FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden color with yellow accents. Fruity hop aroma, not overly resinous. Smooth mouthfeel with medium body, nice maltiness balanced by very floral and citrusy hop flavor. Residual resin and spiciness sometimes evident in hop-dominant beers is not present. Excellent example of an American IPA. Not as full flavored as I tend to enjoy, but very drinkable.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice fluffy creamy head. Some citrus mixed with flowery hops but not over the top on the hops. More like a pale ale than an IPA. A bit of malty flavor too. Some spice is revealed as it warms. Good but there are others on the shelf I’d reach for first. One & done.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this IPA. Nice hop flavor...nothing overboard. Nice white head and crisp flavor.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not an IPA I would buy. Signature off, Lagunitas nose. Boring and oxidized finish very bland pale ale, not an IPA.
MarkBarnes (375) - Waterville, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 March 1, 2005: Just sampled a couple of these on tap at JFK Int’l while waiting to board a delayed flight. Overall, I found this IPA to be very tasty and satisfying -- a NICE effort!
Tried this again on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY -- excellent IPA!
12 oz. bottle on Nov. 15, 2006: This is a VERY tasty and well-balanced IPA. A bit more subdued (i.e., not over-the-top hoppy) like some of the other West Coast varieties, but this is definitely a winner.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poured an orange/brown w/ golden highlights w/ thin head and lacing. The aroma was citrusy and flowery w/ hints of pine. The flavor was all oranges and pine. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.
IndianaRed (2466) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 Bottle Pours a clear amber with a very small off white head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is mainly hops. Flowery and piney mostly. Flavor is a nice sharp bitter hopiness, with some full malty flavors imediatley following. Feel is not as thick or full bodied as my favs of the style. After taste is a quite bitter lingering burn. A bit much.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap @ Dutch Goose: nice floral and evergreen hop nose; rich, earthy, malty, background well supported by modest hopping; creamy, moderately full bodied mouthfeel; quite drinkable and complex; this would be a great summer fishing day brew, and is my new favorite everyday IPA.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a thin white head and little lacing. Smells really neat like bitter cherries and some hops to the smell as well. Tastes a littler bitter and hoppy moderately bitter/long aftertaste but a fairly unimpressive flavor, lagunitas maximus is better. Palate fairly unimpressive but not bad. Decent IPA but nothing special.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured dark amber with a smallish head and spotty lacing.
Aroma was malty with very small aroma of hops.
Flavor is more citrus than hops, I could use a bit more hops in this beer but it is good and easy drinking.