baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 11, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark golden. Citrusy hop aroma with faint pine, spice, and applejuie. A little weak with some carmelly sweet notes. A grapefruit rind finish kind of turned me off though. I wonder if they are using Amarillo hops in here...
fgfats (10) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better IPA's that I have had. Very nice balance of flavors with a nice hoppy taste.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought 1 to try. Not a spectacular IPA but not bad either. Reasonably hopped and perhaps a bit rough? in the finish. A tad thin. Reminds me of Redhook IPA..
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
floral grassy hop aroma. bronze color, minimal head. sweet malt that doesn't complement the hops well at all. drank in the car on the way to wyoming
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2002
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was alright. Strong hop flavor and scent make this an acceptable IPA. Only tastes a little bit mass produced. Very good for something made by Fred Meyer. Try the porter too.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked this up at a Fred Meyer in Seattle. Know very little about it, but this is a good drinking IPA. Nice head, great color in the glass, has a nice balance of flavors. Like kingpinhead, I found it really suprising.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8/18/02: This is one the house brand offerings from the Fred Meyer grocery chain. Aroma is surprisingly fresh--very nice fruit/hop nose...Color also attractive light copper/amber with acceptable head and lace. Flavor features nicely bittered hop profile with slight tangy edges, which turns grapefruity in the finish. Body is a tad lighter than optimum, but it is not watery. Malt could supply a little more flavor support as well for balance, but this has plenty of flavor as it is. This is a most pleasant surprise. Information is scant on the so-called ’Fire Station 5’ operation, meaning it is almost certainly a contract product. Regardless, it is most drinkable and enjoyable at a very reasonable price. Re-Rate 9/17/02: Opinions on internal qualities hold as before, but this time it looked quite stunning in the glass--orange tints and a fine rilled head...Not bad for a house brand at all!