jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good IPA. Thanks to Meathook for the trade. Pours a basic amber with a decent head. Better than average icicle-like lacing. Nose is piney with a bit of grapefruit. Hop flavor is the opposite- more citrus than pine. Finishes pretty sweet then long and bitter. IPA done well, for sure!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flavorful, for sure - if unidimensionally earth and pine. Turned under vegetables in wet earth and, oh yeah, pine. Nose is really very piney. Lots of "legs" in the body, alongside the piney sides of the glass. I sense a good bit of pine. IPA lovers who like pine should seek this out.
legion242 (2169) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive, especially considering my disdain for the style- I find myself saying that more and more now. Maybe itís because brewers are no longer doing the West Coast thing and seeing who can out-hop the other. A pissing contest that I am not interested in. Anyhow, this was balanced nicley, hence the high Overall and Palate score.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Faintly hazy, sparkling golden with a bubbly, thick, offwhite lasting head. Masterful aroma of orange, pine, and caramel-vanilla-spices. On the tongue, big hops alternating with orange cream, light caramel-butterscotch, and hints of thyme. Medium-to-full body, lasting bitter finish with a creamy malt subtext, makes this a top-flight IPA; I like this more than Hercules, actually, more balance and flavor but still enough hop attack.
hotstuff (4066) - Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium sized off-white head that was creamy and smooth with fine-large sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. Fast rising carbonation, transparent and a gold orange hue. Aroma was sweet, piney and very hoppy. The flavor was sweet, lightly acidic, malty and hoppy from start to finish. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium bodied beer with good lacing.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy large sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a great lacing. The body was carbonated transparent and copper brown in color. It had a hoppy caramel malt IPA aroma and a smooth initially tingly mouth feel with a mild hop IPA finish. The flavor contained notes of medium strength hops and mild caramel.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark orange, respectable head. Very clean, hoppy, crisp smelling. Nicely bitter, and the aroma made my chick Tina wrinkle her face very badly. Itís basically an abundantly hopped IPA with a little bit of sweetness and some nice malts thrown in - decently balanced in the finish and good.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Once again, a special thanks goes out to whoever gave me this beer...because personally i can hardly remember... TannerTavernboys and TAR i think....! This beer pours a fairly clear lightly carbonated ambery yellow color with a soapy white head which dissipates quickly. The aroma was fairly standard hops and pineyness with a hint of citrus. The taste is very full and sticky with with hints of caramel. The finish is very acetic and dry with sweet caramel and citrus. Not bad at all.
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Clear amber hue with small fizzy head but very good lace. The aroma has notes of a hop field: piney, grassy, floral, and aromatic. Additionally the nose detects bittersweet malts, dusty and earthy yeast esters, and a pineapple undertone. The taste starts with a good dose of bitters with a fine background of sweet malts and a honey like character. The citrus is noticeable throughout and leads to a smooth bitter finish. The feel is softer than expected, reserved yet not boring. A solid and tasty IPA, worth a try. I liked this just as much as the Hercules IIPA.
Frank (2814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to say, I really enjoy these big IPAís especially when theyíre as well done as this one. It pours a dark golden with an off white but only about an eighth of an inch thick head. But--get this--it stays an eighth inch throughout so really I think thatís just fine. The nose is nice and reserved for the style with fruit and honey making a strong showing--gotta love those Amarillo hops. Good, thick mouthfeel but somewhat lacking in carbonation which is always a major downer in my book. As I drink more I notice floral notes along with some caramel to help balance things out. The finish is much more bitter than I expected from the aroma and itís that special, wonderful kind of bitterness thatís mild at first but grows and fills your mouth after the beer is swallowed. Thereís also a sweet, sugary hint on the tip of the tongue at the beginning of each sip. Nice! This is one that really improves as it warms. So be sellfish. Drink the whole bomber and do it slowly.