint of citrus. The hops make another, stronger appearance in the taste. Wow, this is kinda like a Rogue2IPA Lite version or something. Not quite as agressive, but about as hoppy. The alcohol was there, but I think it fit in pretty well. Decent malt backbone. Hopheads will like this for sure. Excellent.
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer came is a 12 oz. brown bottle, with simple yet elegant, red and green labeling. The pale golden body was crystal clear and developed a tall cream colored head that faded while leaving a good deal of lace. The aroma very hoppy with a refreshing mix of pine resin, fresh cut hay, and grapefruit rind. There was a faint funk in the nose that was not immediately apparent until I took my first sip. The initial taste was hop laden piney cascades, but behind the hops was a solid backbone of caramel malt and a salty buttery tone imparted by Ringwood yeast. The Ringwood induced characteristics were the funk I smelled before. The 7% ABV is pretty apparent in its warmth felt down in the belly. Dense and chewy mouthfeel, but very little bitterness was present in the aftertaste despite the aggressive hopping.
This beer clearly treads the line between a Double IPA and a Single IPA in terms of strength, but lacks the sticky sweet maltyness needed for a Double. The choice of hops is a mix of English and American hops. The piney Cascade character gives it an American feel, but the lack of bitterness suggests otherwise. I guess they were trying to make everyone happy. I think they ended up making a solid, but unspectacular IPA instead. I am glad they are entering Georgia though.