loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intense hops bitterness in the aroma...nice sweet character to it, but really it was just all hops. The flavor was much of the same...sweet, citrusy, floral hops character that drowned out anything else that could have been going on. The bottle shows a man hammering a nail into his nose. That's exactly what this beer feels like...hammering in the hops.
desurfer (1189) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 .Beautiful amber body, white lacy head. Nice hoppy aroma, but not overpowering. Big hoppy flavor balanced by some malt. Smooth, dry mouthfeel and a bitter, lasting finish. This is an amazing beer for a hop junkie like myself. My first perfect score after 85 beers. Re-rate: Unfurtunately, the switch to 12oz bottles and an apparent recipe change has left this beer a shadow of its former self. Much of the hop profile that made it so unique is gone, and left it simply an average IIPA.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Strong citrus/grapefruit aroma, even through sizeable thick frothy off-white head. Flavor includes strong fruit aspect. Extremely strong flavor. Surprisingly rich from the maltiness, with lingering pleasant bitter aftertaste.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding. Nice pale gold color with a white head. Very hopped with as you'd expect, but very nicely balanced by malt. Nice citrus notes. A big beer.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of an IPA/Barleywine. Aroma is IPA all the way - fresh citrusy American hops. The flavor was barleywine-esque - rich malt intermingled with spicy hops, the way a well-aged barleywine has that smooth blended flavor. There were also notes of fruit and citrus in the flavor. Appearance was dead-on, and the mouthfeel was full with a littel warming from the alcohol. I'm kind of a puriost when it comes to IPAs, but this was pretty darn good.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2004 If you are a fan of IPA's, then this is the beer for you. Very citrus aroma, and taste. Reminded me of grapefruit. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice golden color. This drinks very easily, almost too easy for the 9% alcohol!!
Update, 4/16/04: I just tried a 750ml bottle that had aged a year. Although it's still good, it doesn't pack a punch anymore. Drink this beer fresh!!
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap. beautiful aroma, flowery, pine and citrus. quite a bit of hops here. well balanced, somewhat bitter and dry finish. easy to forget how much alcohol is in this stuff. great beer.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Concur with bro on the ABV....I liked this because it was very west coast with the hops, but it came with a nice, smooth malty sweetness that made it worthy of top 50 status on this site. This is not your father's west coast IPA! Chaz was suggesting that they come out with a 24 hour IPA...classic!
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pale but N-I-C-E=H-E-A-D. Tastes like hops in a blender! Like a west coast IPA but cleaner and more alcoholic; I don't know how they snuck in 9%. Excellent.
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(1 pint 9.6 ounces bottle) Another exciting beer sent from my new friend CiderGuy! Pours a thin, white head and an orange, cloudy body. Mild golding hops, mellow malt and ever so slight cloves. Great flavour - Enough hops to knock you on your ass! Thick fluidity filled with a caramel, malt, raisin and citrus. Calming bitterness finish. Absolutely mesmerizing IPA.