smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Deep gold in color with a white head. The aroma and flavor really did not impress. The flavor just did not develop in the way I like. I love IPAs, I like Goose Island, but I don't like the Goose Island IPA. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm more glad that I got a single.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice earthy hop aroma. Not the citrusy, grapefruity, Cascade aroma that is oh so common in American IPA's. Good deep golden color. Light carbonation and a pillowy white head. Sturdy malt base, earthy hop flavor. I think this is a nice balanced beer. An English style IPA, not American. It won't blow your head off with hops, but that's nice once and a while! Well done!
steview (1020) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 UPDATE 2/1/05: best when consumed by 042405 1244 / what? aroma of grapefruit and a bit of sweaty laundry. head that is very airy and diminishes into nothing in a pace that is too fast. palate seems less active than usual; perhaps a bit flat. bubblegum sweetness, with dry pine and juicy grapefruit hops. i’ve had much better bottles. downrated. UPDATE 3/12/05: best when consumed by 042405 1044 / snifter / awesome! a great bottle! the nose reminded me of Three Floyd’s Gumballhead, and so does the flavor. the body is a hazy amber with a white and tight head that diminishes while leaving lace, and then a nice thick ring around the glass is left. primarily bubblegum, pine, and grapefruit; crisp and smooth, not flat at all; sweet, bitter, then dry, then sweet again because i took another sip; not without a great punch this time around! i uprated all scores because this is what it truly is out of the bottle.
Suttree (5150) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish Brown, with a thick, uniform white head. Grapeftuit and raw hop aroma. Bitter, fruity, earthy hops right up front. Not balanced, but doesn't need to be. I like it.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazy light amber with a decent head and some lace. The aroma was hoppy and slightly malty. The flavor left me wanting more from an IPA, not hoppy enough and an off flavor in the malt backbone that I can't seem to pinpoint. The palate was fine, but the flavor threw me. I won't bother again...
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy, yellow-amber with a small off white head. Aroma is nice, lots of floral hops, citrus and a hint of maple syrup in the sweet roasted malts. Flavor starts out with mild sweet malts before being overrun with the bold hops and a lingering nutty flavor. Medium body and smooth with perfect carbonation. Really nice IPA - thanks Marinaro500.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2003: Clear gold color with a large white head. Pine aroma, with a full body. Ends fairly bitter without much fanfare.
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Somewhat grain-flavored, vegatables aroma mixed with pale hops and oranges. Good palate scouring, but lacks the IPA kick I expect. Can be bland and stale at times.
BBB63 (6051) - 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.