hopdog (9856) - 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
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours dirty orange/amber with film for head. Pine hop aroma a little muted, with big caramel malt background. Flavor is all carmel with some bitterness, but not hops, very strange.
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 (5685) - Plymouth, 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 (4875) - 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 (1142) - 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.