goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet fruity malt aroma of peach and apricot. Earthy and floral hops are underneath. Flavor has a fair amount of hop running through the malt. Moderate bitterness on the finish.
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft from the Il Vicino Wood Fired Pizza joint on Montgomery in ABQ, NM. Reddish Amber body with a smallish head. Honestly not that much aroma.. could be all the smells of pizza and such in the air! Flavor - I agree with the citrus flavors and with the pine resin to a point... Definately dry and bitter on the finish. I found the middle notes quite pleasant.
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled version from Bristol:
Powerful wood resin dryness soars over an earthy and piney perfume. Oranges attempt to lighten the severity of the presentation.
Oranges and caramel end up in shy bitterness. Definitely not as hoppy and bitter as was announced. Low carbonation brings to light the tired mouthfeel. Flavors are balanced and possibly pleasant, but won’t satisfy those looking for potent hoppiness. Maybe the contract-brewed version doesn’t do justice to the original?
Waking up to a soaked tent.
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear orange. Irregular off-white topping. Not the most aromatic hops in there. Greenish woodstick flavours, somewhat sweaty and earthy. In mouth, it comes out dry and tannic, certainly earthy, apricot like and above all, reminding me of an old pocket of herbal tea, dull and astringent. Light bodied, fair carbonation. A pretty disappointing example of weak character for its reputation.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Beautiful cloudy beer that goes down easy. I think it has a smoother feel and taste than most IPAs I’ve had.
jigglyjock (163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 I love the apperance of this beer. I love the deep orange, rusty body and creamy orange tinged head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, rich malt. The taste characteristics are what good IPA’s strive for. A strong grapefruit citrus front accompanied by heavy malts. And with a backbone of dried aprocots. The body of this IPA is wonderfully thick, letting all the flavors fully come out.
Kinz (3375) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Secret Santa Crosling! Medium orange amber, slight head. Faintly biscuit and undefined hop aroma. Definitely malty, lots of biscuit and caramel. Bit of veggie in the hops, but finishes earthy. Not bad, balanced.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a growler, courtesy of Dan who recently returned from NM. This was a tasty IPA with some blue spruce and quite a bit of surprising fresh basil notes, which caught me utterly off-guard. Some butterscotch and wheat mix with the citrus and pine on the palate. The texture was a bit thin, and this would greatly improve with a better mouthfeel. Paired next to Dogish 90, Dreadnaught, Great Divide Hercules, it was good, but didn’t hold its own (although granted this is not a IIPA).
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a growler. Cloudy amber beneath a frothy white head. Aroma was citrus/hops, malt/dough, flowery. Medium body with a slightly watery texture. The flavor was a refreshing citrus/hops bite softened by some sweet malt notes. Quite good.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Basic caramel-sweet nose with a green pepper / pine hop zest. Nicely blended and balanced combination of woody green pepper and orangey hops with a doughy caramel malt base. Somewhat thin mouthfeel but it fits the strenth of the beer. A nice IPA.