DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear red-brown body with a nicely foamy medium tan head. Quite the looker! Bright, zesty PNW-hop aroma: sharp grapefruit rind and resin over grahm cracker. Grapefruit rind and stem hops foward in the flavor with a basic dry caramel malt in the background. Average mouthfeel. Wet bark-tart, grapefruit flesh finish. A pleasant find from Brennan’s!
Beaver (1611) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky tea color (much darker than most IPAs) with lots of suspended sediment. There’s not much head - it takes a pretty vigorous pour to coax a thin and bubbly light tan head, that quickly goes to a thin collar which leaves some lacing.
The aroma is piney, fruity hops and caramel. It smells somewhat like Hog Heaven, but a little more subdued. Some dough comes out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet and fruity (slightly sour apple) caramel malts leading to a good sized, lingering bitter hop finish. It is medium bodied and pretty watery.
Overall, a decent IPA. The sourness and watery body bring it down a bit. Still, I think it is one of Estes Park’s better offerings. I did like it better on tap at the brewery.
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a tan head, golden brown color. Aroma-good hops. Taste is hoppy. Laces nicely.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured dark mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Lots of large floaters. Aromas of light grapefruit and even lighter pine. Tastes of the same with caramel malts. Thin and somewhat watery body. Let down, especially since the label says it was a ’93 GABF Gold Medal IPA winner.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours to a really dark mahogany body. Very creamy tan head. The aroma is very nice. Citrus hops, pine hops, floral hops. The flavor is roasted citrus hops. I get mostly chinook hops. The palate is bitter and watery. No mouth feel during swallow. There’s a chalkyness to it.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle: wowzer, this pours almost like a porter! Cloudy medium reddish-brown with a moderate off-white head. Somewhat floral aroma. Bitter from start to finish. Sure, a little more malt would be nice but hopheads should like this very much. Pretty decent.
BeerandBlues2 (11831) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours mahagoney with a creamy tan head. Fragrant floral and citrus hop aroma. Huge hoppy pine and citrus flavor. Medium bodied.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark orange. Dulled pine and resin hop aroma with no malt. Sweet, sugary, juicy malts, with excessive bitterness and once again, dulled hop flavors. Really poor finish as well. Light & watery texture. Eh.
Ratman197 (12818) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy copper color with a small offwhite head. Aromas of pine, kind bud, and citrus. Flavors of pine, and grapefruit rind. Bitter from beggining to end. Could use a little more malt for balance.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice smell, but that’s kind of it’s best quality. Overly hoppy to the point of bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. Also, this is the darkest pale ale I’ve ever had. Not so great.