frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown color with a dense white head. Very unique aroma: herbs, perfume, cedar and hops. Lightly sweet citrus followed by some floral and earth notes. A slight dry woodiness, oak/cedar with a moderate bitterness and a lemony hop finish. Very interesting take on the style.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 This may be the best-smelling IPA ever! Beer pours a clear, medium amber with a huge, beige, frothy mostly lasting head. The aroma is complex and unusual: Malty with light notes of sweet toasted cookie and caramel; Hoppy with light notes of resin/pine, moderate notes of bright lemon; Yeasty with trace notes of dough and basement; moderate-to-heavy notes of cedar, sake and roses. Ah! So beautiful! The flavor is moderatley sweet and moderately-to-heavily bitter with a short, lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish with neat green apple and cedar retronasal aromas. Light astringency on the gums in the finish. The palate is light-to-medium with a watery texture, lively carbonation. A pretty, delicate beer with a strong personality.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lots of head. Hazy, almond cream color. I can sense the cedar here--like the cedar closet my family had when I was growing up, only no mothballs. A sharp hop edge comes across as it tamed down into a standard IPA, but it still had an odd edge, something like a Screwdriver, or maybe canteloupe? Not the best impression from this one.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright orange with considerable yeast haze. and huge piles of foamy head. Aroma is strongly of cedar with some notes of leather and resin. Flavor is sharply sweet, seasoned by more cedar influence. Has a dryish/spicy influence and is a little bit soapy at the conclusion. The alcohol comes through a fair amount.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cedar nose (very woody). Apricot colored body with a heavy head. Flavor is overpoweringly cedar. Other notes of pepper and some hops. Possibly a great beer if you are a woodchuck, beaver or a termite.
1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle while at the Map Room. The beer pours to a hazy brassy colored body with a creamy thin white head. The aroma is like a malty cedar blanket chest. Smooth cedary malt and light hops. Very unique flavor. The palate has a dry feel with a huge thick creamyness. Very good. Mellow hops. I like the cedar. Not necessarily the best IPA, but it gets bonus points for the cedar casking.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
decent, IPA-like ale, veryy hoppy with hints of vanilla and orange that blooms in the finish. I would try it again!
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If this is an IPA, it’s not like any I’ve had. It’s cloudy, and smells nutty-woodsy. Not much head. Taste is not overwhelmingly bitter, but pleasant. Sweet, smoky, fruity. Thicker, too. Altogether, it’s extremely good.
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 they’re not just cranking out effing pale lagers for export! This is a distinctive brew from east Asia! It’s expensive as hell ($4-5), but it’s 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 daddy’s 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.