Bjorn74 (3) - Copenhagen V, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent aroma of fir-needles and grass, with some sweet notes of malt.
Not much head, but that might be pouring - a deep golden/bronze colour. A lovely combination of sweet and bitter taste, balancing towards the bitter. A very potent, almost burning, hop-experience, great for a hop-lover!
A bit unbalanced in the overall flavour/palate picture.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, light amber with a creamy white head. Citrus and pine in the nose. Citrus and pine in the flavor. Body is medium, doesn’t feel like 6.8 %. Bitterness hangs around a while. Pretty good.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Maverick bomber. One of those frustrating beers to pour. A huge creamy head blossoms no matter how gentle you are and takes forever to dissapate. Murky burnt orange color, perfect. Aroma and flavor have both mellowed out with the 3 or so years of age on this bottle. The malts are more discernable with the hops having lost some of their bite while becoming more refined. Still there is a crisp bitter presence throughout the beer more rich than pungent. One of the very best IPA’s, this one could give many a brewers double IPA a run for its money on flavor.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 12 ounce bottle. Tons of piney, resinous, hop aroma. Copper and gold, depending on the light, with a billowing white head. As the head fades, most of it clings to the side of the glass. Has to be the best lacing I’ve ever seen. Lots of spice, earthy hop flavor, with some of the typical grapefruit and caramel. Big time bitter. I bit puckering. Starts out sweet, and finishes dry, again, that is probably due to hops more than anything. Welcome in my glass anytime.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is superb. A complex mix of herbs, pine, citrus--all the good American IPA elements. The flavor is rich and smooth, even a little juicy, but not quite as complex as the aroma. This beer almost gets into IIPA territory, with its high alcohol and huge amounts of hops. Reminds me a little bit of Victory’s Hop Wallop, actually. I will certainly buy this again.
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best IPA I have ever had. Strong strong fruity hop flavor with just enough malt balancing to not overpower the hops. Great hop aroma with tight lacy pale head. Great beer.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 Bottle. Pours amber with some haze and a thin white creamy head. Faint aroma of malt, some bread notes, but hops seemed to have faded. Flavor of caramel, toffee, mild toastiness, and piney hops. Bitter finish, with some notes of tea and soap. Of the three IPAs I had, this weekend, this was the weakest. Lost Coast Indiga and Mendocino IPA were better IMO. This is still decent, but not worth the price I pay in TN.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a slightly hazy golden color, with a thin white head that lasted the whole experience. Aroma of bread and big hops. This is a really well balanced IPA, the marriage of malt and hops reaches near perfection in this beer. The only problem i had with this, was that it seemed a bit thin, at least to me. I would still drink this again, and again, and again.
Lubiere (12553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber IPA with a thcik creamy off-white head. Overflowed upon opening. Bready malt in aroma with pinhey hops, a bit aged in character. In mouth, a classic IPA with a good malt backbone, biscuity, and floral hops, with noted citrus in finish, not overpowering. Medium to rich body, dry and sharp. Well balanced and pleasant. Just lingers pleasantly in mouth.
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured out a very enticing orangy-copper color, just a bit muddy, with an medium ivory head. Aroma was sharp citrus and pine. The overwhelming flavor was pink grapefruit, but had a nice sweet malt character initially then gave way to the grapefruit and bitter hops on the finish. Complex and full bodied on the palate, just the right amount of carbonation. The overpowering grapefruit flavor kept me from rating this as high a some of the other premium IPAs, but overall this was a very good beer.