jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange amber color out of the bottle with a small, off white head. Very hoppy nose with lots of resin, sharp pine and something green and leafy. Lots of pine hop in the flavor with something vaguely metallic. Pleasant grapefruit rind flavors on the exhale with a long bitter citrus finish. Rounds out as it warms.
FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2005
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly hazy orange amber, thin film of white head. Some floral hop notes and a big diacetyl butteriness in the aroma. Muted resinous pine and citron flavors overpowered by a butteriness which is especially evident in the finish, where it is accompanied by muted resin character. Mouthfeel is medium light.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Light caramel, dirty, small frothy white head, fairly nice lacing. Fresh hop nose, somewhat earthy. Assertive hop start, very earthy in the soil sense, lots of grapefruit rind, but it all melds together fairly well. Smooths out towards the finish, leaving more of a traditional hop bite on the back of the throat. Fairly well balanced malt backbone. The Bottleworks version I think yields more of a hoppy aroma and flavor, masking the earthy aspect. Body and mouthfeel seem fairly average, mediocre. Hop bite and earth linger well beyond the finish. Not as clean or crisp as I would have liked, but well balanced me thinks.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed amber appearance. Strong piney hops in the aroma, sour fruitiness, mildly creamy. Sweet and sour tropical fruit intro followed by a fairly intense grapefruit finish, there’s also a lingering light hazelnuttiness. Interesting IPA.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. A most beautiful beer. A deep, murky, pale straw/ light copper pour. Thick creamy head. Smells of hops, hops, and more hops. Taste upfront of hops, then settles into a smooth malty back mouth feel. A very pleasant beer, in fact probably my favorite IPA. I just could not get over the fact of how well made this beer is.
OldMrCrow (1621) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 From the bottle. 7/8/05 and 4/9/06.
Poured a warm hazy amber with an ample off-white head. Nose is also somewhat shallow, hops and hints of fruit.
Flavor is fine. An assertive but not overpowering bite from the hops - unfortunately with a bit of metallic taste - is quickly mellowed by the spice-and-carmel sweetness of the brew, fading into a long dry finished of juniper, grapefruit, and wood.
While I enjoy the first few sips of this beer and then lose enthusiasm as I progress.
Tap at the brewery 11/29/13. Leafy, medicinal hops, bone dry, mouth for hours is as if I’ve chewed on hop pellets. Aggressive oils instead of aromatics.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received from LP, thanks!
Poured a orangy amber hue with a fading frothy head and good lacing. The aroma has a upfront piney hopleaf nature, grapefruit, white pepper, bready and toasty malt, and some earthy esters as well. The taste starts with a sharp bitter bite balanced mostly by sweetbread malt and a twang of citrus. I get a nice bolt of pepper and woody notes on the lingering bitter finish. The feel is sharp and astrengent, you know this is an IPA for sure. I like this brew and found it much better than the overrated over-the-top dry-hopped sibling. Enjoyable.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazzy orange-copper color with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet and sugary. Caramel, alcohol, and citrus and earthy hop. Malty start quickly moves to a hop bitterness and a semi-dry long lasting finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep hazy amber, creamy khaki colored head with perfect lacing. A burst of candied grapefruit, cookie, and sweet buttery caramel leapt straight out of the pint glass. I can only imagine how good the bottleworks version nose would be. Flavor is all about the PNW hop bitterness up front, with a lighter dose of sweetened toffee malt bringing up the rear. Not well balanced, but apparently they’re not trying either. A hopheads delight for sure. Medium bodied, pillow soft carbonation, bittersweet, drying finish. A very nice IPA that I wish I had more of. 1 bottle was not enough...
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, at the brewpub
Golden-amber colour. Grapefruity aroma with notes of caramel and wood. Low carbonation is a bit strange, but it adds to the resiny quality of the hops. Sweet malts walking somewhere in between fresh bread and caramel balance things off. Dry, citric and a bit piney in the finish, with a syrupy sweetness. The carbonation buggers up the mouthfeel though.