JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is white & frothy & the beer is cloudy, w/ a dark golden color. A nice hoppy flavor, but itís not as well balanced as some others Iíve had. You can definitely taste the alcohol; I prefer a beer where the alcohol flavor is hidden.
What I didnít like was that it did not have a very clean finish, as other IPAís Iíve tried do.
BillKismet (3163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely hazy orange appearance with a peachy pungence of (casscade?) hops in aroma and flavor. A well balanced IPA that lacks the metallic or sour finish of many harsher IPAís. Well crafted and enjoyably bitter with a moderate body/mouthfeel.
Ernest (5869) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (pine/resin, grapefruit, flowers, apricot), lightly malty (cookie, bread), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of peach and orange. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A 6-12 month old sample was better (for my tastes) than this obviously fresher, hoppier, leaner sample. Still, very good for the style.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours nice with a big long lasting frothy head that smells like complex hops and a hint of floral and fruit notes. It has a nice deep flavor with interesting cascade type hop finish. Seeing this was a íMaximusí IPA I was assuming it would surpass the hoppyness of their regular IPA... but it didnít. It seems to have more balance and more maltyness.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cloudy amber color, the head a light tan, the lace in sheets that cling longingly to the glass. Nose íHOP Floralí, citrusy, light hints of malts. Well the beginning is sweet, the top light to medium, the finish, is all íHopsí, somewhat dry, a bit acidic, with that íTerrific Hopí bitter aftertaste. A magnificent beer from a top notch brewery.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 Foam is very dense, rocky, and well retained atop an amber liquid. Typical pine and orange aroma with whispers of grass, plastic, nutty malt, and some sort of tinginess. Strawberry shortcake also comes to my mind? This aroma is rather soft, similar to Stone's IPA. Pale malt structure is well displayed in the middle. Tangerine finish and semi-aggressive bitterness make battle for what seems like minutes. Nice hop burps, to boot. Not a bad IPA, but this left me beckoning for a little more. However, (I know this varies greatly from one IPA to the next), bitterness is much more pronounced at room temperature and the potential is more evident.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wonderful deep golden hazy appearance. Rather smooth and balanced for an IPA, almost creamy. Hops galore!
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rather bitter, as an IPA should be, but overly so. Itís truly a hop-monster, but not for me. 72 IBU.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops all the way through. Citrus and floral hop aroma, very hoppy flavor, long bitter finish. IBU 72, OG 1.080 a big IPA, I just wish it had a little detectable malt. At the end of this bottle I didnít even want to think about hops anymore. medicinal.
I understand that an IPA is supposed to be hopppy and bitter but this shows no kind of balance. It doesnít take much skill to just dump a bunch of hops in the kettle.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Non-playiní West Coast Hop Monster. No finess, no balance. Just drink it.