Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a lasting creamy off-white head. Aroma is of a spice that I cannot name, and perhaps some cedar. The bitterness of the fruity hops (which dominate most of the flavor) do not grate on the palate. And there is definitely a lot of yeast in the flavor. This is a unique IPA. But perhaps the most exciting thing about this beer (and this brewery) is that theyíre not just cranking out effing pale lagers for export! This is a distinctive brew from east Asia! Itís expensive as hell ($4-5), but itís really good! There is hope!
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not your daddyís IPA. Pours a rather attractive cloudy orange with a thin yet lasting white head. Flavor had me worried that something was wrong. I was expecting some citrusy or perhaps piney hops but what I got was an odd slightly fruity smell with hints of allspice. Flavor is bitter and hoppy with cedar absolutely dominating everything. The cedar imparts some spiciness to the beer unlike any I have ever come across. Alcohol present in the finish.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a orange glass with a frothy white head...lotsa lacework. Aroma is spruce and citrus. A bit sour in a cidery way, sharp on the tongue but lingers long with bitter hops. Canít tell if this one was a bit old or if it is sour by design. Iíd say not, but an interesting beer.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, what a strange beer. Pours a cloudy orangey amber with a thin white cap head. Aroma is instant cedar with subtle malty notes no real hop aroma. The flavor is something else, itís at first a little spicey on acount of the cedar. Yet underneath is a mellow english style ipa. If you havenít tried this beer, you should.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oh my god, these guys just keep doing weird things! At the base its a nice IPA, plenty of hops, a smooth malt body, nice natural carbonation - very cloudy amber. But man, the cedar character is very strong, and cedar is not exactly a wood I associate with consumption, more like an effective way to protect your sweaters from moths. The cedar character is almost solventy, especially in the aftertaste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cloudy amber color with a tall beige rocky head. Small isle of lace. Grapefruit served on a cedar plank aroma. Hints of toast and malt in the background. Funky alluring aroma. Mild pepper, grapefruit and goldenrod flavors cover a mild pale malt flavor. Mild cedar soaks through in the finish. Mild bitters and caramel. Two nearly authentic IPAs in a weekend. I am blessed and spoiled. If I were more an IPA fan I likely would have passed out in glee (verses my normal pass out). Sometime getting back to the basics is a good thing.
natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a nice dark amber, close to maple-syrup colour. Excellent head that lasted quite a long time. Aroma was yummy and peppery. Cedar smell was very present, but manifested as spicy more than cedary. Tasted much as it smelled, spicy with low hops aroma. Hop bitterness was very present, and the cedar taste stood in place of finish hops. Reminiscent of a Labrador Spruce beer I tried once. Nice malty sweetness acts as a great base for the high flavours, with a hint of that rummy alcohol taste. A very complex brew for a real beer afficionado. Recommended!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber pour with floaties and a thick white head. Seductive aroma of green hops and cedar. Amazing flavor of green hops with cedar. The body has a medium to full thickness with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Excellent, arigato.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy honey orange with bubbly white head. The aroma is cedar, yeast, and spicy hops. The flavor is cedar, general hops, some yeast, raw grain, and a tannic bitterness throughout that reminds me vaguely of buckwheat. Not really my thing, but interesting.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber pour with big foamy white head. Aroma of traditional IPA, with an odd addition of that cedar which it layed on. Flavor is piney, woodey, bitter, very sweet. Interesting brew, glad to try.