beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 vintage. Orange gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney and citrusy. A medium bodied, fairly bitter, IPA. Malts are bready and nutty and not very sweet. Hops are grapefruity and very juicy. Well balanced. A nice IPA, it’s not in the same league with Stone, Three Floyds or AleSmith, but its very close. Smooth taste for all that bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber, extremely full creamy/doughy aroma, assertive hoppy bite, a bit of raw pumpkin-like acidity.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2005 2003: Filtered faded mango. Pasty coating of dusty-white froth. Big Northwest hop aroma charged with hop oils, citrus, rose petals, and pine. Fervently spicy. Beautiful sweet buttery malt wafts, with subtler dabs of mint, cracker, and lemon zest. Soft, velvety mouthfeel. Less fluffy than airy. Fanciful juicy interplay of citrus and conifer, with a touch of caramel malt and tingly acidity. Bright, fresh-hop bitterness, slightly coppery and flowery finish, along with a note of tea leaf, white grape, glazed malt, and wet bread. Lasting bitterness outshines the sugary malts. Certainly less predictable than I expected, minus the acidity, as it showcases some beautiful soft, resinous hops and well-executed malts, without showing any phenols.
jgb9348 (4434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2004 2004 Series v2.0
Hazy amber coloured body with orange highlights and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of pure grapefruit and piney hops, some fruity sweetness and some slight nuttiness. Medium to Full-bodied; Spicey hop flavour up front with some sugars and a nice malt backbone. Piney & hop aftertaste with a long, drawn out bitterness that shows orange sweetness at the very end. Overall, a well crafted beer that deserves a lot of respect! Great to try & nice to have here as my first beer out on the shore this weekend. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 08-October-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with my good friend Jon[R888710]. Rating for this sample: 8,3,8,4,16
2003 Series v1.0
Orange/golden colour with a nice dense slightly yellow-white head. Piney hops in the aroma with a slight citrus twang, but still very nice! The taste is medium-bodied, full of hops, and present of citrus, such as grapefruit and lemon. The palate is filled with hop-bitterness and that’s about it! Overall a better than average IPA that should be tried if available! Evidently this is a limited run beer, so i’m glad I was out here and was available to try it! I bought this 22 ounce bottle from Total Beverage in Thornton (Denver), Colorado. Rating for this sample: 9,4,8,4,16
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber. Medium sized-milky,head lasts. Big,piney,oarnge rind, aroma.It takes some breathing for malt to show it's aroma. Well carbonated,medium body,and the mouthfeel is spritzy,and smooth. Bready/toasted malts in the flavor show more in the finish than up front.Finish is piney as hell,with plentiful malt. I love the hops and malts in this beer,they just aren't put together properly(like I know). Little work(malt)and this would be a classic for me. I would surely,purchase this again.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: This pours a clear copper color with a long lasting tan head. The head is tightly bubbled
Aroma: The nose is full of pine and citrus
Flavor: This brew isn't quite an over-the-top West coast IPA, but it does have a lot of hops up front & finishes nicely. It's very enjoyable. I agree w/ hopsrus that this isn't in the top class of IPA's w/ say Stone's, but it certainly is close behind. It's a definite must for an IPA fan.
3fourths (7763) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Copper orange appearance with a light tan head. Peach and mandarin orange nose. Extremely sweet, cloying... Thick, syrupy, like juice concentrate. Flavors of apples, pears, pine. Good bitter profile in the finish, but killed by the sickly sweet flavor.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mildly hazed amber liquid with a creamy looking head. Aroma of an evergeen grapefruit patch - somewhat like a citrus spice bread. Initial thin feel that yields flavors of pine pitch and light toasted bread. IMO just seem to be lacking, for lack of a better term "thickness". Need a bit more malt to compete with the big boys in the style.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2003 One of the better IPA's I've had in a while, but certain not the best. Appearance is everything that an IPA sould be, orange to yellow color and a medium head. Piney and citrus aroma. My favorite IPA's are Two Hearted(very interesting hop flavors and Dreadnaught great citrus flavor and malt sweetness), Yulesmith and Hopdevil this is in a class with the next tier, 60 minutes, 90 minutes. Dry finish, very respectable IPA.
Aubrey (3410) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Big, rocky and frothy head (nice and thick lace, too); amber-gold hue. Enticing nose. After the first few sips, the hops actually made me sneeze, which is a damn good sign. Mouthfeel was lightish, but creamy and definitely noticeable. Malts were doughy (some yeast notes intermingled), cookie-like (slightly sweet) and wholesome (earthy). Hops were piney, flowery, citric (grapefruit and orange, with a hint of lemon) and somewhat bitter, but not too much. Tart and sour notes, too. Heavy hops seem to dry out the finish and add an "electric" element of acidity. Many lingering flavors -- mostly hops. Overall, not completely over the top on the hops -- and a little under-malted (to be critical), but I really liked it and I’d buy it again, for sure.