heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden, nice head. Powdery citrus hop aroma, bit of pine and resin. Arte these warriors? Nice bitterness, well-bodied and balanced. Touch of crystal sweetness, but not too much. A bit more exotic fruitiness from the hops in the flavor. Well balanced and nice.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Nice amber color with a healty head that leaves some lace as it recedes. I like the aroma a lot...malt and resiny, fruity hops. I like to be able to smell the malt. It comes through as fresh cookies to me here...Body is a bit light and Iím getting that big crisp sappy bitterness I expected....rather a lingering resin is preasant and I can sense mountain water washing over my tongue too...There are a lot of hops in the flavor, showing peaches and apricots and maybe orange blossoms. This is a solid IPA that Iím really enjoying...I had thought I picked up 2 bottles of it from Liquor Max, but it looks like I got 2 Plaid Bastards instead...hopefully it is as enjoyable as this one is! I like that the body is light and the bitterness isnít overdone...malt shows up too, which I think is essential to my enjoyment of hoppy beers. Fruitiness appears more citusy to me as I drink it. I need to make the drive and visit this place...I hope they hold out!
Ernest (5892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 22oz bottle.
Head is initially very small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie, husks), moderately hoppy (flowers, grapefruit, resin, apricot).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation.
Bit simple and grainy in this latest batch. Used to be pretty good, maybe just a temporary stumble?
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Clear and light amber-red with a nice and frothy head. Smooth texture; nice carbonation level. But overall kind of light-bodied. Sweet, caramel-flavored malts with some toast. Hops were nice, too, with notes of pine, herbs, light grass and mild citrus (sweet orange and light grapefruit). Clean-tasting IPA. RERATE: Piney nose. Nice malt backbone, with caramel and sugar cookies. Citric sourness (grapefruit and orange peel). Decent hops, with spruce and grass aromas.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big sweet, sticky hop aroma. Clear red/yellow. Medium body. NIce round taste, hoppy throughout but balanced. Nice mildly bitter finish. Big and hoppy.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draught @ The Grand Lake Brewing Company in Grand Lake, CO. Deep red color. Aroma is hop accented (resin, grapefruit, lemon) along with a fruity malt and caramel contribution. Tastes of butter toffee and caramel underneath an onslaught of juicy hop flavors. A bit light in body, which keeps it from being incredible. Still very good though.