AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a solid IPA but Iím surpised it won the gold medal in the 03 GABF. Itís not very balanced. There is a lot of emphasis in the alcohol flavors of this one. The alcohol actually overwhelms the hoppiness so it loses a few points, but its still a very good beer.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive copper color with a very decent head. Aroma is sweet fruity caramel with lots of piney hops. Citrus fruit with perhaps some rasberry, caramel and then the hops kicks. Very nicely crafted IPA that claims some ground of itís own.
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok beer. Not hopped heavy for an IPA, more like a pale ale. Smooth and melow on mouth feel and flavor, a nice easy drinker. Perhaps Cascade hops in the mix, but the whole is balanced to make a nice drinkable beer...again not high in bitterness or aroma. High marks for palate.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark orange amber with a big white head. Nice tar and grapefruit aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor thatís almost creamy with a big pine/grapefruit ending. Nicely put together beer. Not a big bitter ending and not overly heavy - great mouthfeel. Good beer.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dirty golden, slightly hazy, small milkish white head, good brewers lace, with some light carbonation. † Mmmm, caramel, citrus, and light hops on the nose. † Also slightly fruity. † This seems like one complex IPA. † Ohhhh... forwardly grapefruit, slight citrus, with hop notes. † Not at all bitter, but quite subtle. † While not bitter, the hop flavor rides throughout the the ride. † Oh yeah, definite hop bitterness all the way through, but in a balanced fashion. † This is one good straight up IPA. † Mouthfeel and body are very good. † Thanks goes out to Flipbrewer for the trade!
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle was very quick to point out that this won a gold medal for best IPA in 2002. It was very good though. Very fruity and very hoppy. Had a dry mouth feel. Something a bit different that most should enjoy.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Flipbrewer for this one. The label is absolutely gorgeous. Pours deep turbid orangish with a medium head. Aroma of hops and fruit. Tastes hoppy, fruity, with a malt, hops, fruit, cognac crisp finish. Great balance, great mouthfeel, great complexity, great beer.
OldGrowth (3002) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Good nose, orange/grapefruit/pine/grass. nice orangy red color. Small head that had some staying power. Sweet & bitter. grapefruit/orange, carmel, get a bit of ABV going on. Medium bodied little sticky. Bitterness lingers. Very nice, great grapefruit bitterness. Definately worth looking for. Thanks 123456green
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 5.05 had this on cask at toronado in san fran.
truly one of the best beers i have eber had. the cask is un friggin believable. the smoothest, richest best IPA ive had.
12 oz bottle: shout out to aj blum, berkeley. We just came into town, and he had this suprise delight waiting for us. Golden/amber color. The head is fairly thickbut tasty and frothy. Smells hoppy and fruity. Aroma of oranges, and lemony malts. This beer was surprisingly really well rounded.. The palate tastes of creme, a pleasant soapyness.. definately more hoppy than most ipas out there... really enjoying this beer, want to check out more by drakeís...
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wheaty, orange/grapefruit hop nose. Expanding hop presence, hard to pinpoint the climax of flavor. Grassy and somewhat flowery. A wonderful example of an IPA...not as juicy or full as some, but still more than worth having around.