jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Briliant plae amber with a fizzy white head that tries mightly to cling to the glass but just does not quite make it. I know you will be shicked, but it smells like hops, grapefruit, flowers, etc... Flavor is a bit of a letdown, the malt plays a bigger role then in other IPAs, the hops are still there but just not in the proportions that my palate is used to. Bitterress lingers but is not to powerful. Body is medium. Decent but forgettable. There are just too many IPAs out there that end up tasting just like this.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice sweet grass hop aroma. It looks really light in the glass - I'd like it more if it appeared a bit darker. Nice and dry, with some lemon and grapefruit. It could use a bit more malt.
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 (3442) - 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 (6071) - 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.