mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle BBD020705 Nice, rich brassy color. Good head & lace...happy bubbles. Nice nose of malt & floral, citrusy, piney hops. This smells fresh. I wonder how long after bottling that date is? Light bodied. Flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Malt is somewhat there, hop flavors are there, but not a super bold beer. It is light drinking, which hurts it a tad. Hops dominate, but bitterness not as promounced as some. Still, a lingering hop resin, citric note perists in the aftertaste. Seems more pale ale than IPA...But a good hoppy beer.
loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Some say that this is the best of the regular production Goose Island products. Perhaps the best lacing of any beer I’ve ever had. Beautiful huge white foamy head. This is a good IPA all around. Very nice grapefruit nose. Hoppy body. Very bitter finish, almost like an ESB. Quite good. Nice colorful labels as well.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 Golden orange in color with a white head. Has a orange and lemon citrus notes in the aroma. Sometimes it can smell like juicy fruit gum, or have grassy hops dominate the citrus. Flavor varies significantly from batch to batch. Some are very sweet and citrusy while others have much more hop profile to them. Very nice hoppy citrus lemon and orange taste with some noticable malt to balance. A superb brew very fruity and tasty.
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
08.29.04 12oz bottle. Golden color, or a pale amber; smallish head. Pretty standard micro-IPA in most respects, but with a real kick-ass aroma. Lots of citrus blossoms, springtime pines, and grapefruit breakfast smells make for a delicious nose. The flavors don’t really keep up as the hops, which were so welcome in the aromas, completely take over the flavor. Nice bitterness on finish, but an aftertaste that lingers in a not so great way. Thanks Bunkypop.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught: Clear, ruby-amber color. Lasting, average, creamy white head. Excellent lacing. Heavy flowery, grassy, piney, sprucy, citrusy, hop flavor. Also some clove notes. Medium body and slick texture. Average carbination. Bitter finish. Heavily bitter. Pretty good IPA.
JonMoore (1861) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Safeway. Golden coloured, with a good white head. Very hoppy, aroma and a hoppy taste. Bitter and slightly malty aftertaste. Medium body. Good IPA.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a thick frothy off white head. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, caramel, pine, and light bread with a hint of spice. Medium velvety body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of bread, orange peel, grapefruit, biscuits, caramel, and pine with a hint of spice and leather. Hoppy, but not as ridiculously overdone as with some American IPAs. Good.
AlabastorJones (803) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very hoppy nose, clear golden/orange color, very thin white head, a little light in the palate, hoppy flavor but lacking depth, no subtle hints of fruit or gnomes hats, a little malty and then a bitter hop finish, not bad but not a stand out by any stretch.
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excellent hop flower nose - after that a nice sharp flavour but then gives way to a pretty standard IPA. Good but not great.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Piney aroma, hoppy taste. Bitter, as you would expect from the style.