DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
04-Jul-05 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with bkelley68, thanks Brian!) Consumed 4 months before the "best by" date, Iím a bit disappointed in the nose. Moderately hoppy and lightly malty, thereís also some spoiled vegetal aroma creeping in, and while itís not nauseating or anything, itís definitely a distraction. The flavor is nicely balanced, lightly sweet and malty early, with a fairly mild and bitter hops balancing out the beer in the finish. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth on the palate. Clear, amber color. Off-white head rises to nearly an inch in height after the pour, and as it slowly settles (and I continue to consume the beer), a fairly solid curtain of lace is left on the glass. As the lace condenses, itís very reminiscent of ice crystals that form on a window during a cold winter day. This is certainly not what Iíd consider a hoppy IPA, at least not by west coast standards, but the balance is excellent, and the flavor is pleasant. A nice, easy drinking IPA is what we have here.
15-Aug-05 (Draft: Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR) Just a quick update about the nose. Once again, that spoiled vegetal nose is present, so it wasnít the bottle. Whatever they do with the hops, it just has a weird aroma. Otherwise, all other facets are pretty decent. No changes necessary to the ratings.
tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Rerate: I initially rated this when I was a beer novice. At the time, the beer really was impressive. I revisited this beer at a head to head IPA tasting and the beer was more malty than I expected. The malt and hops work together well for a clean flavor. Out of the 10 beers we sampled this one finished 6th. Still a good drinking IPA, not top of the line when compared to its peers, however.
Bottle: Nice thick off white head. Orange in color. Very fruity aroma. Citrus flavors come through. Can taste some malt, follows with a nice hoppy aftertaste, not too bitter though. This is one exceptional brew! Original rating: 4.4
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty, very hoppy. A nice suprise on a hot July day. What more to say...............................................
OldMrCrow (2141) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle.
This one pours a surprisingly light golden with a moderate though short-lived head. The aroma is a picnic of marmalade on whole-grain toast in a pine woods. While the flavor is pleasant enough (if not particularly intense in either its hop or malt profiles), the palate is a bit disapppointing - watery, and overly carbonated. The finish is of dry, slightly metallic, cut-hay hops.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Aroma of fresh hops. A really hoppy, in the citrusy and grassy way, IPA. Maybe not very well balanced, but since i really enjoy hoppy beers, this one really rocks my socks. Some malt in the finish but otherwise, its a little off balance.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Clear, light golden color with a small white head. Nice fruity, citrus hop aroma. Bitter hop flavor with a bit of malt in the background. Dry finish.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was suprised to see I hadnt rated this, but thanks to a great SS, I now can. Real nice up front IPA aroma, sweet citrus aroma but a decent malt textrue. Mouthfeel is a realy blast. Oily and viscous until the sharpness kicks in then I taste the nice malty backbone. Solid beer, nothing amazing, but a top notch session.
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Clear yellow color with sa foamy white head. Very nice fresh piney hop smell. Full mouthfeel. A nice malt taste quickly overtaken by a tasty PacNW hop flavor. Not overly bitter or harsh, a good ipa here.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (GBBF): Light copper with a beige head. Huge hoppy aroma. Medium bodied. Sweet citric hop flavour with some nice caramel and spice behind. Nice beer.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The requisite pine and citrus aroma, leaning towards grapefruit, wafts from this hazy deep golden ale with orange highlights. Flavor is pretty zippy but leans toward the overt bitterness with citrus skin harshness covering up some moderate fruit, a little fuzzy with pine resin burps. Not my fave IPA but drinkable.