BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the 2005 Knoxville Brewer’s Jam. Poured an amber color with a small off-white head that fully diminished. Both the aroma and flavor were classic IPA but weaker than I hoped. Light to medium body with a dry bitter ending.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Knoxville Brewers’ Jam). Pours cloudy honey orange with a very thin head. Aroma is zest, grapefruit, and pine. The flavor has a bit of toast, but largely silvan hops that get very bitter after the finish. Could use better balance.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serious let down...serious. Lovely beer. Mouth moans and waters. Deep firey yellow. Golden head. Thick brew. Nose is ricey and hoppy. Bitter and dry, with a tinge of rice. Awww...MAN! This brew sucks from here on out. I dont know if it was the tap or just the beer but this tasted like crap. Bitter edge slices like a rusty cleaver and leaves me bleeding to death...gross. Grains are stale and flat. Carbonation is crazy. Unbalanced and not too good.
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at 11th Southern Brewers Festival in Chattanooga. Pours copper with a thin off-white head. Yeast (dough) and fruity hop (pear, peach) aroma. Moderately heavy acidic hop rind and caramel malt flavor combination with a slowly forming sour rind aftertaste. Medium bodied and fizzy slightly creamy palate.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at the Southern Brewers Festival (9/05). Had this after a few stouts and I think the crispness of this brew really did a good job of reviving my taste buds. Amber straw color with minimal head, hazy. Sweet malt and spicy/pine aroma. Very enjoyable flavor. Actually competed for my favorite IPA of the day. Pine and citrus orange peal hops with good malt and mineral presence. Nice body. Creamy and full with a dry bitter finish. Very nice IPA.
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber body with not much head. Hops abound in the flavor, very punchy and floral but not enough maltiness to back it up. If you love unbridled hoppiness you’ll like this.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, Barley’s Taproom, Asheville NC. Slight Floral hops on the nose along with faint maltiness. Medium body, mostly malty with a little hop bitterness, and a somewhat grassy finish. Tasted more like a Wheat or Amber. A good drinkin’ beer, but not an impressive IPA.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Barley’s. Good hop aroma, and a nice initial bitterness. The malt is kind of weak, though, and there was a lingering aftertaste that reminded me of chewing aspirin. A strange, medicinal bitterness. I was assured by a friend that wasn’t normal, and will give it another shot next time I’m in Asheville.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the best North Carolina Ale I’ve had to date... maybe second to the Highland Gaelic Ale. It’s on tap about everywhere in Asheville. I’m already a big fan of the IPA. This one is no exception.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft. a so-so IPA pretty good hop character but with a watery weak unbalanced malt.