DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005
Golden coloured and extremely hoppy. Fruity aroma. Slightly spicy flavoured bitter finish.
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, Kona Brewpub, HI.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, apricot), with notes of peach, tangerine, and soap.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Distinct soapy smell came on as this one warmed and slowly made it quite off-putting (original aroma score was a 7). None of the other beers in our sampler had this problem, so Iím not convinced itís as simple as a poorly rinsed glass.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on-tap at the brewery. The beer was a light, hazy amber color with a small, creamy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The flavor was initially lightly sweet and heavily bitter with a super-long, shiveringly bitter finish that was full of floral retronasal notes that made it worth enduring through it. The body was light-to-medium with a watery texture and fizzy carbonation. I donít usually enjoy super bitter IPAs, but this one had a lot of interesting qualities that left me looking for more.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Faling Rock poured a clear copper with a small amber head. Aromas of citrus and pine. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of carmel and grapefruit rind with a dry bitter finish.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Kona Brewery Brewpub in Kona. Probably the only IPA on the island, this one is worthy of the visit to the brewery (the food is excellent too!). Very deep orange color, possessing a teriffic hoppy nose, I was in IPA heaven. They really should bottle this one too.
Ungstrup (27689) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[At GABF 2004] A hazy orange beer with a small disappearing white head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy, but with some alcohol making it self present. The flavor is a lovely hoppy and grassy one, though with hints of alcohol.
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy aroma with light citrus notes and some sweetness. Murky, orange, with off-white head. Excellent lace. Head is a little diminishing. Very nice flavor. They need to bottle this. Creamy. Not fabulous and a little unbalanced toward the hops, but good. Iíd drink this all the time if I lived on the Islands near one of the Kona brewpubs. Very good overall.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery-- This one rates way up there on my scale. This brew has everything I want in a beer--superb balance of flavors, hearty hop aroma and taste, nice pallate & appearance--very close to the perfect brew. Wish the brewery wasn't thousands of miles away...
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(24Mar2003--draft at brewery)
A real IPA. Excellent effort, though again, excellent execution without going very far outside the box.
6.8% ABV, 45 IBU.
Sweet aroma, kool-aid (not bad).
Very malty flavor, perfect bitterness. Nice notes of
Cascades hops in flavor and nose.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap GABF í02: Light orange color, light grapefruit aroma, oily texture. Starts off with just a bit bitterness that ends up much bigger. Had a slight sweetness to it.