bubbleflubber (2114) - 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 (7034) - 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 (1549) - 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.
MattShizzle (577) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This is excellent! Very strong and hoppy. One of the hoppiest beers I ever had.
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 By far one of my favorite IPAís. A bit more raw hop taste to this one than most, which is something that I prefer, but this IPA is so well-rounded. It doesnít have that thickness that some have, & it doesnít have the sweetness, either. Just straight-up, no frills, clean, dry IPA goodness.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange, big off white lasting head. Aromas - pine, oak and some sweetness. Med body lots of bitterness backed by a malty sweet body. Great ipa.