chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper color with a light head. Bit fizzy on the mouth. Nose has some prunes and lots and lots of hops. Mouth also very hoppy, bit bitter. Not very balanced, but as I’m a hop head, still quite good.
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I do like this beer. I cannot say what makes it more appealing the more i drink it. Maybe they’re getting better all the time. Nice Hops... maybe just the right amount on some days. Wouldn’t do on a heavy flow day though. Viva le hop!
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely balanced but surprisingly small for a Lagunitas and surprisingly small for a west coast IPA. The right flavors are all there, but it lacks the intense bitterness, intense citrus, intense pine I expected ... but it looks great, with a wonderful creamy mouth. Enjoyable.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty orange with a nice head. Interesting flavors ranging form carmel to fruit. Has a great hoppy finish.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear salmon tinted orange with a beautiful, full head of creamy foam. Butter and caramel, with loads of hop resin in the aroma, spruce and medicine jar. Malt is very lush and bold, creamy and full with a rich caramel, toffee and fruit flavor and I believe there may be some diecetyl, but in a desireable way. The hops are spicy and piney and could stand to be kicked up a notch or two, to be honest. I find it quite nice.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle at the Huber Haus IPA tasting. Orange with an off-white good sized head. Sweet malty aroma with bread-like undertones. Low carbonation. Decent lacing. Solid malty palate. Seems like a much higher IBU content than 46. Strong hoppy finish on the tongue. Good gypsum flavoring. Rich sweetness.
jefcon (1380) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is hazy, ethereal orange, with a 3/4 inch diminishing off-white head, small bead and some lacing. Aromas are orange citrus, white bread, and a walnut/almond nuttiness. Upon tasting, a floral hop quality, sourdough, and some soapy alcohol notes make up the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat creamy, with a strong hop bite and a fading, effervescent hop/malt finish. Overall, a decent, complex IPA. Maybe not as assertive and hop-dense as the big boys, but a must-have on any comprehensive tasting to show off flavor and palate.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden amber with a large head and lots of lacing. heavy fruit flavors and aromas through-out with a special kick of hoppiness at the end of the beer. Great for an IPA
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful hazy and deep copper color with a creamy, sudsy and graying head. Big fresh hops jump out of the glass accompanied later by grass, papaya and grapefruit. A very inundating hops accentuated aroma. Flavor proceeds as lighter than expected. Caramel, nectarines, honey and sugar basking grapefruit. A little thin on the palate. Reserved but balanced. Finishes like honey soaked diluted hops.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a big but short lived head. Light yellow with a slight haze. Sweet aroma, fresh hops of a NW variety. Refined candied malt flavor, balanced with big floral, estery hops. Finish is drying, crisp. Round earthiness. Very good.