HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev, blankboyís bottle. Hazy darkish amber with a large fluffy tan head, artistic lacing left behind. Sweet and juicy malt/hop balance - in the end mostly hops (citrus/resin/evergreen, slightly sour) - very appealing. Taste has better balance, malt takes a backseat, the hops are prominent with long lemon zest/pith finish. Decent body, extremely astringent, creamy and moderately alcoholic mouthfeel, lovely long linger - simple, pretty much all about the hops, but very nice.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very full flavored beer. It has a very strong hoppy taste. With a little hint of pine at the end. I really enjoy this beer. It tastes like a whole meal.
guzzler67 (1639) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy, rich amber appearance with a generous, fine bubbled head that left rings of good lacing. Big time piney, resinous hop aroma, some citrus, with an initial hit of sweetness that fades after a few moments. Medium bodied with exactly the right amount of carbonation. The profuse amount of hops engage the palate from the start well into the lingering, long lasting finish. This was a real treat.
bubbleflubber (2131) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very expressive multi-hop contingency here, and a darn good beer to boot! The pour is copper with a decent creamy head and nice lacing. Aromas abound with grapefruit, pine and citrus hops. The flavor is a well-balanced offering of grapefruit, pine (as the beer opens) caramel and multiple, multiple hop contingencies. It leaves a wonderful medium embodiment in the finish, and satiates the palate in a crisp way. Very full and complex, this beer satisfies nicely, as the alcohol can be noted but well-integrated. This brew lingers around for a while, in that "ever so nice" way.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
While Iím not a raving Hop Head, I like the broad portfolio of hop aromas presented in this beer, and appreciate the success the brewer has had in balancing out what could be an off-putting amount of hop-generated bitterness with pretty malts. Bottled. Beer pours a clear, medium, light brown with an average-to-large sized, frothy/creamy, white, mostly lasting head. Ink blot test-like head formations clinging to snifter. The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, sweet light notes of cookie and caramel; Hoppy with moderate-to-heavy notes resin/pine, moderate notes of chewy dried apricot, and grapefruit, light notes of cedar, lemon zest, trace of white pepper; Yeasty with a trace note of basement. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily bitter with plenty of hop grip, balanced nicely with moderate sweetness. Some astringency on the gums. The finish is long, bitterness builds to heavy, lightly sweet with a slight warm feeling. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (7120) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Bottle (purple label).
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of metal.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent.
Very simple/typical IPA aroma tainted a bit by metal (oddly I donít really get that aspect in the mouth). Good flavor balance that isnít abrasive or overly bitter. Never been much of a fan of this.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Such a great beer! Smells like a herb garden with a cotton candy machine running in the background. Doesnít look so great - semi filtered, so-so head and darkish amber, but it tastes TREMENDOUS! Like biting into a freshly picked hop bud and chasing it with a shot of cream soda...plus the aftertaste jumps off the palate pretty quickly. A beer for the history books!
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 On tap at Baja Bean, Staunton, Virginia. A top notch US IPA in a distinctly West Coast style. Very full spicy, piney aroma. Loads of hoppy bite on the palate. Flowery, but avoids being too perfumed.
Beaver (1589) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with lots of miniscule floaties. The head is huge and rocky off white and retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is a huge piney fruity hop blast, yum!
The flavor is sweet malts and melon initially, that are quickly followed by a big hop bitterness that lingers through into a sharp bitter ashy aftertaste. It is medium bodied.
Overall, an excellent IPA! This is right up there with Titan and Stone for me. It a bit unbalanced to the hops (especially in the aftertaste) which keeps it from being top notch (Two-Hearted). Iíll definitely be getting this again.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-hued copper color with a red-hued, white head. Big American hop nose that is sweet, fruity, and grassy from the Simcoes. Could be more complex. Flavor has a bright acidity that is perfect for style; malt is solid, not overdone, not too complex but very complementary; and the malt-hop interaction is incredibly nice, masculine, and the finish is intensely long. The only problem with this beer is that as it warms, the alcohol over expressses itself and creates a warming effect that is not appropriate for style.