Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemon, honey and cream in the nose. Bright gold senset color with a tight cramy head. Creamy piney hops with enough malt to back it up, velvety smooth grapfruit is just enough without being overbearing. Finishes a bit on the light side making this a good session IPA, no if Full Sail would jsut replace Wassail all together and focus on this.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very creamy, honeydew melon, slight grapefruit aromas coming from a cloudy copper colored fluid with a big creamy topping...spicy english hops make a lovely intro..with a nice backing of balancing maltiness..a chewy mouthfeel tops things off..Yum..nice session IPA..just enough english spicy hops to make it lovely...Superb!
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper color. Medium head. Aroma is juicy hops and some malt. A full-bodied IPA. Malts are slightly sweet and a touch nutty. But it’s the big juicy NW hops that dominate this beer. Hops are grapefruity and juicy, without being too bitter. Very well balanced. Nice and smooth. This stuff beats their regular IPA to death. An excellent example of a Pacific NW IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2002 vintage. Deep copper color with a tan head. A load of fresh hops leaps from the glass with a true Pacific Northwest delight.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Belgian lace and an orange-amber appearance with some large bubbles. Nice strong hop aroma that fills your nose with spicy bitterness. The flavor has some maltiness to it however that is not found in the aroma. They have enough malt to blance the generous hops. A well built beer, the hoppiness lingers with the solid background. A very good beer.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially I wouldn't have guessed this an IPA--falls somewhere on the really sweet side of an APA. Nevertheless, good citrus, sweet, grapefruit flavors typical of anything with Northwestern hops. Balance is slightly lopsided towards hops as mine was slightly watery. Bitterness to finish. A very enjoyable beer but not within style guidelines.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light copper. Fat, sticky, frothed foam. Typical hop accented aroma, which mostly shows notes of enticing pine sap and orange. Quickly ruining things are the underlying phenols. Underneathe the hops, a big leafy character, trace of maple, and lightly toasted malt. Funky tangerine, phenolic, and medicinal flavors don't help the cause. An acidic tinge manages to assist in the spoilage of flavors. Long hop belches squelch the lingering toasted malt finish, which is coupled with a touch of salty hop leaf. The palate, which is beautifully round and soft is nice. A very predictable, forgettable IPA.
jsquire (3296) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Huge hop nose in this beer with a deep straw color and a sticky, frothy head. Strong malt backbone but this beer is about the hops. Nice citrus/grapefruit bite to it but not overpowering. Very smooth drinking and very enjoyable.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice IPA. Almost no head, and a hazy appearance to it. Very sweet for an IPA. Has a hoppy aroma, with a hint of fruit to it. A winner.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good hoppy offering, I would drink this anytime. Will have to try in the future when I'm not so already buzzed. I did however did enjoy it so I guess that says something....