5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Vibrant golden, moderate to large white foamy head, lattice like lacing, no visible carbonation. Wet hop aroma, a touch of sweetness, but also a bit of sweat and fertilizer. Mild hop bitterness on the tongue, not as sweet as I thought it would be. Decent malt base however. Not as crisp or flavorful as I would have liked. Body and mouthfeel are fairly average. Somewhat boring finish yet clean, just mild lingering hop bitterness. No floral or citrus aspect to this IPA. More of a stronger American Pale Ale if you ask me. Thanks Ken!
Ratman197 (11234) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear light copper with a yellowish head. Aromas of biscuits, carmel, and some grassy and earthy notes. Palate is medium body a bit reiny and a little dry in the finish. Flavors of biscuity malt and earthy hopswith a bitter, dry finish.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Citrus aroma with some sweet malt backing. Citrus flavor with some malt. Standard IPA with goodbitterness.
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Indiana_Red via trade. Aroma is very citrusy with a touch of sweet malt. Pours a transparent amber with a small white head. Lots of citrus and sweet grapefruit throughout. Grapefruit hops are present, but not as strong as most. Balance falls a tad more on the malt and sweet side, but very nicely done. Slightly APA-ish. Pleasantly suprised by this one. During the summer this could definitely be a "go to" beer.
Aubrey (3488) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rusty orange. Decent mouthfeel -- lightish, but chewy and solid; pretty good carb. level. Sweet malts laden with cookie dough, powdery cocoa, and lingering dark chocolate. Aromatic hops, with notes of flower petals, sugared grapefruit, and wholesome earth. Nice bitterness level -- just enough to cleave off the loitering sweetness. Overall, I thought it was nicely balanced, well made, and tasty. A solid IPA.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor starts sweet fruit (peach) a slight metallic taste finishing grassy and bitter with a dry orange rind aftertaste. Smooth, medium palate. Not bad, not great. Idaho? Hum.
jazz88 (2605) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. I was psyched to have an Idaho beer, so it didn’t really matter how this tasted. A golden color with a quickly laced off-white head. An earthy aroma with a big malt base and a dull grassy hop aroma. A nice bitter finish with a buscuity malt flavor.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear med. amber with a small head. Aroma is grassy , and earthy. Some notes of grapefruit, but their minor. Flavor is heavily sweet, malty cookiness. Some citrus but mild, and diacetyl is heavy. Some oxidized flavors. Med bitterness.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 This beer came to me in my beer club. I am unfamiliar with the brewer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright copper color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is sweet grapefruity hops. The flavor is very sweet with moderate fruity hops. The hops are fairly subdued considering the aroma. The balance is a bit too far on the sweet malty side though.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) I bought sixers of various Grand Teton beers, and after sampling some of the other offerings from this brewery, I was expecting this IPA to be pretty lame as well. Happily, this is a pretty nice IPA, pleasant enough, quite flavorful, but not in your face. Grassy, fruity, fairly sweet, and with a fairly bready malt backbone, the moderately bitter hops is in reasonable, though not perfect balance. The hops shows mostly notes of mild grapefruit in the long-lasting finish. Medium in body with a fairly crisp mouthfeel. Aromas of light malt, bready, grassy, and a bit musty, but lacking sufficient hops for total balance. Dark golden color with some light haziness. Off-white head is pretty average all around, fading to a thin, bubbly layer, but leaving a "lunar landscape" patchwork of lace. Certainly not in the top tier, but decent enough to buy a sixer for those times when you just want to consume a decent beer.