SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Fordest! Pours a dark orange/copper color with a good sized foamy beige? head. Head lasts for about a minute then receeds with light lacing. Nose is very thick and malty, good amount of hopps mixed in as well. Taste is a bit thin, very dry. Lots of bitter hopps here, bit of piney presence, but mostly all taste is focused on the bitter, dryness. Finished, well, dry in the mouth with a thin film
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Pours a clear full copper color and is topped by a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma starts out with a raw herbal hop note but then moves to softer, sweeter citrus notes of grapefruity and orange peel. The taste has a slight sweetness up front which carries through towards the finish. The malt sweetness accentuates the grapefruit-like citrus hop notes, but there is also a noticeable raw hop note that is a mix of herbal notes and pine. The beer has a solid bitterness to it that slowly builds towards the long astringent, lingeringly bitter finish. This is a nice example of an IPA, perhaps the body is a bit thicker than usual and at this point I might like it a bit thinner, but come another day the body would probably hit the spot just perfectly. Perhaps the finish is a bit too raw and astringent with the heavy handed hops, but it definitely is an enjoyable hop blast of a beer.
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goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear orange-amber color with a medium off-white head. Hoppy aroma that mixes pine, flowers, and earth. Sweet fruit underneath. Sweet malt with hop flavors mixed in from the start to the finish. Ctirus rind bitterness starts quick and goes through a long finish.
SpringsLicker (2943) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Killer for truckiní this back from California!
Deep gold color with a thick off-white head that was thicker than the top of a meringue pie and lasted long after the beer was drunk from underneath it!
Flowery piny hop aroma with lots of malt coming through too.
The flavor is well balanced, bitter, but again lots of malt backing to balance it all out. Wonderfully long bitter finish. Very good IPA and one Iíll seek out again.
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Tap. Orange hue color with a minimal head. Bold aroma and flavor. Defenite floral aroma. The flavor comes on strong, super hoppy. I would think that this one would definetly make an IPA lover very happy.
Re-rate: 09/04/2010. Amazing how my taste buds have changed so much in the last five years. Where IPAís were once way over the top for me, now they are my favorite, and this one is one of my favorite IPAís.
OldGrowth (2350) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from trade with Odeed. Good nose, Citrus medley, orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Hints of pine. Clean brownish orange color, small, but solid, head that faded to a ring. Bitter sweet flavors, though you have to reach for the sweetness. Big citruy pucker. Picked up some toffee as I rolled it on my tongue. Medium body, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Like the way your tongue feels after you bite on a hop pellet. Very good ipa. Classic west coast. Just what San Diego needed another big IPA.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Deep yellow-gold. Soft texture; mildish carbonation, yet still crisp and refreshing in a curious way. Big flowery aromas. Citrusy-orange bitterness. Slight perfume; just a hint. Somewhat estery here and there, adding complexity. Lovely bits of "green" hops throughout. Healthy bitterness balances things out. Long ago I used to think this was a really good IPA. Now I think it is one of the most drinkable and tasty IPAs on the market. I find myself buying this beer more and more as my "go-to" IPA for everyday drinking. Itís simply delicious. It doesnít completely slap you in the face with hops or alcohol or malts or depth, but it more than does its job as a solid IPA, and itís got hefty alcohol to boot. Iím really impressed, and Iíd say this is one of those severely underrated beers.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bold, very hoppy, and aggressive, this is quite the ipa. pours orange / amber in color with a small frothy head. taste sweet, bitter, grassy, pine, all the good stuff. if ever alesmith and stone were not a reason to want to go to the san diego area, the really small micro brews (like this one) should be good enough. great ipa, one of the best regular ipas ive had.
5000 (5651) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Golden, fairly clear, very light carbonation, huge off-white foamy head, lattice like lacing.   Soft combo of hops and malts, a bit of biscuit, slight tea and/or tobacco.   Flavor seems to be more malt oriented, hops are subtle, finishes with a slight graininess and tea/tobacco leaves.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean finish, lingering leaf flavors.   Would like to see a bit more citrus and hop accents in this one.   Thanks for the freebie Jeff!
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a golden color with a decent head and slightest amount of lacing. Aroma is fairly mild with a floral and hoppy background. The flavor is very similar to the aroma but with more bitterness. Not a bad beer and certainly much better than in years past, but it just doesnít do a whole lot for me and i donít particularly care for the bitterness of it, i like my hops sweet. It lacks any real punch!