BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 This year batch is very good and worthy of an rating increase, +1 Appearance (better head rentention) and +1 Flavor (hops in balance but still nicely bitter) and a +1 OVERALL, SO MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE, not that I did not enjoy it before.
On tap Wrigleyville: Light copper hue with good head and lace. Aroma was piney and fruity with some roasted malt and grassy notes. The taste was very bitter initally, piney. The midsection of the drink showed some fruity twangy on the edge and solid malt presence in the middle of the palate. The finish was metallic and dry. Thin to medium-bodied with a lively mouthfeel. A solid IPA that isn’t as agressive as some Americans versions but far more the many traditional IPA’s from Britian. Crisp IPA with good hoppy character.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer smells and looks a lot better then it tastes. Oh well, it makes Adam Sandler movies a whole lot funnier.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangish color with medium head. Not overwhelming with the hops aroma but solid.Hoppy bitter taste that finishes the same way. A average IPA
evilpsych (34) - USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
nothing special. just another wannabe IPA. I'm not a huge fan of ales in general, but this one wasnt as harsh as the other ales i've had. hoppy.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attacked by hops was my first thought on this one.A strong almost overpowering hop taste hits the back of your mouth.After that a combination of fruit and some bitterness.But those hops are still there.A very pleasant beer but not for those who like run of the mill
thedm (4868) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized mostly diminsihing bubbles that left a uncarbonated light transparent orange yellow colored body behind. It had a mild hop aroma atypical of most IPA's. Its mouthfeel was bubbly anfd full of IPA hop flavor. The flavor was typical of an IPA with strong hops notes.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex aroma with citrus, grapes, some tobacco, and lots of hops. Light amber color with a very big, thick head. Flavor of bitter hops. Aftertaste is also bitter with some malt. Medium bodied. Well done.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright dark golden color with a stady dark cream colored head. Pleasant freah hops aroma. Nose of mild grapefruit and just a hint of malt sweetness. Light piney flavors start with a finish that is a bit more malty and sweet. Light hops acids seem to carry their way through this one. I like this quite a bit but lacks malt depth english hops to send this one sailing to India. A very good APA.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark orangeish-amber with a nice head. floral and citrus hop aroma. Nice flavor of flowers, pine, grapefruit and citrus, pleasant change of pace with floral hops more prevalent. malt also balances nicely and leads to a pleasant bitter hop finish.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On the teeter-totter of pine versus grapefruit, pine won this one. So much so, in fact, that my bottle was actually infested by the southern pine beetle. Unfortunately, piney IPAs are becoming rarer and rarer due to the affection of this peculiar insect for the resinous, bitter aroma of Pinus virginiana. Luckily, I detected no sawflies, so I plunged into the glass with the fervor of a child opening Christmas presents. And it was good. Comes across as a lighter-bodied cousin of DFH 90 Minute IPA. Aroma is piney, and the flavor is dynamic bitter hops and crisp malts. Solid.