Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy, barleywine-esqe aroma, quite nice. Good color and head. Medium bodied. Very hoppy taste, yet balanced with the malt flavors. Bitterness lingers for quite awhile. Well rounded, fine beer.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
when i recently moved to rural central colorado-- an area known more for big maurading bears than "big" micro brews-- i was dismayed by the selection in my local beer store -- the shelves were vacuous with the weenie variations on amber ales, fruity wheats and non-discript browns and pales. my god, i thought, my kingdom for an oberon, a fin du monde, or a golden monkey! like a glutton in a wax fruit store, i was ravenous for something of substance. i had to find a go-to beer. i took it to the lord in prayer, and zeus be praised, here it is: il vicino. an IPA as rich as a mini-arrogant bastard, with gooey-kraft caramels balancing those piney hops-- hops with a bite as serious as a pissed off mongoose. in a glass, it’s as radiantly copper as a giraffe run through the hot-wax car wash, the head is like piles of foam core, with more lace than a prostitute’s boudoir. the aroma has burnt orange rind, caramel and old furniture. it has a gently carbonated milky feel, with it’s pregnant hops tasting sappy and ripe-- an oaky dryness moderating the delicious honey and toffee flan malts. a bitterness of citrus and forest products lingers, reminding you that the ’wet mountain’ is close at hand--the price is right-- and that krishna will provide.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Deep red with a solid head and bountiful hop aroma. Awesomely balanced creamy hoppiness. The perfect blend of grain flavors and hops. I love Il Vicino beers, two of which are the only ones I’ve rated as 5’s.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey was the StudlyAss rater that sent me this brew… Gotta love the inaccessible IPA’s!
Pours with a deep copper body and a small and quickly dissipating head… but ends up as a fuzzy ring around the perimeter of my Hapkin snifter. The aroma and flavor bring me some simple notes of hand chopped pine logs, some musty suggestions of grapefruit, tasty notes of caramel and a nippley-nip of guava. The finish is dry with a crisp hoppy bite….. SMACK BITCH….. I’m the Hop Monster!
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive orange color with a nicely retained egg white head. Aroma is very nicely hoppy being mainly the aroma of grapefruit with very light pine. Delightfully hoppy. This is one that taste like concetrated orange juice with a shot of grapefruit. Quite good.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish orange with a medium off white head. Nice hop aroma and the flavor is all hops. Slightly sticky with some citrus and a bitter finish. Nice.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful glowing bronze orange color. decent average head, resinous hop aroma. soft, fluffy malt. flowery hop aroma becoming more bitter and spicey as the beer progresses.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled - This is a pretty good IPA from what is shaping up to be a good Colorado brewery, although it is contracted to Bristol which is a decent brewery as well.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
'03 GABF. Nice American IPA with all of the goodness I like in an IPA. Hoppy, dry, flowery, delicious. A good one.
tomhughes (3) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 5, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap - Albuquerque, NM at the tap room. Great full bodied IPA with plenty of hop taste and aroma. Definately my favorite IPA in Albuquerque