MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful copper color, decent foam head on it as well. The aroma is absolutely wonderful. Rich floral and citrus notes. The flavor is a somewhat nutty, but clearlt an IPA.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, bright, glorious orange-toned coloration, fine helping of bubbling froth atop, dotted, lacey. Aroma: fresh and hoppy, very piney, like the needles have gotten lodged in your nostrils, and still fruitiness, too, peach, apricot, pineapple, quite a delectable bouquet, so far.
Taste: AH!, big, brash, brilliantly bitter dance on the plate right off the bat, MMMM!, really, the hops are still fresh, still vibrant, doing a fandango around the senses, leaving sweet, tasty, juicy hoppiness all around. Oh, this is fiercely delicious stuff, a hophead’s delight. Medium to full body, long, bitter, yet sweet, candy-ish finish, excellent texture. These hops never ever quit, they’re all over the place.
Only 60 IBUs, only 6.8%ABV? I don’t believe it! This IPA is a never-ending delight, just issuing forth everything you’d want in a super-hoppy brew! I wish, truly, that I had more than this piddling little 22 oz. bottle at my disposal.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber body, thin white head that leaves tons of lacing. Hoppy aroma, has resinous grapefruit rind along with slightly floral/musty caramel sweetness. The flavor features similar characteristics, it starts with bright, crisp grapefruit hops, earth, and dry wheat bread and finishes with a dry sprucy hops. This IPA is on the dry side, with intense and crisp hops. There’s a good malt backbone, but it takes a backseat to the hearty hops.
calicool (16) - Keller, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Don’t let the other reviews steer you wrong. This beer is hoppy. It’s not overwhelming though. There’s a nice, clean, crisp feel to it. It has very nice malt flavor as well. It just doesn’t leave you with the bitterness of some other double IPA’s. Overall, I highly recommend this brew.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this was a phenom ipa! i loved every drip of it. super smooth and super tasty. was a bit less hoppy then your avereage ipa, but had a slight fruity taste to it that was remarkable. loved this brew.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
lightly hazy orange w/ a lasting off white head. Woody and citrusy hop aroma, lightly toasty malt, and medium fruitiness which is mostly citrusy hop. Flavor is lightly grapefruit citrus, well balanced just to bitter, and has a good bready malt flavor. Finish is on the malty side immediately, but in very finish into the aftertaste it is mildly bitter and hop flavored...again, citrusy. Overall frutiness in flavor is moderate. Very smooth, medium body, higher carbonation which is lightly acidic though. Very good IPA, nicely bitter and has subtle complexities for a stronger session beer.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 Re-rate 6/6/05: 2003 Maverick IPA. Not at all what I remember from the Titan IPA, but it says they are the same beer. Perhaps the beer changes significantly with age? This one has some serious similarities to DFH 60 minute IPA, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. My re-rate is as follows: Ar 7, Ap 4, Fl 7, Pal 4, Ov 14. So, it loses 4 points. Floral hop aroma. Hops more subdued than the Kuhnhenn American IPA I had just before it. Huges dishwater, frothy large bubble head. Clear, slightly hazy amber color with lively carbonation. Frothy, crystalized lace. Maltier than the Kuhnhenn. Richer, more salty. I’m detecting something different. Not as good as my memory of the Titan from a little less than a year ago, but perhaps I am more remembering the Hercules. 8/25/04: Aroma features some hops (less than I would have guessed for a 65 IBU IPA) but also some fairly prevalent sweet malt. Rich cloudy amber in color with average sized off white head that is mostly diminishing. Cascading lace. At first sip, the hops are very noticeable, but they are held down somewhat by a very peppery, molasses mouthfeel. Also features some grapefruit essence. If IPAs had personalities, this one would be serious and witty. I tend to like my IPAs more outgoing and funloving. Nevertheless, a very quality IPA that deserves the respect it is getting on Ratebeer.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good IPA. Thanks to Meathook for the trade. Pours a basic amber with a decent head. Better than average icicle-like lacing. Nose is piney with a bit of grapefruit. Hop flavor is the opposite- more citrus than pine. Finishes pretty sweet then long and bitter. IPA done well, for sure!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flavorful, for sure - if unidimensionally earth and pine. Turned under vegetables in wet earth and, oh yeah, pine. Nose is really very piney. Lots of "legs" in the body, alongside the piney sides of the glass. I sense a good bit of pine. IPA lovers who like pine should seek this out.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive, especially considering my disdain for the style- I find myself saying that more and more now. Maybe it’s because brewers are no longer doing the West Coast thing and seeing who can out-hop the other. A pissing contest that I am not interested in. Anyhow, this was balanced nicley, hence the high Overall and Palate score.