DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) This has a nice, sweet orange citrus nose with gentle aromas of pale malts and fresh hops. That sweet orange citrus carries over into the initial flavor, and combines with a very pleasant and fairly sweet maltiness. Gradually, the flavor transforms a bit as a mildly bitter hops kicks in for a wonderfully balanced finish to this mild flavored beer. Itís actually very sweet and way too mild for an IPA, but I really like the quiet transfer from sweet citrus and malt early to mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a fairly soft and pleasing mouthfeel, quite smooth, but partially because of the low hops content. Medium gold color is crystal clear, and the smallish, off-white head diminishes to a halo within a few minutes, but thatís only a minor problem. This beer may be a bit pedestrian, not pushing the envelope in any way, and not really even an IPA, but itís a very drinkable beer, tasty, pleasant and enjoyable.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 22, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Small white head. Aroma is weak, alittle hop to it. Flavor is "mediciney"pine and a little bread thing to it. Not bad.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Springslicker for this one. Pours light golden with a tiny white head. Aroma is earthy hops. Taste is berries? sharp hops. The hops almost burn a little bit. Thin body.
3fourths (8808) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden colored with a small filmy white head. Grainy bread and biscut nose, with an odd resemblence to a Saaz hopped pils. Flavor has a dusty and airy hop and wet grain flavor so prevalent in mediocre IPAs and pale ales: toast and dried grass, I guess it would be best to describe it as. Finished light and clean, but without much flavor other than a ESB-like bite. Certainly not a bad beer, but not close to what I consider a worthy IPA.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strangely pale gold color, very little head. Typical citrusy IPA aroma and hopsy flavor, but much more on the malts side than Iíve come to expect from an IPA. I think I would prefer the Highland Gaelic Ale or Oatmeal Porter above this brew.
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy canary with medium head. Aroma of hopcit, fruit. Tastes hopcity, with a malty, fruity finish. Smooth on the palate. This is the goldest (non copperest) IPA Iíve ever had.
SpringsLicker (3289) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve had this several times on tap, but htis is the first time from a bottle.
Not quite the IPA I remember from the past and I expect more from this brewer.
Huge head over a hazy dark yellow body.
Sweet malt and gentle pine aroma which certainly isnít overdone, but o.k.
Balanced flavor need mor eintensity. This makes a fine APA but falls short of being a top IPA.
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Acquired in trade with goldtwins. Poured a medium, cloudy golden color with a very small white head. Aromas of flowers and very light citrus. Tastes of flowers and light citrus as well. Very lightly bitter with a very light sweetness to it. Weaker version of an IPA.
egajdzis (5699) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured hazy golden color with no head or lacing on the glass. Floral aroma, not hops, but rose petals, light citrus as well. Taste of tangerine, grass, and a very light bitterness. A very different IPA.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours pale yellow, slightly hazy, large frothy white head, spotty lacing, with soft carbonation. † Stale oatmeal aroma, no hop at all. † Very thin pale malt flavor... where are the hops? † Body is medium, mouthfeel is medium, but this beer is boring. † Not bad, just not an IPA by any stretch of the means... nor a Pale Ale. † Aggressive hop character? † Bold beer? † Um... at least it doesnít taste bad... but its no IPA. † It tiz somewhat smooth tho... at least they got that bit of advertising correct.   Thanks goes out to goldtwins for the trade!