StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent copper in color with a short, bubbly head that transforms to appear like thin ice sheets. Aroma is sweet floral hops, honey, caramel and brown sugar. Now this is an IPA - bitter hops brigade up front thatís quickly balanced by sweet nectar and caramel. Pine and roses add an extra dimension to this straight forward interpretation. Sweet, crisp and puckering on the palate. Balance is achieved to-a-tee. Finishes like lemon grass. Welcome to the Great Divideís IPA clinic.
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 Pretty average IPA. Kinda watery and light bodied for such a powerful IPA. Tastey, nonetheless. Citrusy hops and everything. Hardly any malt presence.....Finally a rerate of this beer. Aroma is more flowery hops and maltiness than citrus. flavor packs some bitterness and some citrus hops. i get a lot of biscuit maltiness. if you read my initial rating this is the opposite of what i originally thought. itís still a great IPA but iím not sure it is worthy of its surprisingly high rating. I think Goose Island IPA is a good amount better than this. P.S. this beer has wayyyy too much yeast in the bottle.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now here is a great west coast style IPA! Slightly hazy light amber/orange with a killer head- very fluffy, lasts a long time, and leaves great lacing. Aroma is similar to stone IPA- very citrusy with lots of pine with a decent malt backbone. Flavor is piney with a bit of mint and some orange/citrus notes. SOme malt in the background for a bit of balance, but this is definately skewed towards PNW hops. Aftertaste is moderate to high dry bitterness in the back of the throat. Better than expected.
ClarkVV (4646) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 2005 bottle from Julios, consumed 6/16/2005. Gold-amber with soft copper/gold-leaf tones. Transluscent. Cream colored head and tons of it with awesome amounts of lacing. Well-retained head. Hops are quite bitter, and this is drier on the end than Stone or DFH. Bit of water to make it drinkable, and quite crisp overall. No graininess from the malt, which is pale and not hugely assertive. Hops linger on end and are quite sticky. Scratch that, make it VERY sticky, the more I drink. Very flavorful, interesting and sessionable. I like how this has some unique character and isnt just another cookie-cutter ipa. Moderate carbonation, and a medium body, not as much sweetness as I would expect, but itís not thin or unbalanced. 7/5/7/4/16
Draught pint at Redbones on 1/7/07
Not quite the beer I had in bottles. This was a fresh keg too. The main problem was a strong sourish flavor on the finish, either b-vitamin-like and/or dirty yeastiness (doubtful) but more likely an aspirin-like character from the hops. Whatever it was, it ruins the light, crisp nature of the beer and dulls the hop brightness. Will try again, of course, but lowering my score a few points. Didnt find the unique hop flavors/aromatics that I did in the bottle I had. Seemed like much more of a cookie-cutter IPA.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice IPA. Orange appearance. Medium sized head. Citrus aroma. BItter finish. A really nice IPA. Well-balanced.
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangey-amber colour. The orangey, piney aroma is very fresh. Fairly bitter body, but with substantial malt base - tastes like some light crystal and maybe Vienna. The sweetness gets a little caramelly towards the finish, but thatís when I want the beer to start drying out.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been looking forward to trying this beer. So far, Great Divide has produced some very fine brews. Titan is next. Very good bitter/hoppy flavor. Tea undertone. Salty, very nice beer. 22oz bomber Iím very pleased with. Great beer!!!
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark Amber colour with a small off-white head. Fruity hoppy aroma and a dry hoppy bitter light sweet taste. Medium body and a dry finish.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled with a new label so obviously fresh. Pours an epitomical copper with orange hues and a bit of haze. Not much head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is of floral hops and tropical fruit (peach, mango, papaya) with a bit of buscuity sweetness coming through. Flavor is equally tropical ans citrussy in the hop department with adaquate crystal malt sweetness to complement and yet finishs dry. However, more bitterness is a must to complement the fruity hops and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is mediumishly full and a bit overcarbonated for my preference. Very interesting and delicious IPA.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this was a pleasant surprise. This IPA was a far cry from any others Iíve had. Looked normal when it poured -- amber/orange under a white head. Very very tropical hop aroma. Flavors of peach, citrussy hops, sweet malt. I wish I could have drank this on a beach in the Caribbean, but in my apartment with the AC not working is close enough. Well done, Great Divide.