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
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2004 Salida, CO Beer Fest-tap-This was a very interesting experience. The people at Il Vicino had this really cool device at the Salida, CO beerfest. The beer was pushed through a silver tube full of Centennial hop cones. It gave the beer a very tea-green flavor. It was very cool and i had never had anything like that before. Definate props to those guys for coming up with cool ideas for their beers.
Tap-Albuquerque, NM-pours a hazy dark orange hue. some lacing when it was cold. Nice flowery citrus aroma. full body palate-chewey. some malt backbone that was more apparent as it warmed. Definately a very solid IPA
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy amber brew with a small and rapidly diminishing white head. Hop heavy aroma, citrus, pine and spice with carmel malts also on the nose. Sweet flavor for just a moment before the plentiful hops kick in - tart and puckering with a lingering grapefruit peel finish. Nice medium body and slightly foamy carbonation. A good IPA, though not quite as balanced as I'd like. I'd love to taste the draft version made by Il Vincino, rather than contract brewed by Bristol.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I have no idea whatsoever hwo this made it into my fridge. Did Andrew196 leave it there? Was it Fly's friend Doug? Did I pick it up while travelling? Uhh. Amber, slightly hazy. Dewey-sweet flavor and taste that compliments the extreme hoppiness quite well. Nicely balanced, good stuff!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
golden orange in color-yellow edges. Thin whispy head. Citrus, hops, ginger root in the aroma. Lots of hops in the taste with some alcohol as well, lingering aftertaste on the tongue and in the nose.
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled with Bristol bottlecap. Amber colour with a very thin (1 centimetre) tan head which dissipates quickly. Very thick bodied in the pour...appears to be a very nice beer. Very strong, grassy, floral hops are very pleasant and DEFINATELY mouth watering. Medium-bodied; Grassy taste with a perfect balance between the malt and hops, but the hops come out and play very nicely. Strong floral presence, a bit piney and definately citrusy. I'm really glad I picked up this beer when I was out in Colorado, this is one of the best IPAs i've had recently! The aftertaste is pretty bittering, but in a good sense. Definately try this if you can find it! I wish I could have another bottle or two, but since I got it on a trip, i'm lucky to have one! Overall, this is better than the average IPA, especially from the east coast. I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder, Colorado...but carted it back out to Washington, and it still tastes great!!!
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, with Bristol bottlecap. Rather intense grassy hop aroma. Deep pellety hop flavor, with decent malt character. Strong harsh bitterness stays prominent throughout. High proportion of bittering hops.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If I understood correctly my friend that brought this to me had it bottled from cask. Whether or not, I found it an excellent IPA. Not overboard on the hops, but certainly on target for style and with a solid enough malt backing to compliment it. I would absolutely drink this often if available. Thanks Doug.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Brewed locally, this beer is always fresh and hoppy on draught, unlike the bottled version contract brewed by Bristol in Colorado, which is essentially a completely different beer. Excellent malty backbone followed by a nice hop kick. Like "huffing hops" my friend says. I’ve consumed this beer in various incarnations including regular draft, MELVINized (read: RANDALLized), on cask, MELVINized from a cask (the basis for my ratings scores), bottled (by Bristol) and with different hop profiles. Consistently good regardless and always provides a fresh, well-balanced hop fix with a little something underneath to make it more than just a hop ride. Remarkably drinkable and great with food. A local favorite and New Mexico’s flagship beer.