vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper / bronze with a light caramel colored head. Nice hop blast aroma with pine, grapefruit, light woodiness and floral traits. The hops are assertive and pleasant, but there is a good amount of toasted malt backing it up for balance. The taste starts with toasted malt with some smooth caramel traits and some graininess and spicy hops. The finish has grapefruit hop taste with some floral traits - there is still quite a bit of malt present. A solid well-balanced IPA that straddles between having West Coast and British traits. Thumbs up
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with some hop particles floating throughout. Aroma is strong fruit (peach and passionfruit). Taste is much the same with more grapefruit coming through. Finish is somewhat bitter and a bit soapy. Decent stuff and not your typical ipa.
garmonbozia (420) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sprinkle. Nice hoppy aroma with a beautiful amber color. Taste was a bit different. I taste hops malt and seemes like cooper aftertaste. Full mouth feel witch I liked alot. NIce lacing also. I really enjoyed this beer.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled on 2/21/07: Pours a clear bright copper with a wispy off-white ring of head. Aroma of fresh, green, citrusy hops with a touch of sweet, biscuity caramel malt. Body starts fairly full and sweet with a nice, fresh grapefruity citrusy flavor hoppy balance and toasty caramel maltiness. A nice IPA.
holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber thanks to drewbeerme for sharing this. Pours a clear amber with a beige head. Nose is brown sugar, yeast, cookie and lemon citrus. There is a lot of cookie in this for the style and something smells a little off too. Lemon grapefruit, cookie and cardboard flavors. Strange must have fallen long past its date or something.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
bomber. thanks to bigern for trading this. pours clear amber with big white head. nose of fruity hops, red apples, citrus hops, and something off. flavor is sorta bitter, but faint hop flavor, mild caramel. something off in the flavor. perhaps this is an old bottle and seemed slightly infected but this isn’t good. i’ll have to re-rate.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Mostly clear, dark amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Caramel and light chocolate notes in the aroma. Also, loads of earthy, citrusy hops... grapefruit and pine. The flavor is hearty caramel malt escortd by bitter evergreen and grapefruit. Full-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, dry finish. Cheers to shigadeyo for shipping the bottle to Florida!
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sliffy. Amber body with medium sized off-white head. The aroma is citrus and caramel, some bread. The flavor is heavy in crystal malt, lots of tea, some caramel, fairly sweet, grapefruit hops, slightly bitter. Medium body is soft, but a bit thin.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appealing appearance, a nice bright red color with a large protein head, faded kinda quickly but stopped with a small ring and heavy lacing. Big hoppy nose, grapefruit, sweat, tangerine, pine. Flavor is more balanced, with a bready sweet almost fruity (persimmon) malt, with a mild tingle of citric and floral (rose, lavender?) hops. Finish has a clean bitterness that lingers nicely and seems to touch everything. Palate just a touch on the light side.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via an outrageously generous Puddintane. Pours a deep copper/almost garnet color with a frothy ivory head. Very floral aroma; smells like lilacs, honey and oranges. Thin malty flavor with a bitterness to balance it but nothing more; no hop aroma or really even enough bitterness. More like an amped up Pale Ale. Honey aftertaste.