weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears a golden amber with lively streams of carbonation quickly coming up to the top. A fluffy 2 finger ivory head slowly fades into a mild cap and hearty collar. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hearty pine and citrusy hops with a plum, vanilla cream, and biscuit aroma resonating. Smells like I’ve got my face over the hop boil.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice hoppy, yet balanced flavor that is in no doubt a double IPA. This could pass for a DIPA from the West Coast. Sweet up front with a tender citrus hop kick that compliments the mild caramel and biscuit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some lively carbonation pockets. A nice balance of super hops and crisp malt. A nice brew. I wish I could brew one like this.
This is in the winner’s column. I’d recommend this fine bottle from our friends in Baltimore anytime.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice aroma very fresh floral and sweet. as a i do sail the seas this is the ipa for me. very fine tuned very full ipa, with a nice hop bitterness yet sweet taste and appreciate the alcohol content very good
lethe (177) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good-sized foam on top of a dark orange offers a nose of pine-needle and sand hops. Palate is medium-heavy with light carbonation. Flavor starts with the bitter hops characterstics as expected, but turns surprisingly caramel sweet with the malt backbone. Enjoyable interplay to this remarkably fresh, rich brew. Very solid.
HighGateGuy95 (13) - Keene, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Aroma is a sweet/hoppy with hints of Berries. clear, light body almost a caramel color. Clean and Crisp when Fresh, clean health head, Flower hoppy taste is very nice. It’s actually concidered a Hop 3 Ale. Will make any Hop-Head VERY happy.
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours golden amber with minimal head. smells literally like a bag of pot. flavor is hoppy, with hints of citrus. flavor lingers for quite a while with hops.
RealAle (12) - USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The IPA had a full hoppy aroma upon opening with a desirable deep golden appearance. Flavor was favorable with intense and lasting floral and citrus tones. Carbonation was on the high side, but mellowed nicely as the pint finished. Overall it was an above average very good IPA.
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber pour with a fair cream colored head and plenty of bubbles rising. Smells of pineapple with juniper berry and little touch of candy cane. Great flavor with a solid malt base balancing a well applied hop accent. Citrus, pineapple, toasty biscuit, piney tones and a nice dry finish. Excellent mouthfeel with a medium body. A refreshing and very well crafted IPA.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the VBF. Pours amber with a fluffy off-white head. Sour hoppy nose with some vanilla. Hoppy vanilla flavor.
kumite56 (472) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice malt backbone with lots of citrus hops. A good beer. Not washed out and well balanced.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a nice color, somewhat small head. Very nice flavor.....hoppy, yet somewhat sweet. Good Stuff. Reminds me of Ballast Point Big Eye. I could drink this all day.