MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - thanks Irishboy - Aroma is strong woody hops, leather, and carmel. Pours cloudy brown/orange with nice medium head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma and is different from your typical west coast ipa with the dark woody flavors instead of bright citrus or pine. Palate is sticky and tart. Very tasty.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear red-amber body under a foamy tan head. Dry caramel grain dust alongside fresh kiwi/citrus hops - very appetizing. Good and well-blended flavor - soft minerally caramel malt with pine, citrus and a peppery spicy hop pellet finish. A good IPA.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via Odeed. Pours to glowing dark amber body with a nice white head and awesome lacing. The aroma is kiwi-fruit-ish. Nice and hoppy. The flavor is cookie dough, kiwi-fruit, good and unique. The palate is decent but not overwhelming.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light mahogony color a touch murky w/ a small bubled light tan head w/ some thick lacing. This is the first thing today to smell good. Smells spiced light peppers and cinnamon along with some nice grass notes. Palate is full and well coated but not special. Flavor is nicely sweet and has some great bread notes hints of grahm cracker and some light sweet carmels. Pretty darn good, very mellow and balanced.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 From 12oz Bottle. Pours a murky, honey brown coloring with a medium layer of creamy beige head. Pleasant balance of caramel cookie dough and fresh stawberries balance out an otherwise traditional west coast IPA bouquet. A touch of cinnimon and brown sugar give it a mildly sweet touch. The mouthfeel is actually a touch thin considering the richness of the aroma, but it splashes the delicious hop juice across my eagerly waiting tongue nonetheless. Some yummy gingerbread cookie dough and an added yeasty spiciness thats unique and complexifying at the same time. The only trivial item I would improve about the flavor would be a small addition of the caramel sweetness and rich complexity found in the aroma. The finish drips of cascade hops and some of the doughy spiciness. Pleasantly different example of the style - well done!
elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First off, WOW what a bottle! I bought this sixer just for the lable alone, and now I think Iím converted. It pours a common dark honey brown and leaves a dirty white head with a clinging lace. Itís not your run of the mill bitter hop bite IPA. This beer is (dare I say) a perfect blend of mild citrus tang, undercover hops and enough malt to make this one of the smoothest IPAís Iíve ever had. This is not a "normal" IPA in any sense of the word. Shure, it hits you in the back of the tounge where itís suppose to, but with an abnormal smoothness. This is the next step in the evolution of the IPA and itís won a spot in my fridge forever. This is a beer that you cant wait to offer to a best friend and puff your chest out with pride of having found it first.
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy bronze with a small tan head, Floral hoppy nose, and a piney citrusy hop body close with a pleasantly bitter finish. Great!
Bartzilla (608) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again, with the cute label. Delicious. Perfect. Man, I can drink this stuff up. Girls, this isnít for you. There was a hop festival in my mouth at Liars Club yesterday. I had an Alpine Duet, Pliny The Elder then this beautiful hop bomb. Thereís enough hops in here to survive a trip to Mars, much less India. Beautiful. I wish I could always have this.
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2010 Bottled. Wow, this is really good. Red/Copper and floral/hoppy aroma. Nicely balanced, crisp and piney. Very refreshing and a good find!
9/22/10. I originally had this at a 4.0 from 2006. Either I have changed, or this 6 pack I bought is old and bad. This beer tastes like carpet. Iím getting no citrus fresh hop goodness, just highly astringent and not good.
marcus (8901) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This blonde ale poured with a huge off-white head, eliciting a fruity, hoppy aroma. This beer is indeed well-balanced and is a fine example of the IPA style, with its own unique character.