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.
Lubiere (10455) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red copper ale with a thin off white head. Grapefruity aroma of hops with honey notes. Good malt sweetness and floral hops with nice lingering hops. Very classic IPA, very satisfying!
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 The Lure:
Earthy oranges fall in herds from the sturdy wood which harbored them. Caramelly sweet, resinous hops, very enticing.
Balanced hop bitterness expands into grassy and resinous personalities. Malt thrives in perfect bottle conditioning.
One amongst many, but those many aren’t wimpy.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting bottle.. Dark orange, off-white ring. Strong caramel malts accompany salty hops and pineapple like esters in the yeastier than average aroma. Earthy grapefruit joins sufficient malt to create a good equilibrium. It’s not quite as interesting in mouth. Palate feels rye-ish, bready to say the least and the strong hoppiness is a little to intense for my liking, piney, earthy, citrusy etc. Ordinary palate, drinkable, but strongly carbonated. Nothing to stand out really.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 A daily drinker of the highest caliber. a deceptively clean initial taste will build and build to show its 80+ IBU true self. wonderful malt and hops nose and an even better palate make this a testament to the brewers art. Thanks Melissa and Rodger.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Major props to SDbruboy for hooking me up with this one. Cloudy dark copper color with a thick creamy head. Nice fruity hop aroma. Medium to full body is nice. Really nice hops. Reminds me a bit of Brutal Bitter. Crystal hops maybe? Nice bitter finish that lingers in the back of your throat.
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!