Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear light amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit,
apricot, flowers), moderately malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is
lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety
texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent. Yet
another basic hopfest from the northwest. Quite a teeter-totter from
when it first hits your tongue until the finish...goes from too sweet to
too bitter very quickly, and unsettling effect. Nothing much of interest
here, perhaps a little maltier in the nose than some. Has that raw bread
dough yeast smell, common to lots of American beers, not something I
enjoy. Rather flimsy body for its size/style. Drinkable, but not
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bubble gum/citrus hop aroma, apple cider appearance, super dry bitterness, weak body, grassy and grainy
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had it at The Falling Rock in Denver right after Chris tapped it. Amber hazy appearance with a big white head. Aroma is malty and fruity, but not really hoppy. Same with the flavor. There are enough hops to balance but not enough for an I2PA. Apparently all English hops were used in this beer so it does not have the huge Northwest hop character we have become accustomed to in an I2PA. Good beer though.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Imperial IPA?" I think knot. Strong Ale, maybe, but not nearly hoppy enough for an IIPA. It's quite good, though, but I gots'ta rate to style.
Pours a nice amber with some chill-haze that disapates as it warms. Nice lacing.
Aroma is floral and sweet.
Flavor is damn good, but not to style. It reminds me of a cross between an IPA, a Barley Wine, and a Strong Ale. Definate hop presence, but again, not quite an IIPA.
Mouthfeel is crisp and full. Overall this is quite good and worth seeking out. It almost defies catagorization.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not knowing its category, I placed this as a dry barleywine or strong APA. Amber color, glowing bitterness in the taste, with caramel and nutty notes. Acidic. Long, long finish. (on tap, Full Sail Pilsner Room, Portland)
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off: DEFINITELY not an I2PA. Way too sweet and fruity, the hops don't dominate nearly enough. Smells strongly of pineapple, and the taste is ALL bananas at first, with some hops in the finish along with some alchohol. Great beer, extremely unique. The bananas dominate a little too much, but it's just so interesting I had to like it.
Reid (1724) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
New seasonal from my fav brewery..2003 reserve.Comes in the 22 oz brown bottle ,label is red and yellow.
Nice enough ale to look at dark amber with a good sized pure white frothy head.
Beautiful spicy fresh hop aroma.,
Taste however is a wee bit subdued..but certainlly the hops rule this beer..i detect the 7.8 % alcohol..and theres a curious soapy taste at the back of the throat.
all in all though this is pleasant on the palate...
Its a drinkable ale for sure..but I have had much better.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at harborside tap room - reserve '03 ... plennny okay, wishing that it were much more. I did like it .. maybe the full table of cigar smokers and cigarrette in adjacent booth weren't helping. Decent enough or better than I suggest.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another big beer that is labeled as an IPA but is really a strong ale. Full bodied and fruity, although I couldn' t put my finger on which fruit. Fair hop presence. I'm pretty sure you can only get this off cask.