DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Piney, hemp-like cascade hopped aroma with a mild peat-like sweetness. Nice transparent amber/copper color with a disappointing fizzy, quickly dissipating off-white head. Hoppy pineiness to start with mild bittering in the middle. Nice roasted malts present to balance the hoppiness. A bit dry to finish. Mild bitterness to finish. I think this is very well done. Wish the head was nicer, though.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Buffalo Brewpub with goldenspunky: Somewhat clear deep amber body with a small eggshell head. The aroma is fresh pine/citrus/leafy hops that are as fresh as any good IPA out there. Taste is pine/citrus/grassy hops without being sticky or resiny, sweet caramel/toffee malt that hides in the background, then the bitter pine hops come through again in the finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Solid, very hoppy, IPA.
jb (2508) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange-brown color with a tan head with beautiful lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus and hops. Palate is liquidy - has plenty of malt, then slowly comes the cascade hops. Not too many hops, great great beer. Slips between categories.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured clear refractive amber with a smallish white head. Aroma is wonderful - lush fresh evergreen and citrus hops, fruity and floral, some mild malt too - smells like a balsam Christmas tree. Taste is even more piney - very sharp resiny hops, a hint of sweetish roast malt, finishes sharply bitter, almost like pine needles. Mouthfeel very astringent, light body - very nice, hops are sharper and less balanced than the west coast type, but perfect seasonal IPA for me.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts off with an apple pine scent. The beer has a dark body for an IPA. Pine comes through very strongly initially in taste which ends with aprocot. A nice and enjoyable IPA that’s very non-offensive.
Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tasty little beer. i like the color combined with the aroma - i brewed a better beer with santiam hops. this is well done though. i imagine they hurried this beer along. some microbreweries just love pumping out beer. ie custom brewcrafters. does not taste like 6.5% which is nice. sneeks up on you.
i’m ranting bye
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color with a quickly diminishing white head. Aroma is of thick heavy hops, but not quite as resiny as I would expect. There is a sweet malt backbone hiding in there. Pretty nice flavor and palate.
pmarren144 (36) - Auburn, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured dark red, has a light brown head, that dissappeared pretty fast. Aroma is hops. Taste is pretty hoppy & floral, as advertised. Finishes a little on the dry side, too. I enjoyed it!!
aussie12 (14) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nothing like what I expected. I was thinking Stones ruination or at the very least, Hopzilla. In the end I got an American Amber with no malt and lots of grapefruit. Don’t get me wrong, I love hops as much as the next guy, but they have to be balanced with a strong malt backbone.
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY, this is a strong smelling and tasting beer. If you’ve ever smelled hop pellets, that’s what this beer smelled like. Very strong aroma. Almost like you had a bag of hop pellets (probably Cascade hops, if the name means anything) and poured water into it, then drank it. If you like your beer hopped up, this is a great one.