walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light straw/gold color, very light for style, with puffy white head. Very nice flowery and citrusy hop aroma, more sweet than bitter. Light body, especially for the style. Flavors are mostly hop oriented-- orange and lemon citrus, a little vegetablelike as it warms. The slightest of malt sweetness in a very thin body, which is honestly ok because of the outstanding character of the hops. Somewhat of a tangy aftertaste, probably the hops acid, but not very bitter. Wouldnít necessarily think of this as an IPA, but a grand celebration of the hop. Very refreshing.
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 (8980) - 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 (9348) - 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 (3380) - 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 (10910) - 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 (5893) - 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.