Frank (2394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 Cloudy golden. Thick wonderful head. Tons of lace that sticks in sheets to the side of the glass. Perfectly bitter. Hoppy grapefruit aroma. Smooth mouthfeel punctuated by carbonation. Strong malt backbone supports floral, pine, and citrus flavors from the hops. A beautiful, beautiful beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 This is a really good IPA. 90 min. IPA is spicy, hoppy, and bitter flavor. Also the 9% ABV. is well hidden. It finishes clean smooth and slightly bitter.
dorkasaurus (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The label grabbed me and the beer hooked me. The hops are huge and forward but in no way overbearing. Finish is clean and not too sharp as some pales can be. I love this one but the price is going crazy in our area!?!?!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 750 ml bottle-conditioned (8 months old): Amber with a full creamy off white head. Wonderfully frothy sweet orange juice. . . Beautiful flowers and soft citrus fruits, I was expecting this one to be way over the top (overhopped and too much bitter), but I was surprised at the softness, sweetness and complexity of this rare gem. AMAZING.
12 oz. non-conditioned: Bright yellow orange with the same full, creamy, rocky off white head. . . aroma has more grapefruit and citrus rind characteristics and not as much pulpiness. Palate is a bit more bitter, but has the same great complexities in the sweet, soft malt and fruit.
Note: Numbers are for the 750 ml bottle, though I would only lower the flavour and overall one point each for the 12 oz bottle.
sethdude (688) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2003 Poured a deep straw color. Thin to medium head, medium body. Smells great, kinda citrusy, definitely hoppy. Tastes very good, sweet and tangy, with a dry, bitter finish. Alcohol not too apparent. Very good. Thanks to dberger624 on this one.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a dark gold color and formed a nice foamy off white head that held and left some nice circular lace as it slowly subsided. A good deal of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and a touch of citrus. A flavor of hops with some sweetness present. Also some of the alcohol is present. A touch astrigent in the finish with some bitterness. The sweetness of this one is offset by the presence of the alcohol. While not one of the hoppier IPAs, it is good and doesn't get offset to much with the sweetness. A good IPA.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one pours a clear, deep copper color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is very attractive, floral hops and a nice fruity sweetness. Full bodied and very smooth, the hops dominate at first, but the malty sweetness comes through in the end. It is really not very bitter, the finish is long, starts out with a slight bitterness, but ends with a strong sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Classic. This beer is so near perfection it"s amazing. A drinkable and approachable IPA, unlike other ’ruinous’ IPA"s that take some nuts to drink. Sweeter that any other IPA I"ve had. Why is this called a strong ale when the bottle says IPA? GREAT beer!
ReRate: Doesn’t quite have the subtlety I used to enjoy. A little agressive on the alcohol, not as balanced.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer. Has an enormous hoppy aroma, with a certain sweetness to it. Golden copper color, with a small head. Carbonation is a little high, but it fits the hoppy flavor.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 1/15/03 (750ml corked bottle) (8,4,8,4,16) Big hop aroma with some malt and butterscotch. Caramel color with little head. Moderately complex with a woody, bitter finish. Hides its alcohol very well, but doesn't quite match the Dreadnaught in complexity and smoothness.
Re-rate 7/12/03 & 11/2/03 (12 oz bottle) (8,4,9,4,17) The smaller bottle is not only easier to open, but tastes better IMO. Lots of fresh hops abound and plenty of sweet caramely malt to back them up. Very smooth and crisp. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel holds a good amount of complexity. A great imperial IPA.