beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a clear golden yellow with a thin white creamy foamed head, some spotty lace. This smells like an IPA, oh....so hoppy fresh. Nice estery aroma of peach and a bit of apple, super bright and strong on the nose, just as it should be. A treasure of pleasure to wiff. The taste is nicely bittered hop, firm & mild, lightly earthy, supreme drinking here. Has a waxy/oily feel and is quite full with dulled lightly bittering dryness, ...nice! I was surprised to say the least, the goose has landed, I'm impressed, good job on this IPA. Hopheads should be able to enjoy this I would think, I did, and I don't consider myself to be, but I know decent IPA's when I drink em and this fits right up there.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a grand orange amber whatever color, with a decent head and a fairly lively carbonation. The head didn't last long but it has a pleasing strawberry aroma with some hops. Tasty and very well balanced with a smooth finish. I didn't find it near as hoppy as the last couple IPA's I've tried, but I think this is a very refreshing and well made brew.
DrnkMcDermott (2715) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 Draft, at the brewery. Not a hophead’s IPA, but a good one to suggest to friends. All the homebrewers gathered at the brewery break room agreed the color was "orange." A nice fizzy head helps spread the hop aroma. Yes, there is hop bitterness, but as Dick Solomon on "Third Rock" said, "Not in that fun, spanky way." You also get a balanced fruity taste that matches the maltiness nicely. Well done, and in stores at popular prices.
Re-tasted, 2/6/04: Hmm... the hop component is getting stronger, if anything. Not "extreme" yet, but still good (and I ran my finger through a trash can of foam they were using for blow-off in this brew’s fermenter... mmm, bitter!
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange color, white head, good lacing. Aroma of beef stew simmering on the stove. Nice, mildly hopped brew. Not too bitter and worth buying again.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Diplomatic hoppy peaches elegantly greet the tastebuds they encounter with a fine champagne aperitif...The resinous victuals offered, although light, are very tasty and profess an obvious respect and kinship for humble palates...
sethdude (674) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2003 This is a good IPA. Very floral hops aroma, nice citrus sensation, creamy mouthfeel. Good head and lacing. I like it a lot.
toddlintown (3) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2003 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2003 Love the hops! Big foam. I'm actually commenting on the nitro draft version, served at the original GI. The bottled version sort of wimps out but's still good.
Just had one on tap at the Goose and it's a changed beer. Golden, not a dark copper color as before, no nitro blend, just CO2 and it's lost a lot of the hop bite and fruitiness.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, light-golden color. Kind of like a lighter bodied iced tea. Citrus nose. Quickly diminishing head. Small amount of carbonation. Fairly bitter flavor, hoppy. Again, with citrus. Pretty good representation of the style.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Again, another great value from Goose Island. This IPA is far better than most macro-brewed concoctions. The appearence of the ale and the head are lovely. The first whiff is delectable. Taste is refreshing with an extraordinary balance of hop flavours. Try this!
jgb9348 (4274) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good colour, orange with a light amber tint. A great smell for hop lovers...most likely very well dry-hopped. The taste was great too...very light in the mouth, but with a hoppy aftertaste that lingers perfectly. One of the better IPA's by a larger producer of beers.