zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a hazy amber with a thick and fluffy white head. Hoppy aroma mixed with the scent of pine. Initial sweet taste that gives way to a caramel finish with a nice creamy mouthfeel and a super smooth finish. Leaves a nice bitter flavor afterwards.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh beautiful, for spacious beer...for amber waves of greatness!!! I sampled this at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival and Im glad i did. It pours an ambery orange hue with a pretty white fairly long lasting head. The aroma is naturally supra hoppy with a life of its own. Weeds, grass, trees, twigs and woody smells dominate your nose. The 90 minute goes down VERY smooth with one hell of a caramelly sweet finish. There is definitely some souring acidity right in mid sip, but man that is one hell of a great finish. Dry, with hints of vanilla, clean, fresh hops, a tingle of carbonation, and a caramelly sweetness. You could almost feel the stickyness or syrupiness of this great IPA throughout the tasting...a great beer!
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite beer at the 2004 SE gathering. Very hoppy aroma. Crisp, clean hop flavor throughout with a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Wonderful!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 This is a classic and a staple of my beer fridge. It has changed some over the years but remains a favorite and a hard draft for me to resist when I am out and about. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a golden bronze color with very little head. There is an intense bursting grapefruity hop scent. This brew drinks thick and strong with a mealy texture. There is a heavy grapefruit explosion that paints the tongue and dares you to try and remove it. The grapefruity taste lingers forever. Absolutely wonderful. A hophead’s delight.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample glass, RateBeer Southeastern Gathering. Great IPA aroma; cookie, piney, citric. Sweet and hoppy. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: thanks Scoobyluv, this was a delicious IPA.
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 Wow! Hops, hops, and more hops! Dark orange appearance with a fair head and good lacing. Flavor was hoppy and slightly sweet with some sour citrus fruit lurking in the shadows. Full bodied and very complex. I think Double IPA has just taken over regular IPA’s as my favorite style! Update......Amazing how this beer has gone to shit the original score 9/5/9/5/19.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great IPA..nicely done good dose of hops but not overdone...Great amber color with decent head retention. Flavor was extremely complex lots of fruits mainly citrus. Huge finish.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now this is a beer. Pours an inviting gold with a nice white head. Malty aromas, which also predominate in the flavor as well. Definately one of the best IPA's i've had.
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful malty aroma, crystal clear Märzen syle color, a wonderful fresh malty flavor balanced with the perfect amount of hops. Alcohol shows through a bit too much however.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2004 (Draft: Double IPA tasting, O'Brien's in SD) Pretty light and gentle flavor overall for a double IPA, and less bitter than even a standard IPA; Gentle, smooth maltiness is reminiscent of English ales; Moderately sweet with maybe a fruity, slight orange-citrus flavor, but it would be masked by a stronger hops signature; Very well balanced until the finish, which is moderately hoppy; Smooth, velvety mouthfeel; Mildly hoppy nose, but overall, the nose is gentle; Dark, golden color and slightly cloudy; Plentiful carbonation bubbles; Off white head is creamy with excellent retention; Remarkably dense, thick lacing coats the glass