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RATINGS: 1906   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Our IPA recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result, quite simply a hop lover’s dream. And this classic ale adds a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, to ensure that the long hop finish is one you’ll remember.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Pours copper with a frothy white head. Aroma is hops and citrus and maybe a little pine. Flavor is a blast of bitterness very much up front and even later in the brew. Strong yet very pleasant. A tasty brew indeed. Yummy!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2005
Bottle from a friend. Aroma: before the hops hit (immediately upon pour) there was a doughy smell. Then the hops came and were balanced between grassy and grapefruit hops. Appearance: a bubbly 20k gold. Frothy white head with EXCELLENT lacing. The flavor was not really a hoppy domination. A touch of caramel and dough. Light citrus hops with some fruitiness. Lots of toasted malts. Palate is refreshing, sweet, had excellent carbonation, and a medium mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1221) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2005
On tap @ GI Clybourn. Reddish orange color with a white head. The aroma is piney first and then citrusy. Malty flavor at first with a huge piney flavor. Nice mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2619) - North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 Bottle, from trade with TAR. Good nose, lemon, grass, sourdough, Clean pale golden color, small head that faded to a hazy cover. Bitter flavors, Lemon, kinda metallic and soapy, Thin body, Watery mouthfeel, though a little creamy, sort of, bitter dy finish. Had a scent that reminds me of some lagers. I imagine this once seemed bigger, but now is on the lite side of things. Thanks TAR.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2005
On tap at Hyatt Downtown Very nice appearance and great head retention. NIce hop aroma, but could be more evident. Very hoppy taste, citrusy with grapefruit accent. Bitterness well balanced with malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 A surprisingly deep flavor (from a now mass-brewer). Takes their already hoppy flavor to a new place. Stays smooh and clean on the palate with malt-caramel flavor mixed in with the hoppy fruit presence. [$6.79/6pk]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
Pours a very thick head that lasts -- even the lacing stays up at the top of the glass forming what could be described as a Roman Aqueduct pattern. Beer has a nice light amber color too, though quite light for an IPA it does have the characteristic lack of bubbles. Malt shows through the typical floral hops in the aroma carrying with it a faint impression of tomato soup. Similarly, there are some tomato-garlic soup elements to the flavor, commendable for a beer style not known for much being able to show over the standard high floral hoppiness. The finish is more along the lines of a typical IPA in that hops come back further to the forefront. I agree that this seems more like a great pale ale than a robust IPA, but I’ll only dock it 2 overall points for this in that the beer is very satisfying in any case.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 First experience was on tap at Clybourn. Thought I should give it another try (via bottle) because Goose Island rarely lets me down. Turns out I was right...

October 31, 2005 / 12-oz. bottle.
Still a beauty with a more promulgating and alluring spicy hop and floral aroma. Balanced profile and void of the searing qualities I found on tap. Fantastic malt sweetening to hold up the brisk bitterness.

April 11, 2005 / On tap at the brewery.
Color is a murky brownish-orange. Smells dry hopped, with a predictable floral bouquet, along with a dash of lemon grass. Flavor is grassy and hoppy, but not as aggressively hopped as aroma suggested. Creamy, moderate body. Seems to be missing some carbonation, but there’s a descent pilsener and caramel malt presence along with the 40-some IBUs that help balance the beer and bring it back on track. Finish is nice, bitter, and sweetly floral. Backend hop finish is better and more consistent with the IPA genre than the first taste on the palate would suggest. Still, I think I’d be more inclined to file this as a Pale Ale rather than an IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2005
Draft at the brewery. Not the strong hop taste in most good pale ales. The lightness and lack of a strong flavor does go well with the good food severed at the brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2005
Very nicely done (if a bit unadventuresome)...great hop aroma with citrus and floral notes...malty sweetness predominantly in the flavor...and hop bite returning to save the day in the finish. Good all around IPA.


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