warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium hop aroma but also had an off aroma that didn't belong there. Poured with a huge head that lasted for some time. This beer had lots of floaters. This was an old oxidized beer, the hop flavors were stale I'll need to try this fresh and rate it again.
JorisPPattyn (7877) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick bottom layer gives "interesting" haze in orange-amber ale; miscellaneous yellow-amber head. Hop flowers, opened hopbail nose, flowery - nearly perfumey. Very bitter indeed, hop-oil like, near bile taste. There's (coloured) malt underneath, but it's gotten completely overwhelmed by this bitter onslaught. Medium-bodied only. Oily mouthfeel, probably due to the hop(...). Yeast deposit gives more creamy feeling. Hopbitterness, indeed, but this one is totally without any subtelty. Nice nose, but the total unbalance ruins it.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Petty solid IPA, more toward an English IPA, but that is what I expect from the East Coast. Bronze colored, small head. Very balanced. Moderate amount of hops, probably a crystal malt, not over the top on either. Very good beer, Thanks Oldgrowth
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Ok nose,floral & flowery. Brownish orange color. Tad hazy. Decent head. Bitter sweet hops, grapefruit, buttery. Bitter, medium bodied. Leaves nice bitter dryish finish. I like it alot, though this is another of those beers that use to seem big but now seems regular. Glad it's back in Ipswich again.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber in color with a small white head.Floral hops with a slight citrus dominate the aroma.Bitter and hoppy,slightly off blanced but a good IPA none the less.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
<b.12oz Bottle, no freshness date This is an ale that nearly 13 or more years ago was a regular of mine. One could almost always find a couple of growlers in my fridge back then.A dark golden honey color that is slightly chill hazed with a small but tight dense head. Aroma is grassy and floral. Aroma reminding me of Heavy Handed IPA. Body is medium and smooth. Flavor is not how I remember this one but it has been a long time since I've had it and things at this brewery have changed a few times since then. Grassy hop flavor that is slightly sweet backed up by a decent grainy malt flavor. Finishes slightly bitter. Again, not what it used to be but not too bad anyway.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hoppy, more west coast citrus aroma. Has a bit more body than other american IPA's, smooth and drinkable.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super nice deep golden bronzed color, clouded with a suspended jelloy haze, finger high head of thick and fluffy yellowish creamyness, fades to a skim always present and lace in stringy broken sheets. Aroma is freshly hopped with some nice citrusy strong pine, highly floral and sweet with a toasty malt backing. Taste is quite nice of floral, cirtusy strong hoppyness, highly crisp and grapefruit peel bitterness, super toasty malt backing with a slight burntness adding to the hop edge which really pokes the palate and lasts throughout a substantially long finish of crispy floral dry bitterness. Yum! Feel is pretty darn full from start to finish and has a whopper of a lingering finish. This IPA is super tasty and has a great floral hop ride, the fullness is a little much and makes for a bit of an overwhelming drinkability, could be smoother in that realm, but otherwise one hell of an IPA by Mercury.
desurfer (1212) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of a growler. Cloudy orange body, no head. Aroma hoppy and piney without being overwhelming. Nice hoppy bite in the flavor, perfectly balanced with malty goodness. Finish is distinctly dry and bitter. Sticky mouthfeel. Outstanding IPA! I'll be buying more of this.
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy amber pour, with a nice lace. Heavy pine and citrus smell. I had this in the Admiral's Club in Boston waiting for a plane back to Raleigh, and am looking for an excuse to go back. A almost cider like taste, with a sweet bitterness. A great IPA, with a smooth finish that makes you want more.