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.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Muddled would be the right description I think. Nothing about this brew seems to meld. Malt and hops clash. Not good at all.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A mu rky copper pour, this was an unimpressive IPA. the flavor was watery, with an occasional taste of hops. There are so many more great IPAs out there. Pass on this one.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chill haze very noticable after pouring the bottle... when it was pouring it was clear medium amber colored, but as it sits in the glass and is chilled, there is a murky haze present. The aroma has a caramel notes, crystal malts perhaps... a bit nutty with some of those smells coming from the yeast, I suspect. The hops smell a little old, a little musty, but the cascade are still sweet and a little spicy. Big musty hop flavor with a metallic twang malt flavor that resembles homebrew. The metallic and burnt nut flavors almost make this IPA undrinkable... really not appealing to me at all, it’s just my preference for certain types of IPAs. Finishes dry with the chinook coating the mouth with a scorched, dry, leafy parched texture. Not a complicated or unique IPA, this one pretty much tastes like the standard homebrew IPA kit recipe.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dense, thin head. Mild aroma of hops. Color is a very dark orange. Medium body. Slightly toasted taste, hops come in quite bitter in the finish. Nice bittering, but still needs some work as far as flavor hops.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love the color of this one - deep copper amber. Fluffy head with lacing. Nice grapefruit nose and strong citric hop presence. Well balanced with a caramel sweetness. My only complaint is a watery mouthfeel, otherwise nice beer. Thanks to my father-in-law!
Crit (3211) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy deep amber,long lasting beige head.Nose of hops and fruit esters. Light malt start turns into an odd medium hop bitterness, that somehow doesn’t cut it.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish hue, decent head formation. Creamy, peaches and grapefruit aroma (nice combo). Strong freh, bitter tangy grapefruit flavor. Pretty harsh, bitter and dry, just the kind of challenge in an IPA I enjoy. Grapefruit bitter finish. One dimensional but ina dimension I enjoy.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber body with short head and nice lacing. Aroma is strong citrus hops. I was surprised when the thick soft malts ended up dominating the flavor, leaving most of the hops for a long warm finish. Tasted like a more traditional styled IPA. The friendly bartender at the tasting bar clued me in that their Pale Ale that they had on tap upstairs was actually hoppier (he was right!)
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a hazy red/orange with a good white head that turns into a sticky lace. the nose is all C-hops (very cascade-y), with some sweet malt notes following behind. beer is very heavy, a lot of malt sweetness mixed with the strong hop flavors. a strongly flavored beer that should be well-balanced but is instead a little hard to drink.