tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet and strong hop nose has notes of resinous pine, grass, grapefruit, orange and spices with an obvious supporting malt base. Clear burnished copper coloured body with apparent carbonation is topped by a generous, small-bubbled, off-white head that recedes slowly to cover with very nice lacing. Very assertive hop flavour has lots of resiny pine and orange/grapefruit notes. Underlying sweet malt flavour with some bready notes is marred by a rough, harsh, aggressive bitterness that is completely out of balance. Some light notes of alcohol in the finish. Medium body with fair carbonation. The aggressive hopping makes it rather cheek-puckering but not in an altogether unpleasant fashion. Thanks, Todd!
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Pretty golden/ruby brown appearance Nice lacing head. Aroma is deeply malty with hints of fresh bread and cake, slight citrus with dates and figs. Flavor is big, sweet and expansively malty, very complex with a less complex bitternes. Very orangey but the bitterness is a bit rough and finishing a bit thinner than expected. Re-rate: still an excellent beer, but I’ve noticed it has dried out and lost some its malt character.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A slightly murky orange/brown color, white bubbly head. Aroma is pine needles, and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, with more pine and a little lemon to it. Malty dry finish, very enjoyable. Thanks to Beerguy101 for this one!
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral, fruity, hoppy aroma. Perfect. Hazy, deep amber color. Avg.-sized off-white head. Nice, fine sheet lace. Initial mouthfeel is very nice; zingy hops, but not as good in the finish, although still nice. Pretty good, just not as rich and sweet as I like in an IPA.
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy copper color, thick and creamy off-white head. nose is fairly sharply bitter, pure citrus, has an excellent sweet/bitter thing going on....some tartness in the nose. flavor is also loaded with hops, finishes with some earthiness...thanks mitch!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber, slightly hazy with a robust off-white head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is predominantly hoppy, grapefruit and pine hops with a nice malty presence as well. Flavor is sweet and earthy, nice toasty maltiness with lots of hop bitterness and a lingering dry finish. This has some of the ’dustiness’ that I’ve come to associate with English style IPA’s. Medium body and mild carbonation. Very nice IPA.
arichmond (1) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I very alcoholically strong beer. Good taste for an IPA, very hoppy and crisp. No bitter aftertaste as with some IPAs.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear copper color w/ some redness, the aroma has both malty & citric notes. The flavor is bitter & hoppy. It’s a nice tasting IPA.
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Among my favorite IPA’s, probably second to Stone IPA. Maltier. Still has massive hops. I usually keep some in my garage beer fridge for rainy days.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This IPA pours with a deep amber body topped by a medium thick, off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slighlty sweet and malty yet wonderfully hoppy with nice grapefruit and apricot notes. The flavor is bitter and piney with a slight grapefruit note and a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly dry and warming.