dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really not much hop aroma for an IPA. Dark orange color. This is not a hoppy IPA - about equal with a SoCal Pale ale. The hops are more at the end of this. That said, this is still pretty easy drinking. Good, not great.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity, citric, sweet aroma, full of grapefruit, herbs and pine with hints of honey-toasted malt and lemon. Cloudy medium copper color with a fine, sparse head but decent lacing. Mostly dry, citric, piney flavor, hoppy and a bit juicy with only faint suggestions of malt in the background and moderately bitter hop strength. Dry and thinly effervescent palate, body is medium. Fairly average.
Kevin (2005) - Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour is red brown with an anemic root beer float head. strong malt to match the dirt hop scent w/ some citus. orange cream flavor hits first, a bit of something chemical woodish. good bitterness, but the flavors are muddled. getting a bit of toffee in the finish. citrus really makes a nice show as it warms. there are some good flavors here, but they dfonít see mto work together.
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agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark amber color......almost brown, and extremely hazy. No head whatsoever. Subtle floral aroma. Sweet taste of hops up front......very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a good hop bitterness. Very unusual for an IPA......this beer doesnít seem to fit any particular style.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle from Total Beverage Denver. Pours a muddy tea-colored amber with a very thin off white head. The caramel hop aroma seems slightly spiced. The flavor is very caramel-like. This has a big maltiness and is quite sweet. A medium roasted bitterness lingers. This tastes not unlike a strong cup of tea that has been steeped with a bag of hops. Good flavor, poor head retention. Very low carbonation.
Headbanger (2730) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-A dark orange body with a nice head which has an aroma of hops. Taste is the same with a bit of dryness on the back end and a bit of funk along with it. A light to medium bodied brew that wasnít the worse but was expecting more.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2007
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I thought it odd when I noted that this beer was still advertising a GABF win from 1993 (maybe time for a packaging update?), but it did make me curious (and wary that it hadnít won anything more recently) enough to pick up a single at Liquor Mart in Boulder.
It poured a dark amber with a head that seemed to settle upwards much like a Guinness. Aroma was decent...lightly fruity but hardly overpowering. Taste was rather average. Than I noticed a large number of floaties in my beer. This really bothered me - IPAs shouldnít have floaties! This beer wasnít aged, stored in a barrel, or secondary fermented, thus my opinion that floaties are not acceptable. I tried to let them settle-out, but they remained suspended in the liquid. I had a really hard time getting past this, and started to negatively effect my perceptions of this beers taste and mouthfeel, making me believe it was stale, cardboard-y, and weirdly slick.
Iím not a fan. This bottle had no date nor code on it, so Iím left to assume it was brewery-fresh (delivered to Liquor Mart minutes before my arrival) and rate it as such.
RSRIZZO (1836) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had this beer on 10/21/1998. Color is a deep orange/brown and very hazy. Carbonation is low with a good head. Aroma has a very strong hop scent to it. Taste is full of hop flavor and bitterness. It starts off with a medium body and a light hop flavor that becomes much stronger as it goes down. This hop flavor is a bit sharp and seems to taste a little like celery. The finish has a good bitterness to it and is full of hop flavor the only problem is that itís that celery like taste instead of a nice fresh hop taste. Overall it is a well rounded beer with good body and lots of hops, but I donít like the hops they used.
gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one bottled thanks to Slothgar! Oily, opaque medium orange pour with only the faintest wisp of a head, plenty of piney hoppiness and a milky mouthfeel, nuanced, nice and bitter but not as sharp or dry as I like. This would make a great training-wheels pale ale.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source: Tasting, Ticker Tasting
clear amber, wispy beige head, drippy lace,
sweet sugary grapefruit aroma,
lots of citrus hop flavor on a sweet caramel backbone, nice long balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20