legion242 (2163) - 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 (4058) - 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 (4928) - 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 (5969) - 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 (2787) - 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.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 This IPA featured a very strong presence of grapefruit in both its aroma and flavor. While I generally like an IPA with a citrus note, I thought it a bit overbearing in this one. Probably because I donít like grapefruit too much to begin with...
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 Rerate June 2005
This beer is slightly hazy and shows a mix between copper, ruby and orange colors when held up to the light. It at first generates a three finger thick head when I pour it, it settles down to a frothy tan colored head that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is at first quite fruity with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. There are some aromatic notes of pine as well.
The taste is lightly sweet up front and this interacts with some of the hoppy notes to create a citrus character reminiscent of tangerines and oranges. The hops begin to grab a hold, and the beer has a really sharp bitter bite to it, which gives way to a lingering chalky astringent hoppiness. This is certainly a well hopped beer, it has a hint of maltiness to it, but just enough to be barely perceptible. It really is not enough to even tame the hops one bit. Because of the massive hop character this beer is almost dry on the palate. This is certainly and over the top hopped IPA, almost too much even for me and I like hops. At times I can see this really appealing to me. Overall score doesnít change individuals of 7/4/6/4/13
Rated August 2004
Pungeant aromas of pine sap, orange, and tangerine waft from my glass, as I sniff deeper the pine-tar aromas start to dominate. This beer pours with a thick, rocky tan head that sits on top of a lightly hazy copper-amber colored beer. The taste is lightly sweet up front. The malty sweetness continues from start to finish of this beer. The finish is bitter with a slight hop derived astringency. A solid level of malt is here as well with notes of toasted biscuits, and caramel malt. The beer is suprisingly light on the palate and goes down quite smoothly. The hop flavor is definitely here as well, though it is in no way totally over the top. I get notes of pine sap, citrus fruits, and a grassy herbal character all mixed together. The more I drink this the more malty it gets as well. This was certainly brewed with lots of crystal malts to compete with the hop character, so much so that I think that it might detract a bit from this beer.