IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2006 This was the first IPA that I tried and I absolutely loved it. The aroma is like a spritz of orange. The color, while not as nice as some more expensive IPAs, is an orange that further suggests a citrus flavor. The flavor has a very nice mix of bitterness, with hops that linger through the floral/citrus and a good, dry finish. Only problem is that it could stand to be a bit more hoppy.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden color, a somewhat thin head. Clean citrus-hop aroma; good mouthfeel with a smooth malty finish that keeps this beer interesting to the end.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 Golden colour with minimal head. The aroma is citrusy with notes of lemons. The flavour is immensely hoppy but too extreme. Almost like grapefruit at breakfast which desperately needs sugar. Too hoppy for me but doubtless a fine beer. Score 3.1
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5, 3.8, 3.6, 3.6 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.5
Antonioism (11) - Warrensburg, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice citrus flavor, quite hoppy with a zany bitterness. A bit too much hoppiness for me but other than that, it's preety good.
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A well balanced hop flavor with good nose and head. A IPA that can be had all night. Decent head and nice lacing make this a fine IPA.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this when in Chicago last ... excellent. Could use just a bit more hops/bitterness.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma begins with a crisp, grassy hop, towards the middle more sour apples develop. Deep golden color, clear with some tiny bubbles, and nice head. Flavor mirrors the aroma, very hoppy at first, not the piney quality of west coasts, and towards the middle the malt comes alive. Firm body and touch of sourness. Crisp tart finish. Decent.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a very good IPA. Not very hoppy.. but i consider that an advantage more then a disadvange. Sweet taste, just enough hops to keep it intresting, but still nothing special.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like grapefruit and pine, what a shocker. Amber with decent head. Thin mouthfeel. One dimensional malt flavor is completely dominated by citric hops. Where is this frutiness I have been hearing about? Hops won't go away, even after the glass has long been emptied. Should come with a white and black generic American IPA label on it with a caution: This beer lacks creativity or character. BTW, if you are looking for a great IPA from this region, get the Bells Two Hearted Ale listed to your right.
kumite56 (468) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance is nothing special but fairly standard for the style. Frothy white head on an amber body. Aroma is dominated by the floral /citrus aroma. The taste however is supported by a nice malt backbone for an IPA. Mouthfeel is nice and buttery. I like this beer and would add it to my repurchase list. Give this one a shot.