JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is rather astringent. Muted aroma of earthy grass. Brilliant, clear copper color with a fluffy white head. Sharp, almost piercingly bitter, EKG hops, leaves a long lasting hop residual on the tongue. The malts are along for the ride, not in the forefront by any stretch. Thanks to DarkElf for the sample!
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden with a bit of copper. The aroma is dissapointing for an IPA. Hoppy flavour but nothing interesting here.
LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The clarity on this beer is exquisite! Fery pleasant Noble Hop Aroma. A decent Hop flavor and the IBU bitterness is appropriatly balanced by the Malt. Overall a find engish IPA. I prefer a little more HOP flavour and IBU such as u get with an american IPA. But this is good nonetheless.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not very balanced.. kind of a dry hoppy flavor. Nothing Iíd really buy again... not bad though.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Nothing too special going on here, but this is a pretty nice session IPA, decent malt backbone, acceptably hoppy. Malt is lightly sweet and has an English character to it. The hops start slow, allowing the malt to establish itself on the palate, but moderately bitter hops take over the finish, lending a nice grapefruity aftertaste. I didnít know either of these English hop varietals yielded a grapefruit flavor, and I certainly donít recall having any British IPAs with grapefuit overtones. The nose is pleasant, if a bit on the mild side, malty, a bit hoppy. Medium body, nicely carbonated, fairly clean on the palate, with a lingering bitterness. Bright, clear amber body topped by a fairly white, but smallish head that recedes to a thin halo and leaves a few streaks of lace on the glass. I think this is pretty nice, something Iíd buy again, and the fancy new label sure beats the boring old one.
Ratman197 (9560) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap poured a clear copper with a white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Dry bitter hop flavor witha hint of carmel. Nice crisp mouthfeel.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is of spicy hops and some faint resin. There is a distinctly sulfurous and vegetal aroma in here as well, that Iím not digging. Flavour has a light malt backbone with some wet, dank, hoppiness. On the finish there is a touch of orange/grapefruit. No real punch in this one and the bitterness is definitely lacking. Not a great example.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this is the same IPA that everyone has rated. The label is different...not sure if the recipe is too? Iím not a big fan of the NW IPAís...too much Fuggles er sumthiní. Pretty looking beer and certainly distinctive. Aroma is weak along with the head. As I chew on it there seems to be some bitter orange peel and grapefruit. I like the bitterness...wonder what those hops are? The other IPAís are much better. This one is made for the masses...shaka tamasna kata frata brada!!!
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Tap. Clear deep golden color w good, tight, dense, off white, lasting head, good carbonation, decent lacing. Aroma is light roast malt w a full, floral, spicey, hop presence. Flavor is lt. roast pale malt w the above mentioned hops, dry, a bit sour, malty creaminess is there but it takes a back seat to the bitter burn and pleasantly spicey hop dominance. Well into medium bodied. I had to catch myself a few times to not make a pucker face from the bitterness & hop burn (I was in a crowd of beer drinkers, otherwise Iída puckered and enjoyed it). The balance is towards the hops with a bit of a need for more and a bit richer maltyness but still quite good. Lip smacking bitterness on the finish and aftertaste. Iíve seen this here in 6 ers and hope to compare the bottles to the tap version. Iíll bet this goes very well with food. 7/7/05 Iím dropping this down .2. Just had another and it was not as hoppy. There was a slight metallic flavor and the malt was more noticable & a touch sweet when it warmed up. Still love the hops & bitterness though. Add on 7/15/05: Just had the bottle and it is nice with a pleasant spicey, peppery flavor to the hops w a nice malt flavor but there is a noticable metallic/plastic taste that is disappointing. Iíll drink this on occasion because its hard to get good beer here in N Idaho. Iíd rate the bottle @ 3.5.-
10/11/06 The malt flavor has an English style characteristic to it. 11/18/06 What I considered metallic/plastic in the taste is now IMO the English style malt. This beer has become my default house brew. It sells here at 6/$6.55 reg price.
Ernest (6164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow to light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Leave it to Full Sail to take English hops and make them smell like floor polish. Boring simple aroma, unbalanced harsh finish (even given the style). Not enjoyable.