tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours orange gold with one finger white head. subtle aroma - piney hops. taste is a nice solid bitter hop over malt. some floral elements but this one is mostly bitter. refreshing, clean finish. nothing too unique but definitely solid.
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a rusty copper with off white thick head. The aroma is hoppy with yeast. The taste was full of malts and a hoppy gritty finish.
LiquidLotus (12) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Copper in color, thin head that laces slightly. Great balanced nose, lots of hop but the malt is there. Flavor follows accordingly. Quality IPA.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 12oz bottle. Orange-copper with a sticky orange head. Citrusy and resiny aroma. Quite sweet and malty with a nice balance of grapefruit leaning hops that have a little pine too. Ends bitter and refreshing. Medium body with small bubbles. Very balanced and tasty IPA, just how I like it. (3.7) Rerate: Draught at 99 Bottles. third time that I*ve had this on tap since my initial rating, and every time has been underwhelming. To thin, and the hips just feel a bit castrated. Still not one that I would turn down, but a bit below par for a Norcal IPA.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured copper with a small fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. There wasn’t as much hop character as in the aroma. Wasn’t bad. Good balance of hops and malt. Some citrus hints.
frankenkitty (1972) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a honey-golden/amber, moderately effervescent, under a thick, off-white head which holds long and spackle my glass with lace. Floral, piney hops coat the nose along with a suggestion of lemongrass above just a hint of dishwater. A bit bland and mineralish at first, but hops crawl out as it warms (not to the point where I can distinguish one from another of the "43 different" mentioned above, but overall piney, grapefruity and grassy with a touch of pepper to linger.) Not overdone and fairly sessionable. And I am not one to session IPAs.
BTW, glancing 5 ratings below... any low ratings for any beer can be understood by simply reading the ratings!
<font size=-4>Received as a Christmas gift, December, 2007.</font>
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but not great. I’d say it is average. Slight spiciness over a floral taste. Medium head with an amber color
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz from Argonaut in Denver. Pour is a golden - ruby with an off white head. Quite a bit of soft carbonation. Aroma of some pine and resin hops. Taste is nice, good bitterness throughout, and a distinctive citrus sour thing going on in the finish. Nice IPA.
pepsican (1496) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy gold with little head. malts and oak dominate the nose. Taste is similar with a bit of flowery hops. A bit too sweet. Finishes a bit syrupy. This bottle is obviously over the hill for the hops to stand out.
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep gold color, small barely off white head dissolves quickly. Smells like crystal malts, some stone fruit, slightly sweet, fruity, hop bitterness is somewhat sharp and lasts for a moment after swallowing. A liitle citrus pith on the finish.