meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours out a clear copper body with a few fingers of light tan head. Rings of lacing were left around the glass as this was consumed. The aroma is bursting with fruity citric hops especially grapefruit there was a slight caramel to it as well that was more apparent later in the session. Definitely can tell from the smell alone this is going to be a good one for a hop fix. Citric hops come first in the flavor with orange and grapefruit notes as well as a bit of pine in the mix as well. A slight malty sweetness can be detected as well to keep this one from going over the top. Excellent hoppy bitter finish on the end that completes this great taste. This is a medium bodied brew that fills the mouth and palette with hops galore. Drinkability is excellent for any one that has a taste for hops if not youíre drinking the wrong brew to begin with. Great offering from Great Divide that is on par with their DIPA and Imperial Stout.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bomber, this poured a rich orange color with a modest white head that disappeared near completely by my secong swig. Itís got a nice pine and orange hop aroma, no malt detectable. The sweet malts are solid in the base of the drink upon which is heaped a cartload of pine, citric, and floral hops. Great lingering bitter finish. I like this brew.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
available in 6 packs now.
Sure is a purty beer; Liquid burnt orange with a beauty-full froth just off-white. Looks like fleece trying to cling to the side of the glass.
Smells like a grass clipping pile sat in the sun for a couple hours, and some crushed barley soaking in malted spring water.
Beautiful hopping starts in the middle of the palate and puts a squeeze on the tongue from the middle to the tip, and leaves a tingly kiss right on the tip of my tongue. Very sexy. The malt is thin but sweet, and even a little raw. It goes the opposite way on the palate, right down very smoothly. Itís like the parting of the red sea, bittering on one side, and malting on the other. So balanced it might give an accountant an orgasm. I could drink, and drink and drink and drink this. Leaves my mouth with a great spiciness like from nibbling on a piece of fresh herb (horehound, sage, thyme, anise basil).
maltdog (615) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear glowing amber of a postcard sunset. Billowing head slowly subsides into a fleecy snowbank. Lacing adheres to the glass as if glued on. Intense fruity aromas of Hawaiian Punch and orange soda, accents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and grilled corn. Similar in flavor; pineapple/orange/Xmas tree hops, sugar cookies, chewy malt sweetness, rubbing alcohol. A double IPA wannabe and too sweet for style. The beer glides over the tongue, slippery as sex. Clipped honey and alcohol finish leads to a gingery spicy aftertaste. Powerful beginning, but falls short at the end.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 (22 oz bottle, $6) Dammit, I hate beers that pour a full glass of head and it takes several minutes and multiple pours to get a decent glass of beer. Ten minutes later, I have a cloudy, orange amber beer in front of me. By this time, the head has finally died down to under 2 inches, and itís extremely bubbly with deep canyons cut into the head. A strong fresh hops aroma greets the nose. I know "bitter" isnít an aroma, but the nose is so hoppy, it smells bitter. Finally getting to taste this beer, itís very hoppy, piney, and very bitter, but this is a pleasant, enjoyable bitterness, not a harsh one. It has a decent malt backbone, enough to make this more than just hop juice, and itís moderately sweet, but this very much remains a hops dominated beer. However, as the beer warms, it develops an extremely fruity and English character -- amazing and delicious. Medium bodied, substantial mouthfeel, with a very crisp, bitter finish. Okay, so this is truly an excellent beer and Iíll overlook the massive explosion of head. And oh my, speaking of the head, the curtain of lace is dense, thick and plentiful, yet quite intricate.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 Big frothy creamy head, hazy orange color - nearly a light brown. Nice fresh hops nose. Light bitter kick, also kind of grassy taste. Medium long lasting.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange/copper color with a nice, tan head. Amazing pine-resin hoppy aromas that really pops out and dominates the beer and the room. Toffee, maybe slightly bready malt plays in the background, but hops is the main player here. Surprisingly low IBUs for such a hoppy beer. Quite enjoyable. Now one of my fatherís favorite IPAs.
Suttree (4906) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange with a decent tan head. Citric aroma, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Very citrusy flavor, with notes of toffee. peppery flavors towards the end. Finishes dry. Dangerously quaffable.
jsquire (3344) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangy color out of the bottle with a thin lasting yellowish head. Fresh hop nose of pine and orange. Raw hop bitterness with lots of orange peel and pine. Body seems a little thin for an IPA. Okay beer.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellowish brown. Sweet grapefruit hops. Hops mainly come out in the finish. A solid IPA, but not at the top of the list.