bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another great beer from this guys. I never get this kind of beer at home. Thank god for beerfestivals. Great divide is damn good.
adrian910ss (2427) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden coppery color with a small white laced head. Aroma includes pine needles,hops,and citrusy grapefruit. Taste is grapefruity and piney with lots of hops present. An above average west coast IPA. Very refreshing.
hershiser2 (1447) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy medium brownish amber with a small off-white head. Nose is full of citrusy and piney hop aromas, but also full of maltiness. Flavor. Hmm, strange balance of malts and hops. I think I’d prefer this with less malt. Has the citrus hop flavor followed by a roasted maltiness that I’m not crazy about... finish of bitter hoppiness lingers for awhile. In the top 96% of beer? Hah! Slightly above average at best.
OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 From the bottle
Pours a murky orange amber with an ample but short-lived white head.
Aroma is sweet grapefruit and a bit of pine; the flavor is buttered crumpet with marmalade, a strongly hopped IPA with a some diacetyl and a slightly metalic bitterness that cuts in early and lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is good, but not exceptional.
I think this one is overrated. It’s certainly drinkable, but in my book it doesn’t rank particularly highly among IPAs.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Grapevine Mkt. Pumpkin colored, off white head. Not as hoppy as I expected, but then some IPA’s just hide behind their hops. And there’s nothing to hide here. I mean, this is a really wonderful stand-alone ale. Expertly blended malts and delicious in the mouth. Judged against other IPA’s, it’s average. Against other ales, it’s huge.
PhillyBeer2112 (2653) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finishing hops give this beer a resiny almost syrupy mouthfeel that makes this seem heavier than it really is. Clean malts. Hops are citric and piney, the finish is medium bitter. Not very well integrated and one of my least favorite IPA’s.
jefcon (1514) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Severe, warming hops on the aroma of this beer: pine, orange, dried apricot. Looks decent in the glass, with a tiny bit of lacing and some lingering off-white head. The beer itself is a cloudy, dark, pumpkin orange. Big hop bite, of course, mostly of pine. The sweet finish absolves the beer of much of its bitterness - a deft beermaking move, as the IPA is not cloying or sugary. There is even a soft coffee element to the malt component of the beer. A grand IPA.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and GregClow - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Dark orange, small white head. Fresh hop aroma that had a nice combo of citrus and earthiness - a 10/10 aroma for sure, as this was unique and solid. Taste at first disappointed - it came of as quiet stale and harsh and unbalanced. However, after a couple minutes in the glass it mellowed and revealed a really solid IPA, balanced and bitter. Medium mouthfeel, lots of malt taste. Lingering bitterness. Pretty solid, just a little off at first.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrusy mandarin nose. Light sweetish flavour. Seemingly with a perfect balance. Good, crispy and thorough bitterness.
blankboy (6632) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of delicious fresh citrus hops -- oh yeah baby, this is the stuff that makes this HopHead a happy boy! There’s just enough malt in there to balance things out and it goes down nice and easy. A great IPA!