leppster8 (2) - Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2005 does not count
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
By far the worst tasting beer I have ever had. I love IPA’s and Double IPA’s but this beer had no resemblance of an IPA. It tasted more like . . . dirt? And had absolutely no hop aroma whatsoever. I had a very difficult time finishing one.
I did not see any brewed date and the apppearance gave no indication that it was contaminated in any way.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with a thin head. Aroma of dry apples. Bitter taste with more fruit tones (apricot?). Dry finish. An interesting IPA that misses the typical hallmarks of the style.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky orange color,large large white fluffy head that faded very slowly.Malty hoppy aroma with plenty of grapefruit coming through as well as maybe a slight sweetness.The flavor is malty upfront then it shifts to a medium bitter grapefruit and hops taste with a nice smooth feel all around.Nice brew,maybe a little weak on the hops but still a decent brew.Well worth trying again.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tap, and poured by the brewer, so I see no reason to second guess this beer’s integrity. Transparent bright orange with a grayish head that looks like the beginning of mold growth inside of a Tupperware container of leftovers in the fridge. Honeyed hops drown out nearly all other characteristics that could creep up in the nose. At best, we can fight through it to faintly discern sweet pine air fresheners, golden sweet corn and mildew on wood chips. Thin body at the onset. If it’s possible for hops to spoil, we have confirmation here. Hops and carbonation seemingly compete for the bragging rights of being named “most offensive,” as well as divert attention away from just how tragic this beer is overall. No malt sweetening and some sort of tainted red pepper flavor in place of where spicy hops could historically reside. Such a slap in the face to the craft beer industry.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 4, 2005
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I’m with the Milkman. This stuff is bad. And even with the low marks it strikes me as overrated. Medium white head quickly dissipates except a ring around the rim of the glass. It has a faint though promising aroma of cascade floral/citrus notes. Looks underwhelming -- a clear, slightly cupric pale orange. Then the fun begins. Off-dry hop bitterness, no citrus flavor, no floral hop flavor, no malt balance or sweetness. Just unpleasant dryness with a tinge of metal. Flavors are clashing and out of balance. I couldn’t finish a bottle.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sometimes you try a beer and think, "boy, this isn’t good". While I’d rate it honestly, it’s kind of nice to know everybody else agrees it sucks as well. Orange. Nose sweet, a bit hoppy, but smells like a bit of industrial cleaner or bug spray was spritzed in it. Hop-wise, it’s apparently attempting in some way to be an English Pale Ale, but there’s an overarching bready sweetness to it.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gusher! When I popped the top off, this one proceeded to erupt on my desk (when will I learn not to open beers up over my desk). Other than pouring all head (off white in color), poured a deeper orange color. Aromas of citrus, a little musty, and a light breadiness. Tastes of bread, citrus, and light caramel. Bready. I really couldn’t detect much of a bitterness to this. I would not have guessed this was an IPA.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
IPAs are fast becoming a runner up to stouts and porters for me. This was a decent one but certainly not exceptional. Cloudy dark amber with a moderate beige head. Citrus hops, nuts, caramel malt, yeast in the nose. Medium bodied with a smooth feel in the mouth. The flavore was torpid IPA. Nice to have in a cooler for these hot days, though.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear deep amber with a thick, frothy cream-colored head. Aroma is dry, sweaty, and musky with a touch of earthy hops. Body almost tastes like there are some additional spices added, like perhaps cinnamon or ginger. It’s either that or some weird type of hop I’m not used to. Tastes more like a winter warmer than an IPA. Has mild, but respectable complexity, but I would like more of a fresh citrusy hop aroma and flavor, than the muddy, holiday-spiced, earthy one this has.
drpimento (2040) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a great creamy long lasting head along with a little lace. Bit of an odd orange tinge to the medium amber filtered color. The nose put me off a bit though - too fruity. Flavor reflected that along with an imbalance of malt to hop. could’ve maybe used a little more crystal malt. Like some of their other beers, like the amber better.