11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Pailhead. Hazy light brown color with a nice compact tan head. Aroma is malt dominated with caramel and a touch of nuttiness. Medium bodied. Lacks in hop aroma and flavor. Malt is dominating the flavor. BItterness from hops is there and is lasting, but no real hop flavor. Fair IPA, too malt dominant.
Pailhead (4814) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of Foolish_Mortal via trade. Tons of caramel in the aroma. Hops are barely noticeable. Pours a dull cloudy orange with an insignificant white head. Lots of caramel and tofee up front. Light banana bread. Citrus hops in the finish, but they are very subdued.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a Turbid orange with a tightly-knit white head. Pungent aroma that’s a mixture of both earthy and grapefruity hops and a heavy malty, caramelly sweetness. Flavor is heavily grapefruit with a touch of pineyness. Diacetyl is hiding in the background along with the caramelly sweetness that was apparent in the nose. Body is med. Bitterness is heavy and of the harsher variety. A little more balance would help this beer a lot.
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Mostly this is just too much dominated by bittering hops. So the re-rate is the score that sticks.
Original score. 4.6 Smells of hops...and sagebrush. Orange in color. I think I overrated an IPA yesterday compared to this guy. The initial flavors are hard to identify, but there is little to no hops until the aftertaste/finish and then it blossoms nicely. This IPA is a one-at-a-time beer, however.
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bonus bottle thanks to foolish_mortal. deep gold/bronze color with a nice head. balanced aroma of the typical west coast hops but a surprisingly mild body. hops are subdued but still nicely complement a bready malty backbone. not over-the-top; this is how i prefer my IPAs! nice beer, perfect for summer.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Somewhat cloudy bronze color. Restrained but quality hops aromatics. Bit of tartness/sourness with very light hops. Very light body for the style.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Copper/Orange color with a big foamy beige head. A potent Cascade aroma. Strong resinous hops, industrial strength West Coast hops. Not quite what I’d term "balanced", but then again, what IPA is? Very good, nearly home town brew.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy orange yellow-gold color. Medium sized white head. Cascade type citrus and floral hop aroma. Slightly sweet nose, followed by punished hop resin bitterness. Muted hop backbone leads into a residual bitterness and astringent finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp, allowing for the resinous mouthcoat.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn, these guys make some good beer. Do they make a nice stout? Piney and floral aroma. This beer pours a very nice orange/amber with THICK head. Luscious and creamy as it hits the tongue. Then the beer explodes with tart orange citrus hops and the balance of a firm malt backbone. The second swallow burns with hop residuals and lingering bitterness. This is a mouth happy maker. A GREAT IPA. Thanks to Ernie Flipbrewer for the sample!
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on cask at the Toronado. Nice hop taste with excellent balance. Dark golden color, nice head retention, very good beer, especially on cask.