humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, but the hops stands out such that it overpowers remaining potential. Grapefruit stands alone and in the abscence of sweet mellow malts or yeasty goodness. Color is a bit off, but the aroma is quite pleasant. Could use some more architecture and craftmanship from a brewer capable of both. Long live Shimp.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this from a bottle. Poured a yellow/amber color with a lacing head around the glass. Some hops in the aroma and flavor. However, not as good as the Stone IPA.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lot of carbonation for a bottle conditioned brew. Not as much body as the 90 minute IPA. Could use more balance. Too much bittering hops added, very astringent. There are definitely better IPA's out there.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 [Updated 10/10/03] Had this one from both a bottle and draft. Yummy beer. Clear pale amber (no red hues). Hops aroma is strong, but there is a definite yeast aroma. Flavor is very nice, not overwhelming in any way. The continual hop additions really balance this beer. The entire spectrum of hop flavors are here, bitter, floral, citrus. Body is medium, finish is dry with lingering bitterness.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If I look up "beer" in the dictionary, this is what I see. This beer is amazing. Awesome malt taste with some beautiful hop flavor. My god. Is this beer for real?
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grapefruit oil, ozone, flowers, sugar, hop oil. Hazy yellow-amber w/frothy lacing off-white head. Body is med carb w/a medium silky watery body. Fruity, floral and mild sweet start. Hops pick up to give medium bitter finish and big bitter after. Bitter-oily-grapefruit belch. Very nice beer bot not as big as others on the hops.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
More of an English-style IPA, in my humble, uncensored yet unsheepish opinion. And, I'm not the biggest fan. Has that typical IPA golden, hazy color and white head. Aroma was earthy, floral, and bitter. The flavor was heavy on bittering hops, with a nice balance of earthiness and floral characteristics. However, the body seemed too thin to support the hops assault, the malts being their sickly, abused red-headed stepchild. The 90-Minute version is the superior brew.
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Third time in recent past that I've had the chance to try this all thanks to good old pal D. Liked it each time. This last time was after having Burning River and what a contrast. While liking each, they are worlds apart in most respects. This is a tad off kilter with some sticky sweetness and hops that keep that from getting too far out of control. If the hops were underplayed I do think that it might all fall apart like a really good story where the ending was forgotten. And funny how the hops in the last 90 Minute did drop out leaving this the hoppier of the two. A very nice beer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darker golden color,small fast fading head.very nice fruity,wheaty aroma with a mild spice to it an almost juicyfruit gum aroma.The hops definately come through very well,with a slight sweet side as well in the aroma.The taste is quite strong and good especialy for this non-official IPA fan,nice malty wheat taste with a decent citrus tone and then the hops show up being fairly gentile and not as hard core as i thought it would be,leaving an after tate that is mostly mildly bitter with a good hop presence,and a very smooth feel in the mouth.Very nice brew and i just hope i can lay my hands on the other minutes that these guys have.
knickerbocker (13) - USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours golden but why pour, is delicious out of the cool long neck. Hops hit hard sweet maple pine clean aftertaste, rinses the throat clean no bitter aftertaste. Just the right amout of floating and murkeyness on bottom. Perfect not as imposeing as 90 min. more to the point of pleasure in Ale (P.I.A. = I.P.A.)