DarkElf (3033) - 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 (5013) - 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 (3386) - 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.
IndianaRed (2313) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a nice deep gold/amber with a large creamy white head and lots of blocky lacing. Aroma is strongly grapefruit pith and other citrus. Lots of hops up front, a bit flowery. Flavors a re a strong hops presence but good malts to balance. Quite rich and heavy, with a very smooth finish. An excelent example of the the style.
Thanks to Buck Dich for sharing.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark gold with a creamy white head and good lacing. Rich complex hop aromas. Bitter and citrus, grapefruit mostly. Amarillo. I love it. Good backing of malts with caramel showing up nicely. Oh, this is good. Flavors bring the hops out nicely. Plentiful citrus and bitterness blend together to give a grapefruit essence. Flowery. Damn this is good. The malts back it up and blend in seemlessly. Finishes bitter and malty with a boquet of hops. Great IPA.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color, clear, creamy sticky head, black widow type cobweb lacing. Nose of tasty rich malts, amarillo, cascade or centenial hops with a sweet floral candy note, only lightly cat-pissy. Taste is very rich & malty with sweetness & balanced bitterness. Well rounded and tasty finish.Thanks TTB!
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - NOV 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh hop nose, hazy orange color, huge sticky head. Soft, creamy grainy malt front with some cookie dough sweetness. Bitting hop end that is rather like chewing on a dandelion. Thinish. Overall a decent IPA true to style, but not outstanding.