DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
North Wales. Pours deep copper with big hopcit, fruit, and spice aroma. Tastes very hoppy, resiny, with some finishing citrus and fruit. Well balanced with a solid malt presence.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the North Wales Location. Listed as their Holiday Ale. Not sure if this is the same as their board for up-coming beers lists an Imperial IPA (Iíll clarify next time Iím there). Poured a dark copper color with a small tan head. Aromas and tastes of citrus (oranges) and malt. Some caramel and some light spices. Nice malty balance to a light bitter taste. Lots of lacing left on the glass.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Media, PA: Dubbed their holiday brew this IPA had a very hoppy aroma which is decieving. The taste is that of malt through and through out. Ends very nicely with the perfect bitter.
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Newark location. Pours a nice looking ruby amber with little head. Aroma is extremely citrusy and hoppy. Flavor is quite bitter, but balanced by an overwhelming grapefruit character. The finish is dry, sticky, and long lasting, coating every tastebud. Great on its own or as a counterbalance to the chipotle wings.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had @ the Newark DE. pub. Served in a 12 oz. pilsener glass. Waitress said it was 7.5% ABV. Small offwhite head that faded quickly, some thin spotty lacing. Hazy orange/copper color. Yeasty, hoppy nose. Some citrus, piney notes. Med/full body, oily palate. Lotsa hops, grapefruit, with a light malt background. Fairly dominant hop flavors. Finish is medium sweet, slightly fruity, yeasty. Alc. was well covered.
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Also called Holiday Ale at the West Chester location, had absoutely no problem with the beer or the service there, fantastic IPA, dark amber in color, nice fluffy white head that laced around the glass, lots of hoppiness in the body, bitterness all over the place, excellent malt profile to support the body as well, the beer was that hoppy that it felt like the oils from the hops were dripping off my tounge, dry & bitter finish, very excellent IPA
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 Draft Media 04 Perfumey. medicinal aroma. Taste was sweet and fruity, with very low bittering hops. Hops do not have the impact an IIPA should have.
Cask Newark 04 The most flavorful yet, shows some signs of life, but the hops are still way too subdued for an Imperial. Light fruitiness.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on draft @ Media, PA location. Piney aroma and flavor with good malt background. Very tasty with alcohol well hidden. Nice Imperial IPA and would recommend if in the area.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned: Took a while to settle from the hand pump. Poured a cloudy golden color. Thick foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma was of pine and hops, with a dash of fruit and citrus. Hops. Hops. Hops. Piney hops, with a nice dry finish. This was a great beer.