YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Golden amber with fast disappearing head. Hops, citrus, and pine to the nose. Medium body. Taste had grapefruit to it. Reminded me a little of Gumballhead on tap. This was a refreshing drink. Quite good.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow is that harsh. Welcome to the west coast (it would be cool if I could think of something witty like the left coast to call them over there that would also explain the absurd amounts of hops that go with west coast beers... but I cant) Normally I can handle some of the hoppy beers over there but this one is pretty harsh. Lots of hops and evergreen in the nose and taste almost to the point where it is painful.
ClarkVV (4092) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 2004 bottle. The color jumped out at me right away as being quite warm and rosy for an APA. Not the typical straw-yellow, but a nice reddish-orange, burnished copper, lightly hazy, with small little sediment pieces suspended well throughout the beer. Good white head sticks around. Aroma of hops, floral and dry, lightly bready and papery, some hints of orange. Flavor is much the same, very hoppy, bitter, juicy. I will agree with TannerTavernboys that the flavors didnt quite match the aroma. My biggest complaint was the relative lack of complexity. Even after letting it warm fully, it just seemed like another highly hopped beer. Not a tremendous amount of malt, light caramel at most. Medium body, some wateriness. Not bad, per se, but just kind of boring. Dosent stand out to make me want to buy it again.
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber 2004-pours a nice orange hue with some lacing. very citrusy aroma with oranges as strongest of the aromas. some notes of green bananas. Flavors were not as strong as the aroma. very bitter finish when cold, but started to mellow out as the brew warmed and became more balanced. When it warmed, the balance became more c-note apparent. APA? This is borderline IPA IMO. Good brew, but needs a few tweeks to become a top APA.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden body with mild carbonation and a thin but tight sudsy head with decent legs. Botanic aroma of flowers and mint plus grapefruit, cheese and counter-balancing malts. Aroma is distinct and original. Flavor is hoppy and more familiar. Very piney with a hint of tobacco, but that could be from Mark. Considerably bitter and a bit harsh.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light orange. Big hop aroma; fresh cut grass, a farmer’s field in the summer. Taste is hoppy, of course, but not as overwhelming as the aroma. More citrus in the flavor than the aroma. Finish is a combination of sweet and sour. Decent beer but lacking something. This could have been served a little cooler.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a mosty tasty brew. Pours a dark golden color, very bubbly and frothy but the head quickly dissipates. A slight cloudiness, with some suspended yeastiness at the end. Floral bouquet of citrus, pine and flowers. Strong hop flavor from start to finish, very citric and juicy with a hint of pine. Finishes crisp. A delightful brew and a must seek for those who love the hops! Special thanks to Derek Arent for this nugget nectar.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear. Big hop, slightly citrusy aroma. Big hop bite throughout, with a bit of toastiness...must be a lot of victory malt in this one. Not as balanced as I would have thought. SHould be interesting to see how this ages.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very light and golden, with just a hint of amber. Small frothy, slightly rocky head. Aroma is all very acidic fruits. The taste is toasty and tangy. I really think it is okay to drink, but it is not going to be a favorite, over the top on the hops, with not necessarily enough of a malt backbone, just the wrong kind of malt in my opinion. Slightly thin and lacking alot of complexity, overall disappointing.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured clear, light orange, no head at all. Kind of disappointing. Aroma is sharply lemon, unripe orange, and grapefruit. Taste is fairly strong, bracing hop bitterness, sour citrus, a touch of sweet malts. Light and well carbonated, finishes nice and dry. Lacks the depth of better pale ales, but very tasty nonetheless.