Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very nice IPA. Not as citrusy as I prefer but very nice. Not huge bitter but subtle presense very drinkable. Bitter Toffee flavor near end of bottle. I like it!!!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured orange and clear, quickly diminishing head, some lacing. Malts were bready and thicker than I thought. Hops were soft, round, full and warming, especially at the sides and back. A fine, more traditional version of IPA.
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Bottle. Pours with decent head when prompted but no staying power. Honey, caramel and light hops nose. Taste is same with mild bitterness. Very light body and short toffee aftertaste. Whats the deal with British IPAs? I love the Goldings in the profile, but the alcohol contents are too low and hopping more characteristic of bitter/pale ale than IPA. Their ESB has a much higher alcohol content for pete sake (5.9% vs 4.8%). Fuller dudes, IPA is supposed to have higher gravity, abv and hops than ESB. That was why the IPA beers made it in better condition to India in the first place. This beer is a great pale ale. It is not a great IPA.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty good, nice strong hoppy flavor, albeit not quite enough for ipa, imo
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Body the color of brass, a tight white head, and moderate carbonation. Aroma of caramel, flowers, and some funky veggies. A full-flavored ale with light malt sweetness and medium bitterness. Flowery, bitter aftertaste. This beer gives you instant bad breath.
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper in color, very liitle head. Malt aroma and flavor. medium body. malt characteristics seem a little overwhelming to the mild bitter and short finish.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium amber with no head on the pour. Aroma is a strange mix of earthy hops, anise, dough and mold. Yes, mold. Flavor is tons of dough competing with the anise to determine which flavor will come out on top. These two completely overwhelm any hop characteristics in the flavor profile. Finish is mild and forgetable.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 500 mL bottle, served in pint glass. Small, off-white, fizzy head diminishes rapidly. Body is medium / light in appearance and looks suprisingly like a glass of iced tea. Very little visible carbonation. Damn, even a slightly sugary iced tea aroma. Toasted, caramel malt; grapefruit, flowery hops; no detectable yeast. A bit of honey in the aroma also. Definite honey in the taste along with flowers and citrus. Sweet and bitter throughout. No acidity. Suprisingly light body. Short finish. Very watery texture. Flat carbonation. I was expecting something along the lines of Sam Smith's India Ale and got a glass of watered down iced tea with a shot of vodka and a tablespoon of honey instead. How dissapointing. Rerate: 11/12/2003 My original opinion of this brew stands. I find it laking when compared to the ESB and EPA and also quite harsh. Honey-tea-vodka reconfirmed.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a beautiful amber with little lasting head and little lacing. Decent carbonation but not a lot of aroma.
Taste was mild but good. No where near as good as Three Floyds Dreadnaught, but I certainly wouldn't turn this down and would drink it again.
BBB63 (5941) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber hue with small head and almost no lacing, thin to medium-bodied. Piney and grassy hop aroma with a hint of raisin and tobacco. A slow advance of hoppy bitterness, not aggressive, finished pretty clean and smooth for an IPA. Slightly buttery and yet fizzy. A traditional English IPA, not overhopped west coast (or Three Floyds) style. Very quaffable, recommened to those of us who aren't serious hop heads.