TheCartel (10) - Elburn, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent grassy aroma. This IPA hits the tongue with a hoppy, pale-ale mouthfeel and leaves behind a malty, mildly roasted quality as the sharpness fades. This is one of our favorite session beers. Goes well with a campfire and your favorite music du jour. Bottle after bottle, we rely on the consistency of this truely delightful brew.
Kevin (2089) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
iím having a good night for good looking brews. this is no exception. clear orange pour that shone with a wonderful thick white head. great orange pineapple and pine hop aroma. sweet delicious hop flavor with a great lemon zest quality to it. the sweetness is subdued and the hops are able to show their stuff. great grapefruit and pine flavors with lemon. a very nice IPA
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy rich golden colour. Thin white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light sweet fruity hop nose. Spicy and citrusy with a touch of pine as well. Beautiful orange/grapefruit flavour mixed with some soft spiciness as well. Well-balanced and very tasty IPA.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Standard IPA. Amber color with a medium whtite head. Smells hoppy and piney. Taste is standard some hops with slight malt notes. Short hoppy aftertaste. Fine but nothing to write home about.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Holy Grail in Cincinnati. This was just listed as Goose Island, with pale ale in parentheses. But, since the rest of the selection there was mostly BMC, Iím guessing they meant it was this one. (If anyone knows for sure, please correct me if Iím wrong) Poured clear and golden with a short head. Good aroma of grassy hops and citrus fruit. Flavor and mouthfeel were pretty well balanced and complex. Tons of dry-hopped goodness along with lemon and orange citrus, a tiny bit of malty sweetness and a little oakiness thrown in for good measure. Goes down dry and crisp. Overall, very good.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I forgot to inventory this so in turn I have forgotten who sent it to me. Thank you, whoever you are. Poured an effervescent golden with a fizzy white head that dissipated completely. Aroma of clean hops and a touch of citrus. Taste is light and hoppy with some lemon. Not much of a malt backbone to this one, just refreshing hops. Body is average and well-carbonated. Although this felt a little watered down to me, it was tasty and clean.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit on the nose, and very strong in the flavor. Hints of sugar in the malt, nice balance. Nice hop finish, yet crisp and clean.
jcr (2220) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Moderate to heavy aroma of Cascade hops ó grapefruit and pine. Also notes of floral hops. Flavor of citrus, bitter grapefruit with a bit of sweet orange and toasted malts. Slight sour aftertaste to go along with the bitter bite. Crisp as an IPA should be. Nicely done.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottleGolden copper color, thin sticky head and fairly retentive lacing. The nose is fairly hoppy with cascade type varieties. A bit floral and grassy but not too assertive. The malts gently come up to greet the nose as well. The flavor is heavily caramelized and toasty with a solid mouthfeel and rounded balance. The finish is smooth with a light lick of bitterness as it rounds the back 10 but is missing the usual ping of flavor. Like if you forgot to add salt to a dish, itís all here, but just not. A good IPA; not focused on the the guns and with a level foundation.
KnutAlbert (6129) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice hop character, refreshingly dry. Amber colour, nice aftertaste. One of the best IPAs Iíve tasted.