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Brewed with extra hops and malt in the English tradition, but with West Coast style. This deep golden India Pale Ale is artfully balanced with a fresh, powerful aroma and a luscious finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Cloudy amber colour with a fairly dense off-white head comprised of small bubbles. Aroma very potent with grapefruity hops being the most evident then fading toward citrus and even a hint of pineapple. Very nice aroma-literally mouth-watering! Medium-bodied; Sweet mouthful with the background notes more sugary than hoppy. Tastes of fake sugars (saccharin, aspartame, etc) then some subtle hoppiness toward the finish. Aftertaste a bit bittered from the hops, but not as much as I would like. Overall, a bit out of balance for the style...but all-around a decent IPA! Worth trying, i'm lucky to get my 12 ounce bottle in a trade from rodolito...thanks Dave! :-) I sampled this beer on 10-September-2003

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2003 Incredible appearance...perfect glowing orange color with a nice thick, sticky, creamy off-white head. The aroma was pure hop...cascade beauty...grapefruit and orange...bitter bite without the burnt character often found in these west coast IPAs. The flavor was large and full...cascade hops give rise to grapefruit, lemon, and orange flavors...some sweet malt...some woody tones. The feel was a little thick (I'm not complaining) but always keeping a refreshing quality. Semi-wet feel...coating the tongue. Superb IPA...one of my new favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Justm had Ruination, Drake's, Stone, and Speakeasy Big Daddy. Ruination was the clear winner. Surprisingly Drake's was second, Big Daddy was third, and Stone was last. when I tasted Stone out of the bottle, it tasted a lot better. Drake's was surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Nice color. Decent head. Surprised that this was on tap. Not too much hops but good enough. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Orange-amber color with a small white head. Some citrus and pine to the nose. Flavor starts light sweet then grapefruit rind bitter and finishes lightly bitter with a long dry aftertaste. Wow!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Clouded amber hue, moderate head formation. Spicy pine needle and grapefruit aroma. Dry spicy grapefruit flavor, mildly biscuity malt body, hints of orange and vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAY 18, 2003
(19May2003--draft) Hop juice. Cascades. Good mouthfeel. I picked up some spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg) notes, but admittedly, without concentration it's tough to get much more out of this than hop juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2003
A rough rusty pumpkin color with decent light head. Big time aroma with all of the citrus in it and the all important bitter tones of hops. Damn does this taste like a grapefruit and some gin. Piney citrus is all over the place here. Do I have a small wine thing going on? Not bad at all, in fact I really do dig this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Bottle: slightly hazy and deep orange amber in color with very lively bubble action..fruity hop profile in the nose with mango, ruby-red grapefruit,, and papaya..very bitter grapefruit rind, resin, bitter leaves..weak malt backing thats hard to find behind these hops..maybe some orange molassis malt sweetness noticed..also noticed some strange vinous oak notes mixed in with the bitterness..astringently bitter in the back of the throat..not too enjoyable IMO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Hand Pump. Blonde orange gold color. No head. Aroma is floral hops. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty, slightly fruity and sweet. Hops are juicy and floral with touch of lingering grapefruit in the aftertaste, Touch of wood. Well balanced. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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