IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2005
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to DarkElf for this beer.
Poured an effervescent golden with a fizzy white head. Interesting aroma of piney hops with a touch of underlying dirty diapers. Flavor is bland, dry hops with way too much toffee dominating the palate. A disappointig IPA on many levels.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - AUG 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Decent, fresh and citrusy hops. I would have liked a bit more complexity, such as metallic or spruce highlights. Finishes a bit too quickly, and like al Full Sail products, it seems, too sweetly. Too sweet for a session brew...why the hell canít they make this with a drier finish?
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 (9704) - 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 (8411) - 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!!!