Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apricot coloured, filmy yet lacing white head. Lots of floaties give it an appealing cloudiness. Yeasty aroma is gently mellowed despite the massive hoppiness. A good dose of caramel malt plays the lever here and blends along to bring out a subdued fruitiness and earthiness. Quite resinous hops profile, very herbal and sappy, potent if a bit astringent in their high level of dryness. Growing bitterness with every sip, mouth coating. Comfortable texture, medium body, apparently gently carbonated though it bites if you keep it too long. Fairly typical, but still good above average stuff.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too shabby, but it’s one of those "been here, done that" beers, even if you never had it before. It just doesn’t do anything to really stand out amongst the ever-so-huge array of available IPAs (it does seem to have a slightly bigger hop bite though, which is good). This is one of the better IPAs that you can readily pick up in a six-pack though, which is also a plus.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear orange color, small white head with lots of lacing around the glass. Aroma of grass hops, and sweet malt. Flavor is nicely balanced, slightly sweet.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 0z bottle. Orange in color with a light tan head. Thick. Hoppy aroma. Citrus hops. Flavor is very hoppy. Nice hoppy aroma. Clean tasting. Nice malt backbone. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Orange, light tan head, and thick. Citrussy hop aroma, and big. Massive hops in the flavor, both bitterness and aroma, with some malt sweetness to back it up. Nothing new, but tasty.
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2006 I was dissapointed by the DPA, but am a disciple for the Titan IPA, Hibernaiton Ale and St. Bridgid Porter from GDBC. . . I digress, I was not let down following my first sampling of Titan, despite the scenario of myself buying the six-pack of the shelf and drinking it slightly above room temperature. It held up well when I compare it to my favorite IPA’s (Stone, SN Celebration, and Avery).
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma surprisingly weak for an IPA, which caused me to be a bit shocked at the sharp bitterness of the brew. Very piney, but as the brew warms, a mellow malty sweetness, and some citrus fruitiness show through. A bit of grass flavor in the crisp finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a creamy beige head. Aroma of green hops, nicely balanced by some underlying caramel. Fairly malty flavor followed by some strong bitterness, the hops tended to lend more bitterness than actual hop flavor. Medium body works well with this beer. Very nice.
Tejas (874) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of citrusy / flowery aroma. Begins with hop flavor then finishes with a surprisingly malty flavor. I didn’t expect the malt flavor. Reminds me of an overly hopped amber ale. I like this.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Bottle. Pours murky medium copper with a nice rocky head and lacing. Nice citrus, floral, and pine in the nose and flavor with a good malt background making it pretty balanced for an IPA. But that lingering bitterness tells me that it is an IPA and makes me want more.