y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smelled delicously hoppy but not as strong as the ruination. It wasn't really anything special to look at; looked sort of like an amber ale : good flavor though of predominant hops and slight citrus with a thick sort of smooth bitterness.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
overall a little dissapointing. Pours a light amber with nice white head. The flavor is where I get stuck. All the good floral and citrusy flavors of IPA that I like are missing here. The first impact with my tongue tasted good, but going down, it had an all to powerful obtrusive bite... not a good one.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweetish nose, loaded with crystal. Golden color with a small head. Intensely hoppy with an overpowering skunky hop flavor. A good body but simply unbalanced and bitter. Covers up the alcohol very well, lots of sediment.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy amber with thick white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is cascade hops (serious hops here) with some malty tones as well. But mainly just hops. This has one of the most bitter finishes I've ever tasted. There is a pause and then the hops kick in with attitude. Packs quite a bitter kick in the end. Alcohol is apparent in the taste after a few swigs. This is one dramatically unbalanced beer -- all hops and bitter, very little malts. I like it!
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice ruddy golden brown with a lacy head and floaters (yeast). Sweet and hoppy aroma. Flavor is full. Sweet start that opens up into a sharp, yet subtle taste. Mildly hoppy finish.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours crystal clear and an orange copper color. Nice big head initially that dissipates to a small even head with excellent lacing. Aroma is very, very fresh hops (this reminds me of the Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale) with a decent amount of malt thrown in. Flavor is full and sweet up front with the hop bitterness kicking in later than expected. Finishes quite smooth. Not really as hoppy as expected for a double.
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice yellow&orange color and white head. goes down very smooth. crisp, mild taste which was scrumptious. good beer!
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aged about a year: Nice golden color. Light citrus scent. Definately bitter, but I think that age might have mellowed this a bit. Pine flavor. An interesting, almost minty aftertaste. Enjoyable.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2004 A hazy copper color, pours a bit on the thick side with an off cream to tan colored head that is fairly thick and lasting. A hoppy aroma with notes of fruit and citrus, perhaps some aromas of a blooming field of some type of flower. A full mouth-feel, quite thick for an IPA, even for a strong one. This was yester-years American Barley-Wine. The hops are there, but not as up front as I was expecting. A sort of orange-nectar hop flavor. This beer is quite malty as well. Lightly sweet, which gives this beer a hop nectar type taste. This beer was not as bitter or hoppy as I was expecting. It is pretty good though. It is a bit too thick for my taste though.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is hoppy with a hint of fruitiness - pears, apricots. Appearance is a coppery amber. Flavor is fruity up front iwth a very nice hoppy finish. A very satisfying IPA.