MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much better than I anticipated. Of course hops dominate aroma, taste and aftertaste, with a nice bitterness to go with. Much more full and developed than I remembered from last time.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Light amber, almost oragnish with a dense mostly diminishing off-white head. Aroma of piney citrus hops. Lots of hops everywhere but bitterness is kept subdued. Some underlying toasted malt provides some balance, but the hops overwhlem over tastes. Smells fruitier than it tastes.
Tmoney99 (10817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark amber hue with a medium off-white head. Aroma is a medium hoppy with a sweet tone. Complex flavor with a medium to full body. Good complex long finish. Good brew.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy golden yellow color, a strong floral hops aroma with pine. Hops are definitely abundant in this fine refreshing tasting beer. Not much maltiness, bitterness is initally strong than mellows, yet the piney taste of the hops still linger pleasantly at the finish. I have tasted several Goose Island brews and this is one of my favorites.
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is strong hops and pine, with some citrus floating in and out. Appearance is translucent copper, with a pure white head that dissipates very fast. The flavor is hops, hops, and more hops. Enters strongly bitter, with those hops and their pine flavors dominating the slight maltiness that comes through. The bitter finish stays on the back of your tongue long you swallow the beer. Good for the style, but a little too one-dimensional for me. I would have liked more malt to come through in the flavor, and the finish is just too bitter for my tastes.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Light-medium gold with nice white head and some lace. Great pine hops aroma. Flavor is more piney hops, well balanced with malt. A really solid IPA.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
OldGrowth (2703) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.