Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, Cherbourg, Massachusetts. Golden amber with a large, white, bold, fluffy head. Fruity and hoppy aroma, maximum strength. Floral and fruity. Good bitter, long aftertaste. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Got this one from JZ at the 2003 Beer exchange. I love IPA's and this is not a great one by any means. Poured a small 1/4" head which immediately abandoned me. Not much aroma (strike 1) and a very light copper color. Not much sweetness or citrus in the first taste but it was quite bitter. Not a lot of body and it was without the wonderful changes in bitterness and sweetness that good IPA's have (strike 2). Lacing was not striking and as the beer warmed it remained unremarkable (strike 3). Not terrible, but not a top shelf India Pale Ale.
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
IMO, this beer stradles the line between a pale ale and an IPA. A large open head quickly forms on this oh-so-slightly hazy golden beer. The aroma, while citrusy, is a bit tame for an IPA. Smooth, slightly bitter flavor just needs a little more body to carry it. Not a bad beer, but a real hop-head IPA lover might want to try something else.
egajdzis (5653) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a golden color with a rocky white head. Citrus hop aroma, I liked it! Rather weak mouthfeel, but the hops and malt were balanced pretty nicely. This was also very refreshing, and i'd like to retry during the summer, it was a nice break from all the big beers i've had lately.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quarter-inch white head. Light copper. Aromas of citrus and floral blend. Very well hopped, classic IPA taste. Grapefuite/ citrus bite. Enjoyable.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Packaged on 11/25/2003) This is what I remember the very first few IPAs tasting like when I first tried the style. The beer has a fresh hoppy nose that seems to be a good balance of US and UK hops. The color of the beer is a very light copper or a very deep gold. The palate is medium in body with a touch of fruitiness surrounded by malt and hops. The finish is dry and bitter. I find this to be fairly good example of a traditional IPA.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 I used to think this was the desert island IPA. With an incredible balance of all attributes. However, I think it has lost some of its luster. It is just a lot blander than I remember...
sethatuml (38) - USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice clean, biting IPA. Such a great amount of bitter with a clean finish. Can't get enough of this stuff.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How I love the hops. The nose of this could use a little booster shot, cuz it could be a little stronger, but maybe its just my sniffer. Either way, it does have the standard cirtus, floral smell to it. COlor is a nice pale golden with a thin white head. Flavor hits it home tho. It is smooth and tender until the hops catch up with you and steal your wallet in the back of some alley, figuratively speaking. It itsnt overwhelmingly hoppy, but it does sneak up on you, and leaves a nice feeling in your mouth afterwards.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Decent golden color, not too impressive an aroma. A bit of hop, but not nearly enough. Way too bland to be a decent IPA.