howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My kind of IPA. Big, unique blend of piney and orangey hop aromas, big juicy maltiness, bracing hop flavors and bitterness. Well balanced, tipping toward the hop side of the scales, of course.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at cellar temp. Pours golden brown. Huge fluffy, silky head, laced in distinct rings in an English pint glass. Slightly grapefruity aroma. Oakey, slightly buttery flavor with nutty overtones. Mouthfeel is slightly watery. Finish is bitter but it’s not a good kind of bitter, kind of a charred aftertaste. Seems to have the bitterness but not the sharpness and hoppiness of a great IPA. Decent, but out of balance and flawed in the finish. May be too warm.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fairly dark and ruby colored brown. Poured with a very large white head. The aroma is a fairly massive orange peel and nutmeg. Also earthy hints. The taste is floral with orange peel and breadcrust. Very flavorful for a regular IPA. Notes of pine in the aftertaste. Fairly light mouthfeel. Very nice.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not too much aroma here. This beer produced a HUGE rocky head that wouldn’t go away. Great color and lots of floaties. Nice beer.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium hoppy aroma, with some grainy malt notes coming through. Sweet toffee/biscuity start with a balanced hoppy finish. Less overpowering than some IPAs. Nice and refreshing.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet hops in the nose, quite floral, with some pine sap and lychee. Quite sweet to start then really bitter to finish. Slightly spicy, citric finish aswell as lychee/pine/grapefruit. Lots of flavour. Palate is quite heavy.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Bottle at Chris’, thanks to joet. Wonderful piney hops in the aroma. Taste is very hoppy with a little malt. Nice AIPA that’s all about the hops.
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A copper coloured beer with a soapy white head. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy like the Stone. The taste has hops and some strawberry notes. Drinkable but you can only have so many American hoppy beers in one sitting that you start getting ambivalent.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque dark amber with a good sized off-white frothy head. Fair retention with sticky lacing. Piney, citrus aroma with some sweet malt...nothing fancy, just simple. Citrusy, floral flavor palate, not overpowering, malty, bitter and sweet finish, alcohol comes in to play on the finish as well. Good palate of flavor, body is big and creamy. Solid IPA.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big flavors, sweet malts really hold strong through the wash, great bittering, not too sharp, not too dull. fresh.