Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice malty IPA. That’s right, with alll the great Cascades in here, it was the roasted malt that made this a great beer. Darker than a normal IPA, and probably not 100% true to the style, but I loved this ale.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a thin head that stays. Aroma is citrus hops and a moderate deep caramel maltiness. Flavor is piney, citrusy hops and a caramel malt. I don’t know if its a bad bottle or a common characteristic but I am tasting a cardboard.
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium amber, nice head. Big citric grapefruit and pine nose, pleasant. Flavor matched, pine resin and grapefruit, with a balancing toasty, at times roasty malt. Good stuff.
Sirjohn03 (39) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: amber color, white head that diminishes quickly. A very hoppy aroma. This is a very nice IPA with a strong hop taste from start to finish. The initial taste of the hops is strong and finishes slightly sweet, but dominated by the hops. Never could tell it was 7.8% ABV
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber/red with a two-finger head that doesn’t stick around. A bit of lacing. Excellent hop aroma, more floral than citrus and pine, which is odd for an American IPA. The pine and citrus is still there, though. The hops dominate the flavor from start to finish but are backed by a nice malt profile. The flavor has some of the floral qualities of the aroma, making it a bit different from a lot of other IPAs. Good stuff.
Nate (3824) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at State College 8th Annual Festival. Nice hoppy aroma. Fruity with grapefruit, sugar, resin, orange peel and other citrus. Clear amber gold with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and sweet throughout, nice maltiness and caramel to start. Big hops profile from mid taste through finish and beyond. Floral, bitter yet surprisingly refreshing. After is hoppy and just a bit sweet. Nice beer to end on.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. My first taste of this came at the Penn brewing Microbrew fest, but my palate was destroyed, so I grabbed another bottle at D’s just to make sure that I liked it as much as I originally thought. I did. Nice clear copper color but not much head. Decent lace. Nose is malty along with roasted toasty nose and underlying pineapple. Also some vegetation smell here from the hops. Flavor is immediate bittter into hop flavors and then into the sweet malt, followed by toasted malts... this one actually gets a little sweet. It tastes a lot like the DFH 60 minute IPA with that roasted toasty quality. A little too light in the body for a top notch rating, but a fine beer nonetheless.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Clear, dark amber color with a medium sized off white head. Nice malty aroma with some citrus hops and a bit of caramel. Mildly sweet malt flavor with some caramel and a good citrus hop finish.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Potently hoppy/citrus/grassy nose over a nice amber body. Nice bit of earthy malts hits you first followed by potent grapefruit and lemon flavors followed by a hint of pine and grass. Delicious.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, Baja Bean Staunton VA. Classic hoppy IPA. Wonderfully hoppy nose with lots of grapefruit citrus and flowery aroma. Full body, decent alcohol heft. Nice balance of hops and citrus flavor-- it "bursts" like most IPAs but is rather smooth and mellow in texture (probably simply a result of its being a draft). Finishes clean-- none of the fuzzy tongue you can get from higher alcohol pales.