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.
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at Barleys, Knoxville Feb 2005. Medium golden hued body, slight haze to it with a firm white head. Aroma has plenty of hops appeal as does the flavor and there is a typical caramel malt backing on this. Well-executed on all levels. Very drinkable, with a strong floral hops flavor that complements the honey-like sweetness of the beer well. Dry, bitter alpha hops finish, medium body, moderate carbonation.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barley’s Taphouse in Asheville. Cloudy dark gold appearance. This is very homebrew-like! Unfiltered by design. Excellent mouth bitterness with a good caramel flavor. This is a great beer!
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well it is an IPA. I dont care too much for IPAs. Flavor is not very good. poured a off yellow color
apost8n8 (123) - USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good. light amber/golden color aggressive hops and not too heavy.
On tap at Barley’s in Greenville, SC
ross (2034) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow this is what IPAs should taste like, and from NC at that. this has a monster amount of hops in it. on tap at barleys. pours out yellow colored with a white head. smells of pine, grapefruits, and loads of hops. taste is almost identical. i cant believe this was actually made in NC. the best NC beer, hands down.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Nice unfiltered golden color. The hops are very evident in the aroma. The flavor is very hoppy. A great IPA. One of my favorite North Carolina beers!
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A quite simple IPA with loads of hops and bitterness. Not for everyone, but hop-heads should like this.