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 (1200) - 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 (2025) - 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.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild hop aroma. Color is a nice amber. Taste is quite bitter, spicy and slightly sour hopping. Finish is good, gives some hop burps. A fun IPA.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice burnt orange color with a big, retained rocky off white colored head. Aroma is hoppy grapefruit juice smell. This one smells exactly like a just sliced grapefruit, very fresh. Flavor is heavy citric grapefruit, maybe a tinge of malt in the finish, but not much. This is pretty much a straight hop juice drink, however, that doesnít bother me too much.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Re-rate: very excellent IPA, copper in color, nice off-white head, great retention, nice lacing around the glass, huge hoppy nose with a good amount of sweetness to balance it out, excellent hop character in the flavors, huge notes of pine with slight flavors of grapefruit & orange peel, more malt character in the body to balance out the beer, very well balanced, dry & spicy finish with more bitterness, very enjoyable IPA
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 duvel tulip glass: this IPA would most likely have been rated just a little higher if it was my first. itís a just a typical great IPA. the commercial description says it all... but of course, i think it needs more because although i really do have a small amount of experience with IPAs, there is nothing too different about this IPA when compared to other IPAs. when i drink this, i am like, "wow! an IPA!" UPDATE 4/25/05: picked up a sixer at Famous Liquor in Decatur, IL (way go to Rob! keep bringing in the good brews!) / this is a great IPA... so slightly cheesy aroma, so slightly doughy flavor. generally speaking: quite malty, actually, but a good amount of piney hops suffice the difference. crisp, quenching, and delicious. you can really taste the "greenness"
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright and clear, dimly orange golden color, solid cap of frothy white foam sits well, resides slowly down to a thin skim and bubbles with immensely sticking sheets of lacing. Resinous hop nose of highly sweet citrus and pine needles. Solid IPA nose. Wouldnít mind a bit of a toasty malt backing though. Once it warms up thereís a bit of caramel malt coming through. Taste has nice meld of malty fruityness and slight citric twinges in the front. Middle is subdued in a calmness of caramel but building a base of pine and bitterness to come. Oh...and it turns into a pine needle forest in the finish with lots of pulpy thick, leafy hop bitterness while maintaining a favorable smoothness. Many notes lingering of orange and grapefruit peels mixing with the pine. Nice hoppy IPA taste. Feel is about medium, quite smooth the whole way down until that finish kicks in. Which in fact mellows out and the bitterness falls a bit short, but is still nice at that point with a nice fluffy give. A nice IPA.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an orange amber color with a medium sized off white head and nice lacing. Flowery, light citrus hop, and some sweet malt in the aroma. Citrus hop bitterness up front, then coated by nice malt sweetness all the way around. A very fulfilling IPA.