pivo (2540) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fat nose of fresh west coast hops, amber color, tall tan and sticky head. Light malt body gets quickyl overpowered by a high resolution, bright hop bitterness that stays around forever. The bitterness actually seems to INCREASE after the swallow. Great effect. Smooth, crisp, excellent IPA.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice balance of caramel sweetness and citrusy hops, tinted with innocuous mango fruitiness…Once dropped in, the yeast impinges on the spicy oranges and a lasting, astringent bitterness prevails…A very good hop rush for hopheads, while being a bit lackluster...
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice rocky head, light tan. strong hoppy notes with light citrus fruit. good golden/amber color. mild carbonation, strong hop start and finish. can also taste the pine others are talking about.
Rastacouere (6044) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle-conditioned, Clear deep golden hue with a sticky white head. Aroma is rather mild and could use more intensity. A solid malt base shows in the form of honey, caramel, butter. Hop profile is shy, citrusy, grassy and piney. Taste is more honey melted with pine. It's very bitter finally with resiny grapefruit aftertaste. Creamy medium body. When pouring the yeast depot, there's more orange character and it's far drier. Thanks Rodolito!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big hop bite up front with a smooth, fruity finish. Went down smooth, a very refreshing brew.
Indra (2476) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant but subdued hoppy aroma, resinous and earthy, with tinges of cedar, pine, herbs, citrus fruit and a small amount of faintly grainy, sweet maltiness. Light-medium copper color, tiny suspended particles throughout, with a finely beaded head. Flavor profile is composed almost entirely of hops. Flowery, citric and piney, the hoppiness is accented lightly with touches of malt sweetness in the middle while finishing bitter and dry. Palate is fittingly mellow, effervescent, smooth and mouth-watering, medium body. Exceedingly drinkable and tasty, if a tad unbalanced.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh yes - what a nice one. Light red-pink colored brew like a Rhabarber-Schorle. Little layer of a head, leaving laces on the glass. Soft carbonation. Hoppy and alos fruity nose. Intense hoppy kick first, nice long lasting aftertaste. Scratches on the roof of the mouth.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a really nice bitter bite to it, and a nice about of hops. Citrus aroma. Overall pretty nice.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange color, dissipating white head. Has a citrus hop kick right where the throat starts at the back of the mouth. Full and creamy mouthfeel, bitter, but not crazy bitter. fly rocks!
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 I *really* like Lagunitas, but not this one. And I’m a hop-head.
Pours a beautiful amber with a very nice white head that left some great lacing. Classic appearance.
Smells *really* hoppy like an IPA should.
Tastes, well, Cascade grapefruit. Aaaaand, that’s it. Nothing to balance it at all. As much as I like hops, if you’re going to hop it this much, please add some malt as well. This is way too unbalanced for my tastes.
Mouthfeel is average and drinkability suffers from the lack of balance.
If you like the hops, the whole hops, and nothing but the hops, this beer is for you. While I thought I was in that catagory, I realize that a good IPA needs more than that.