BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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]
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 Iíll only dock it 2 overall points for this in that the beer is very satisfying in any case.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 thereís 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 Iíd be more inclined to file this as a Pale Ale rather than an IPA.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden colored with citric & floral hoppiness, this brew provided a nice accompanyment to some seriously spicy food.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden with medium white head. Floral and citrus aroma. Initially a very good hops taste but it ends up a little dry and thin thus the low score in the palate catagory. Itís not bad especially for a beer I can find in Krogers but it reminds me of what IPA concentrate would taste like. Similiar to the difference between orange juice from concentrate and fresh squeezed.
pootzboy (1602) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a medium lightly hazed gold with a fair tight cap. Soft carbonation. Aroma of grapefruit, apricots and sweet malts. Viscous mouth feel...good malt spine gives a sweetish biscuity taste where mild hops and the yeasts add an apricot taste that turns bitter in the finish...very nice.. I like this IPA... wasnít expecting this from GIB.
WisconsinBeer (712) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy orange, nice looking beer. More in the way of pine like hop notes than a heavy citrus palate. Hop/malt balance is nice. Comes across somewhat dry. Hops flavors arent real colorful, but it is still a solid IPA that is easy to drink anytime.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy aroma, as expected. Some malt in the taste. Bitter finish. Balanced. Not the best IPA that Iíve had, but it tastes good. Something about it reminds me of Bellís APA, but I canít pick it out. There is a taste of pine...I could taste it most heavily when I burped haha.