jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy light amber /orange. Huge big bubbled rocky head and somewhat sticky lace. Big aroma of funky horseblanket, slight cheese, citrus, malt, grassy/herbal hops and others. Almost medium bodied, moderate carbonation, big grassy/citrus hoppy flavors. Nice somewhat sweet malts riding in the backseat. Amazing sour yeast qualities mesh with the hops beautifully. Drying finish with a bit of alcohol poking through. Damn tasty, complex and reminicent of Orval. Unlike any IPA I ever had. Thank you ecrvich.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange hue with a perfectly beaded thick,persistent,head.Huge woody,yeasty,barnyard,aroma.Quite spicy smelling as well.Soft,fizzy,full palate.All sorts of subtelties floating around in the mouth.Dough,toast,acidity,caramel.Excellent lacework as well.Subtle english hops finish this well brewed product.The finish is woody hops,big time.This become almost addictive the more you drink.Drinking almost room temp.Alcohol starts to come out in flavor and aroma in the end but by that time,I only had a few drinks left.Quality.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge, foamy head. Big, yeasty nose. Sour, citric, and acidic aroma. Malt seems a little underbalanced behind the alcohol. Wet hay, bread dough, and green malt describes the flavor. Yeast is the star in this beer; everything else sits in the back seat -- on the hump. One of those love or hate beers... but I happen to be on the fence. Ha.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dare i say classic english style IPA. With so many over/under hopped IPAís lacking in other areas im starting to appreciate the few English IPAís i have sampled. They seem to be more consistant and probably more true to the style.
Ernest (5922) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially huge, frothy/creamy, rocky, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, leather, horseblanket, cobwebs), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, apricot, grapefruit), moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie), with notes of lemon peel, oak, grape, band-aid. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Englandís version of Orval, quite simply. Bretty/farmy/oaky aroma, huge lasting head, lots of yeast character (yet balanced with the malt and hop notes), etc. Complex and remarkably elegant for being so rustic. An amazing beer, truly. Have only had one ho-hum bottle in all the years Iíve been sampling it (very young/fresh bottles may not have as much yeast-driven characters). An IPA that can age quite well.
RichardGretton (4119) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sherbert aroma with a citric zing. Quite a cloudy appearance with a short lasting head after the initial explosion out of the bottle. The lemon flavour overpowers the bitterness. Overall I was expecting better from the beer.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wowee - big strong hop punch in this one - quite startling! Body is thick, some sweet, fruity malts. Humongus head - could only pour it a little bit at a time. Excellent!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 Opening the bottle sent beer gushing all over the place. I hate when that happens. It's a miracle that my keyboard still works fine after having so much beer land in it. Anyway...It looks nice with its lacy head and cloudy dark orange color, but I found it totally lacking in taste. Maybe my bottle was old (but since they is no date on the bottle I don't know), but I got only a faint musty hops taste and aroma from it. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2003 Mine is 4 months away from its best before date and it tastes like a traditional pale ale with grapefruit flavours - not much in the way of sweetness, but plenty in the way of bitter hops. A very lively beer (even though it had rested for a month it spilled over in a most spectacular fashion when opened), this is very refreshing and quite tasty. [3.2]
And again... Bottle Conditioned. Best Before May 2003 - that's 7 months ago. Rising foam as before. This had been kept upright in a cool place for a year. I had gently popped it into the fridge to lower the temperature - and it still foamed up. The head settles to a 1/2 inch thickness, and remains there like a foam mattress. Aroma is malty, musty, oaky, sweet, Belgian, a touch of chocolate, some oxidisation, woody - pleasantly attractive without being too seductive. It smells like a vintage ale. Mouthfeel is good - medium to full, but with just too much lively carbonation giving a harshness that is almost unpleasant, but not quite. Taste is very good. Dark tangy flavours. The malt shifts around, not quite settling on a readily identifiable flavour, though chocolate is the most urgent image. Cardboard is there as well, but not unpleasantly - more like a cookie cardboard than a damp, nasty cardboard. There is sweetness moving around amongst the bitterness. The carbonation prevents a detailed flavour journey, though when the final foamy bubbles have died away a lingering licorice is the reward. A very interesting, tasty and rewarding ale that obviously behaves differently depending on age and storage conditions. Though mine was clearly beyond the age at which the brewer felt comfortable, the aging had brought out soft, malty complexities not apparant in the younger version. I upped all points except palate - though I may have given the first sample too many points anyway (4). The more I drink this, the more I like it!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excessive foam, slightly hazed orange body. Well conditioned with fine streams of carbonation. Aroma is malty, yeasty, spicy and fruity. Light unobtrusive carbonation, great smoothness. Great fruitiness: orange, peach, apricot, mostly from yeast while there is some bitter quenching citrus in the finish thatís below the USIPA scale but balances perfectly. I noticed a few comments below that didnít like this. For me it was the rawness and yeastiness that make this truly original. Iím always glad to find an IPA with a difference.