HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty decent stuff. Itís nice to have a regular strength IPA and it really holds the style well. Iím not crazy about the hop flavor-just a personal thing, but all in all a nice beer.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color, minimal white head. Big hoppy aroma with some lightly sweet fruity malts. Flavour starts with a slight malty sweetness, plenty of grapefruity hop flavors. Finishes fairly bitter. Pretty darn good.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark amber colour. Fruity (blackberry, apricot) aroma with hints of wood and toast. Woody-fruity palate. Moderately bitter as the ample toasty and brown sugary malts balanced the measured hopping. Slightly buttery towards the finish. Typical PNW quaffing IPA.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22 oz bottle, $3.75) Classic PNW style IPA, somewhat malty and citrusy, and balanced by a moderately bitter hops, but the balance swings slightly toward the hoppy end in the long, dry, bitter finish. Moderately hoppy aroma, but nothing too exciting there. Medium bodied with a crisp, clean palate. Orange amber in color. Off-white head holds a thin layer until the last sip, leaving some patchy lacing behind. This oneís just not grabbing me.
3fourths (7064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber appearance with a light aroma and light flavor as well. Mild wheat, ginger, lemon flavors... doesnít see that powerful of an IPA with the use of hops. Sweet and piney but not very solid.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey and flowers w/ minor grapwfruit undertones. Rich golden brown w/ good head but almost no lacing. Hoppy and bitter w/ grapefruit and a sweet finish. Good effervesence and dry med body.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden hue with a small white head. Flavors of honey and a great balance between hops and malt. great mouthfeel.
CaptainCougar (7107) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper color with a lacey white head. Has a dry, fresh hoppy aroma wirh a touch of sweet caramel malt. Body is a mix of sweet and dry with caramel malt and floral hop interplay. Finishes dry and hoppy with a crisp bitterness. A decent IPA.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice IPA, very smooth, not as sweet as some IPAís, more bitter throughout, but not to strong, the malts are there but donít overwhelm the good fresh hop finish.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clearish, bronzish appearance, with a thick, creamy, milky head.
Aroma is nicely hoppy, English-style, it feels, lacks the mark of those Western U.S. hops....gets better with further sniffs...nicely citric, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, pine, ...pinecones, even...
Taste: yum, this is the stuff! Wow! Full-blown hoppiness, dry finish, medium-bodied, incessant flavor. Fairly floods the mouth with hop bitterness! Damn, but this is good stuff!
I must bend down, as must we all, to genuflect to the amazing wealth of craft-brewing going on in every corner of America. Iíd never heard of this brewery until this bottle fell into my possession, and they have it nailed, but good!
Very drinkable, very flavorful, ....I would be supremely ecstatic to have this readily available...huzzah to all you Washingtonians who can sip this top-notch ale with ease!