21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold cloor, crystal clear. Hops and dried fruits in the aroma. Has a really nice peachy/hoppy feel to the body. Remarkably smooth. I believe i read that this won something at the GABF this year.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 clear..too clear...light amber..thin but solid head...nice mango fruit hop aroma...some overripe peach..powdered sugar...balanced brew..nice hop presence, nice malt presence..fruitiness of the malts and yeast work well together..some of the peach notes are prevalent in the flavor..subtle grassy hops..medium bodied..not too thick or gassy..not too thin or watery...so..after thinking about it...its average...its definitely a solid brew that doesn’t stand out too much but doesn’t stand down either...dude..sweet!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber color with a small off white head. Nose is sweet tropical fruit. Flavor starts caramel sweet followed by a light tangy bitterness and finishing with a long dry light orange peel aftertaste.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very--almost suspiciously--transparent. Although it claims to be a fusion of the West Coast and British style IPAs, it has little in common with the West Coast style. Not that that's necessarily bad. Joet's review is almost exactly what I had in mind; this beer has almost no hops in the aroma, moderate hop flavor and a very dry bitterness to finish. This beer clearly focuses on the malt profile. Wet dog, brown sugar, and caramel come through in the malts, although they are a bit embarassingly sweet. Actually, just a little more oomph would qualify this as a barley wine--I see definite similarities between this and Brown Shugga. The ABV comes through a bit in the finish. This is one that takes a few to come to grips with, but grows on you.
666seth (229) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very solid IPA. Good tasty malt character meets round flavorful Hops. good!
joet (2547) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 25, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Full heady aroma with trace alcohol, slightly pungent hops and floral high notes. Deep, roasty grain flavors, lightly resinoous, medium low effervescence and off-crisp. Is a sort of style bender for me with the roastiness. My idea of a West Coast IPA is all front, all back and not much in the middle. Sepcial thanks to J.J. and Morgan at E.J. Phair for the re-taste! Great guys.