tresero (1) - USA - APR 18, 2004 does not count
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is not really an IPA is it? NO hop aroma, no hop bitterness.
It is a good Brown Ale.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great beer, but I'm not sure why it's classified as an IPA. It simply didn't have the barrage of intense hop flavors that I expected from a beer of this type. Instead, I tasted a moderately hoppy ale with a great sweet, caramel flavor. It poured an attractive amber with a mammoth head (from bottle), leaving sheets of lace behind. Mouthfeel was incredibly smooth, going down full and creamy, but not too thick. I didn't experience the wealth of hops that I feel should identify a brew as an IPA, but otherwise this is an excellent beer.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lacked the full hops taste and aroma that I expected in an IPA. Likewise, the head was on the thin side. Good, but not great.
Indra (2616) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, fruity aroma, some light nutty, caramel and butterscotch along with some distinctively herbal, flowery hop notes. Medium orange-amber color, faintly hazy, with a fine, creamy head. Balanced flavor profile, malt and hops accented almost equally, with a goodly amount of caramel and sugary sweetness meeting the fruity, herbal hop flavors and bitterness. Finish is largely dry and hoppy with a very small amount of lingering malt. Palate is exceedingly smooth and creamy, body is medium. Very drinkable once it warms properly.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper color. There is a sweet aroma with noticable English hops. The taste is sweet and dry along with being moderately hopped.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured beautiful clear amber with a large white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a generous dose of floral hops. Flavor is also sweet and hoppy, kind of watery with a dry finish. Medium body and smooth carbonation. Not bad at all, this could be a good session ale.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good copper color. Head disappeared rather quickly, decent lacing. A sweet hoppy initial taste with a mild hop finish. A decent beer, would have liked a bigger hop finish.
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours out with a thick head that quickly dissipates. very malty smelling. nice taste, but not hoppy enough. this is good, but i guess i am more prone to liking an american brewed ipa. not bad though. goes down really easy.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour is golden amber with a frothy head dissolving to a coat of lace. Nose is malt with a crisp green apple smell. Flavour is clean and bitter and well hopped. I really like this beer. It does however make me marvel at how far the Brittish have strayed from the original IPA style. The American IPAs with their heavy hopping and high alcohol content tend towards the original IPA (though are still far lower in both IBU and ABV than the original beer shipped from England to India). In addition to producing a well crafted brew, Fullers seems to be tipping it's hat to the true nature of an IPA, and for that I salute them.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clean light copper color with a small amound of head off of a careful pour. Aroma is sweet with floral and cirtus notes, and has a burnt caramel tone to it as well. Flavor is not nearly enough hopped to be a real good IPA in my book. It only ends with a little oily bitterness.