rajendra82 (976) - 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 (1374) - 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 (2117) - 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.
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a clear copper color with a modest but fine and creamy off-white head. This settles out fairly quickly leaving that thin white ring that produces a thin, sheet of lacing. The aromas are mainly a soft pale grain maltiness and a hopps that is not to sharp of edgy. Flavor is a bit sweet, honey maybe, and again the hops, while prominant are not overly bitter. Very smooth and fairly heavy feel for the style.
Pleasantly bitter and slightly chalky aftertaste.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strong hoppy opening within the light amber brew. Fairly balanced through the middle but a bit bitter on the finish.
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours light amber with a white head. aroma is sub par.. tastes piney, citrusy, pretty much like a regular IPA but a little stronger. I can think of many other ipa’s i’d rather have, but this is still pretty good. far from the "raging mouthfull of hops" that it claims