awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, coppery amber coloring with practically no head, but a few very large bubbles are coating the surface. Some grapefruit and red pine greets my nostrils, but with a mild manner. An underlying sweetness escapes from beneath the light hops aromas. Texture is actually quite carbonated and far less sticky than expected. The bubbles create a bigger tingling sensation on the tongue than the hops. Slightly sweet, and not nearly as hoppy as expected. The finish comes quickly and a little brash, as a touch of metallic alcohol bites through. Not bad overall; I can see this being a nice, fairly light summertime IPA.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured an amber color with a small head and a little lacing. Aroma was of pine and citrus and could pick out the grapefruit. Flavor was of grapefruit and hops. Light mouthfeel. "
mnurda (1193) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A "baby step IPA" is how soem might describe this. I mispoured this and wound up with sedimnet in the glass, which did not make for a great experience, but I think this is a good one, and I would definitely try it again.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry and citrus aromas are very evident. A nice gold body for this IPA, very good for it’s style. Very minimal white head, even when poured rough. A little bit thin on the taste, but good hops and some orange. Malts are very evident in the ending, which partially negates the bitterness that I have come to expect from IPAs.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma of hops with some malty hints. Citrus bitter flavor with some light malt in the background.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy orange with a medium white creamy head. Fresh hoppy aroma with some citric orange notes as well as pine like notes. Medium hoppy taste with a good blending of malts and hops. Dry body.
BeerandBlues2 (10775) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22-oz. bottle. Pours a coppery orange sunset with tiny bubbles quickly rising to form a rocky, frothy off-white head, good lacing. Orange citrus rind and pine aromatic bouquet with traces of yeast (sweat) and malt (meal). Heavily bitter, moderately acidic citrus rind, pine and resinous flavor that scorches the taste buds almost to the point of hiding the medium sweetness and malt, yeast notes. Medium bodied and spicy, lively carbonated palate.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
here’s a murky cognac colored pour with plenty of scree suspended throughout. given enough time-- an epoch or two in geological terms-- these chunks are abundant enough that they would likely coalesce into a new continent to rise from the tempestuous waters. needless to say, i couldn’t wait for that. the head was there to enjoy immediately: a sticky head of pug-beige that bloomed and slowly receded like hot breath on a cold window. amid vanilla wafers, spent tea leaves and a note of alcohol, the hops express themselves in voices like orange marmalade and crushed spring pine needles. and those voices are hip, energetic and synchronous, daddy-o. they could form a girl band and sign a motown recording contract while most people are still padding around in their underwear, scratching their ass and nursing a hangover. neatly balanced caramelly sweet malts and a strong bitterness across the tongue, like you’d tried to lick the rust off an old packard fender. easy carb, full bodied-- not a hop cannon that demolishes everything, but a scatter gun that nails the waffle malts, the oak-like alcoholic overtones, and the lingering bitterness . lingering? you betcha: my saliva was still measuring about 40 IBUs twelve hours after drinking. ah che wa wa.
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange colour with a small fast disappearing head. Lots of hops in the aroma, hints of resin too. Hoppy flavor with some malty notes. Hints of resin too. Floral hoppy and long aftertaste.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 LTD sampled 6-2-2008: Pours copper w/ a tall lasting head. Good lacing. Strong bitter sweet aromas. Full nctar w/ good carbonation. A fat malty sweetness pushes bright, fresh citrus candy forward. The hop component grabs my tongue and ties it in a knot while the malty goodness tries to soothe my wounds. The finish is bittered well w/ a malty sweetness hanging in the wind.
Maximus Regular: Pours a golden copper color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Good hangtime. Residual lacing is clasic w/ a full down comforter and snail tracks. Aroma of fresh hopsy pine sap and thick malts. Nice! Full nectar w/ ample residual nectar. Ths is a malty version w/ a mild sweetness balanced by a moderate grapefruit rind hop profile. Flavors are integrated well w/ a touch of perfume. Fat caramel malts, punchy hops, what more could you ask for ? The finish is long and leaves a mild sweetness on the palate as well as abundant grapefruit bittering.
Flavors are more pronounced as it warms. Not as hoppy as the commercial description suggests and a little light on the alcohol for it’s style. All in all a rather enjoyable beer that leans slightly out of style. If this brew was the typical 9 or 10 abv with this same balance, it would be a classic brew indeed.