BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tawny red licorice color, thin head and good lacing. Nose of fresh cut grass sprinkled over grapefruit, nice toasted biscuit malts and spicy preludes of the bitterness to come. The flavor is nice and creamy, balanced and rich. The hops keep talking throughout the drink. Finishes a bit tart, blended with sweetness.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So it seems the notes I took are nowhere to be found. That’s obviously not stopping me nor is it depriving me of my memory. Sometimes I get all excited when I hear hype and other times it has more of a potential for the detrimental. Would have said that it was the latter had it not been for this so strongly holding up to those expectations. Yeh, there’s an IPA here. If I had another bottle it would probably be empty.
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft at Pacific Coast Brewing) Crystal clear golden/amber with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pineapple, some caramel. Medium-full body, some resin. Baby got bite.
PorterPounder (5960) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sonoma Wine Exchange, Sonoma, Ca - 12 oz bottle. Enjoyed this after a hike on Mt Shasta. Pours medium orange, with a light white head. Has a malty, yet sprucey aroma, very fresh. Has a very solid citrusy taste but not tongue numbing with too much cascade hops, very drinkable and it finishes with more a vegetable like taste. Finishes strong, chewy mouthfeel. Overall, a very decent IPA.
b7j0c (10) - USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
rich color, great taste in a strong IPA. not as hoppy as i might have expected, but refreshing.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color and is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that has a bit of a creamy texture to it. The aroma is predominantly citrus (with notes of orange, tangerine and a bit of apricot), but there is a back drop of a subtle herbal pine note. The beer is initially a bit too cold and has a sharp bite in the finish. The beer is quite citrusy up front, a bit like candied orange peel, but not all that sweet. The malt here is of course secondary, but adds a sweetness that accentuates the citrusy hop notes. There is a nice piney, herbal note in the finish that helps to accentuate the sharp bitter bite. Quite a nice IPA, I could definitely drink a couple of these.
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Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hey, not bad. Much more balanced than expected, has a more mild hop flavoring, and a nice malty aroma. Nothing really overpowers you, but they blend together well. Not an absolute favorite, but I’d have it again.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a dark and hazy orange-amber color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of oranges, pine, grapefruit and caramel. None of the aromas where overpowering and seemed to blend together very nicely. Tastes of caramel and citrus. Lightly bitter with a light to medium sweetness. Not over the top bitter. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content hidden. An IPA you could drink all night long.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium dark orange color pour with a finger of lasting head. Aroma is all about fresh hops. OMG the flavor is to die for! They somehow managed to combine the candied malts with the fruity hop for the best tasting IPA I can remember for some time. The fruit flavor is more of a marmalade than that boring, overdone grapefruit peel flavor so common with IPA’s. Man am I scheming how to get some more of this beer, being that it’s not in this distribution area and I only had one sample!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled Pours a dark orange color with a whispy head. Big pine and citrus aroma-primarily oranges. Grassy and malty flavors. Good, clean IPA