SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Lord Gorlock (DrunkAsASkunk) for this sample!!!
Light amber color with a small head.
Clean aroma dominated by malt and a citrusy hop note. The flavor is well balanced, with a respectably dry finish.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a creamy off-white head. Has a beautiful grapefruit hops aroma. This is a straight injection of hops. If you like hops and just hops this is your brew. I think this could improve with a little aging.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly clouded coppery-amber hue, decent head formation. Doughy yeast/malt aroma, a touch of caramel and pineapple/grapefruit fruitiness. Medium bodied, biscuity (shortbread) malt at first with pineapple fruitiness. Spice and grapefruit towards the end, pretty bitter but balanced by the malt.
Maddog (368) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick creamy head and a lovely malt aroma. Very dry with a huge hop presence. I truly enjoyed this brew. Another great one by Great Divide.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew reminds me of a more orangey Avery IPA. Just as peppery only less dry. Thus the fruitiness rather than the bitteriness of the hops shines. Nose is very dry. Smells like red brick, concrete and dusty hops. Mouthfeel is excellent. Flavors of slightly unripe oranges is dominant. Not all that sweet, excellently bitterand finally dry like bitters.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber with a mid sized whith head. Looks similar to their Maveric IIPA. Floral aromatic and citrus hops, especially grapefruit. The flavor, as expected, is mostly bitter. Citrus at first and then a less strong floral hop is noticable. It is tangy and a bit dry at the finish, with bitter being the dominating factor. Not as good as the Maveric, but nice.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2003 Maverick label) into tulip glass; purchased at Brennanís Country Farm Market (Brookfield, WI). Damn fine IPA that has only been bettered in my experience by double or imperial IPAs. The aroma was that recognizable IPA hops, but it gave me something extra: grapefruit. Loads of it. In both taste and smell, this beer is all about Florida Red. Amber orange and murky in the glass without much fizzy head, the lace creeping up the edge of the glass is almost sparkling, kind of like small beads of mother-of-pearl. Never seen that before. The grapefruit taste is very smooth and slightly sweet and balances well a tangy hops overlay. The long finish is nicely dry and maintains some acidity, but gets a bit metallic (not overly much) at the very end. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Like I said, the only way this gets better is to bump it up to Imperial status; it lacks a bit of complexity that are found in the best of those. Otherwise, a great beer.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Titan IPA pours a copper color with a huge, pillowy, off-white head that had good retention and lacing. A little cloudiness comes out in the second half of the bomber.
Its aroma is strong spicy, piney hops with some citrus notes and caramelly sweetness.
Its flavor is strong, bitter, piney, grassy hops that are offset by citrus. Some sweetness comes out as it warms. The carbonation seems a little harsh on the palate and it was thinner than I expected. It leaves a sticky hop bitterness on the tongue.
Overall, it was pretty similar to the Hercules just a little less so. Itís not as full-bodied or balanced as the Hercules. It would be interesting to do a side by side comparison. This is still a very fine IPA.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lets see, the aroma almost hit me before i opened it. this has a strong, let me emphasize, Strong hop aroma. appearance is a orange with a tint of red. a light head that laces down the body. i enjoyed looking at this in the light. it was pretty. flavor is grapefruit with spice finish leaves me with hop. the finish makes me want another drink, and you discover another flavor, Guava? iím not sure. the aroma scared me, but the flavor calmed me, and carressed me. Is this love?
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 Bottle. Nose is hoppy and piney. Taste is bitter (hoppy) with a little bit of honey. Fisnish is great-smooth but lets you know itís there. This is one helluva an IPA. A great example of the style. I can sum this up in two words: bitter and delicious! A bit overly bitter for a session IPA, but still delicious.