Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good IPA with an interesting yeast character in addition to the typical aromatic, citrusy bitterness. Malt character is excentuated by the alcohol content. A pleasant beer overall which most closely resembles an extra hopped American strong ale.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flowery hop nose. Body is a golden orange color and head is off white. Medium lace. Flavor is hoppy and plays with honey, lemon and tea. Clean finish.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from LoweredSixth. Nice copper orange color with a dense off-white head which lingers and coats the side of the glass with lacing. Aroma is nicely floaral and citric. A touch of caramel malt sweetness pulls through also. Very nice job with balancing malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Body is a touch watery. Taste is initially malty and balanced which gives way to a slow hop bitter buildup and finish. Nice.
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From BA warriorsoul, this came in a 22 oz. brown bomber with a paragraph of musings on the edge of the label. The beer was poured into my trusty tulip, and looked very nice, with an orange body that contained a touch of haze. The head was perfectly proportioned at two fingers thick with a rocky, foamy, creamy appearance. Patches of clumpy lace clung to the side of the glass as the beer was consumed.
The aroma was grassy and herbal, and not as overwhelmingly hoppy as I had presumed it would be. The alcohol was poking its head through the hops as well.
The taste was where the hops showed up in a more assertive way. The bitterness was up front and center, but as the tongue adjusted, biscuit like caramel malt made an appearance. The finish was grapefruit and floral with a peppery tang.
Medium mouthfeel was closer to a single IPA than a DIPA I think. The body lacked the heft that other beers from the style typically possess. Nonetheless, the beer was mouth coating and satisfying. Aftertaste was bitter and dry, but a little short lived. Definitely a notch above the run of the mill IPA, and very drinkable, but not quite a DIPA
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, golden pour. Typical Lagunitas style slw of west coast hops, with strong hop presence offset against malt. Alcohol was too visible, destroyed the balance. I very much prefer their Hairy Eyeball if I need a strong IPA. Disappointed by this one.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
So not an Imperial IPA. Nice beer very drinkable not a standout in any area. I hope they really ramp this one up.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear orange-amber with a small white head. Aroma: sweet honey, hops, fruit. Taste: sweet malt, citrus, lemon, grapefruit. Has a crisp, bitter finish.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of nutmeg, homemade chicken soup, resin, and caramel. Tastes malty....nutmeg notes (lots in the aftertaste), also some sourness in the swallow. Spicy, not hoppy at all. Strange.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Steady IIPA, pour was a very pretty golden copper color, with a mild white head. Nose was very piney, with some citrus and something I cannot determine yet. Taste is quite bitter loaded with hops, and finished off with a descent malt touch.
piscator34 (1995) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper in colour with aromas of Cascade and grassy hops. The flavors are mellow for an IIPA, medium bitterness with a whole lot of syrupy malt. The finish is powder dry and has a biscuit quality (which I’ve experienced with some Irish ales). I liked that quality, but I could see others not appreciating it. This is kind of a baby-step IIPA, but still a quality beer.