meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a decent sized white head. Not much retention or lacing going on here the head is only visible for the opening act. There are also plenty of yeasty morsels swimming around the brew. The smell is citrus hoppiness but not much else to be detected, a little under whelming. Taste is very hoppy with nice citrus grapefruit bitterness to it. Slightly sweet finish from the weak malt character here, the taste defiantly stands out more than the smell. Mouthfeel is near perfect its like a velvet hop carpet is rolled out over your palette. This is a very drinkable and sessionable brew. Overall better than average IPA with a good hop kick to it.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good lappy head lives comfortably and prospers atop this beer, foam the color of raw sugar, and the sagging dots of lace make endless exclamation points that cannot help but excite the taster. the beer itself is like dried corn or the bright but aged tiger-teak orange of a violin top. a nice aroma dances about, being loquacious about toffee and lumber and orange blossom. the hops are delicate, like eau de hop-bud in a perfumatic spritz for the refined lady’s bath, a smell of spring greenery, and a gob of caramel sizzling in butter. nice floral hops in the flavor have both a fruity tang and a bitterness that lingers like sucking on a trumpet valve, vying with lightly sweet doughnut malts.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber with a small white head.
Odd metallic nose with some orange notes. Thin flavored, tangy, musty, dominated by bitter hops. Little to no sweetness, and some diacetyl notes.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 (12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) This beer features a fairly malty, somewhat bready nose for an IPA, with only a mild hoppiness. In the flavor, the hops bitterness is also pretty mild for an IPA, and the bready, mildly sweet malt is strong enough to throw the balance slightly toward the malty side initially, with the hops eventually becoming a bit more assertive for a balanced finish. Medium bodied, and the palate is balanced but average in viscosity. Chunky particles are suspended in the cloudy, light amber colored beer anc are swirled around by the very active carbonation bubbles. Off-white head pours to average size and settles to a thin layer, leaving a fair amount of lacing spread around the glass. Overall, this beer is pleasant and flavorful, but probably about average to me for an IPA. I’m not much of a hophead, but even I think this IPA needs more presence from the hops to deserve a higher rating.
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured amber-bronze, cloudy with suspended particles. Spare head. Piney aroma, citrus hop flavor. Finished quickly with slight bitterness.
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 Poured a light copper color with a small off white head with sticky lacing on the glass. Light citrus hop, earth, majorly sweet, malty aroma. Sweet citrus hop taste, coconut, other fruits, finishing with a light bitterness. Nicely balanced, quaffable IPA.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My 3rd Lagunitas variety, hoping for the best after 2 average brews.
Hops are not very prominent, maybe a bit stale for the "cute" label they put on this one. Very bitter going down, finish is weak bitter hops, no balance. Poured half a bottle.
Loddeer (171) - USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has an excellent initial taste, but the aftertaste ... not a great ending. The smell and apperance were promising, overall the IPA was good, not great. Aftertaste lacked the transtiion that could have provided an excellent experience.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of caramel, spicy hops. Hazy, burnt orange with suspended particulate matter. Thin white head with some lacing. Fruity and full of hop flavor with body to match. Good combination of citrus and resins. Just enough rough bitterness to remind you to think about what you are drinking. A bit of tin can in the finish. Maybe some oxidation. A dependably good IPA though it is consistantly inconsistant.
jonas (5605) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ The Yardhouse Pasadena,CA - fresh keg
Cloudy orange amber, low creamy head.
Pine bitterhops blanket tastebuds.
Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Pine bitterhop aftertaste.