skoisirius (1440) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bottle of this got popped around the shop sometime in 2006 or 2007. For the most part even over the beer itself I remember how excited I was to even be able to taste this beverage, which had been long gone from the shelves to the public for years. Being an IPA it had lost a bit of it’s up-front-ness, but it was still big and grapefruity, with lots of doughy malt to back it up. Citrusy goodness all the way through past the finish. I can only imagine it fresh being as close to a 5 as you can get!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
INDIA PALE ALE--12 OZ. BOTTLE. 1997--6.00%ABV. (2.5 / 5.0) Sampled 1/10/1998. 1998--6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear pale golden color. Nice floral hop front. Lightly carbonated body is slightly sweet and on the thin side. Hop bitterness is strong in a very dry finish. Good use of hops, but could be bigger. Sampled 2/14/1999. 1999--6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear light amber color assumes orange juice appearance with pellicle. Big floral hop front leads to creamy rich sweet crystal malt body. Spicy earthy end almost balanced by sweet body and pellicle. Sampled 8/8/1999. 2000--7.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Rich smoky floral earthy hop front. Slightly hazy rich golden color. Rich sweet caramel malt body continues earthy floral flavor. Big hops. Floral takes over at finish. A wow hop brew. Sampled 5/31/2000. 2002--6.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Rate Beer Club Selection. Tight sediment. Hazy rich amber color. Light head. Medium lace. Rich earthy floral hop front. Balanced crisp malty sweet creamy yeasty caramel fruit body. Clean mild earthy citrus hop spice bitter end. Sampled 10/9/2002. 2003--7.00% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Light sediment. Lightly hazed rich thick golden color. Rich floral earthy big malty hop front. Rich creamy hot sweet caramel body. Thick texture. Mellow yeast sediment. Earthy rich hop end. Lacy light head. Sampled 2/27/2003.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle; thanks BillKismet for breaking this out; the legendary hop cone…haha; decanted and poured slowly revealing a muddy dark orange with no head; musky, moldy, citrus hop aromas that are surprisingly floral and pleasant; smells much better than it tastes at this point with some ethanol and stale malt; still remains quite bitter and dry; while kind of a novelty to drink this IPA at this age; the nose was quite nice after all this time
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Name: India Pale Ale (Bottleworks)
Date: July 06, 2005
Appearance: opaque orange, big off white head, chunks of whole hops floating on top
Aroma: fresh hop aroma with a touch of sweetness
Flavor: big bitter hop flavor, picks up some sweetness in and a malt backbone after the hops are strained out, bitter finish lasts forever
Overall: too much gimmic, the extra long dry hopping makes it too bitter
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 2/10; Overall: 5/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
bitbucket (2154) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz. Thanks BillKismet! I had given up on the idea of ever rating one of these. Pours cloudy golden-amber with a white ring of foam. Earth, flowers and pine aroma. Medium body, nearly still. Taste of mango, caramel and earth. Amazing for it’s age - I’m spotting it a couple of points on overall impression just for being an IPA senior citizen. This had to be awesome when it was even remotely fresh.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seriously BillKismet, thanks dude, what a treat. No. Way. Jasmine and herbal nose, gusher, lots of head. Very chewy, you can taste the hop pellets, though the bitterness has fallen off to the floral foundation. Never thought I’d be able to have one of these.
homebrewcolin (9) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you so much BliiKismet, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going o get to try this one,definitely a pleasant surprise. Matt knew what this one was going to do, we had a strainer ready and waited for the gush, I thought for sure there would be oxidation and loss of some of the hop aroma, but the kitchen was instantly filled with an awesome citrus fruit aroma. Great hop bitterness and hop flavor backed up by a nice sweet maltiness. The transistion from initial hop bitterness to flavor was near spot on. Awesome!
after4ever (5854) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Wow, wow, wow, thanks BillKismet! Can’t hardly believe I get to try this. Murky dark orangeish amber. Towering gushy head. Huge herbal, slightly buttery/spicy nose. Creamy medium body. Beautiful floral fruity hop with doughy malt on the mid-palate. Awesome, awesome beer, magnified all the further by thinking we’d never get our hands on any.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 - This is absolutely one of the most fantastic things I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The hops are way intense, way more than anything else I had experience at the time, with an herbal stinging bitterness almost making my tongue and lips nimb, definitely tingly. The malt backbone does a great job of stnading up to this onslaught but it really gets overpowered, but you still get a lot of chewy caramel maltiness flooded with citrusy hop goodness.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle has " DH " hand written on the green cap. Amber colored with a huge head that took several minutes to settle. Massive smell of grapefruit and pine tree resins. Has a malt sweetness which mingles nicely with the huge hop flavor. Chewing on the hops will kill your taste buds. My guess is cellaring this beer for twenty years won’t diminish the hop flavor. Sept 4/2004