desurfer (1242) - 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.
ClarkVV (3902) - 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 (2104) - 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.