jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Saprkling clear dark amber with a nice rocky light manila head. The aroma is quite floral with light citrus and pine in the background. The flavor is pretty nice. Good balance between the malts and the hops. Not overly the top bitter, decent sweet firm malt backbone that carries it through until the end. Soft palate that is only lightly hoppy gritty. Best beer I have had from this brewer.
beerdude (1) - USA - JUN 9, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! What a great IPA. Nice thick head, big floral aroma, big hop flavor supported by a malty backbone. A well crafted beer with wonderful balance.
GrandpaSteve (10) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Update - The case I got this weekend (7/22/05) tasetes nasty - there is a sour undertone and after tase - reminicent of BO or sweat socks. I rated this very high on my first rating, but there has to be consitency for a real winner. I had to downgrade aroma, appearance and overall.
(Start original rating here)The hop aroma and flavor is like DFH 90. The soft mouth feel, drinkability and malt profile is as if it were blended with cask conditioned Hop Devil.
It blends the best of both of these IPAs.
Sorry Victory - I think this is what Hop Wallop should have been. I’m Lovin’ it.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean and clear deep amber with off-white head. Hoppy aroma. Medium-bodied. tastes hoppy and fuity. Nice beer, but I think it could be improved with the lack of hop-aftertaste. Otherwise, this is good stuff. Would recommend and buy again in the future.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy fruity aroma. Dark amber, whitish head. Piney taste. A solid hop punch. Pretty balanced overall. Solid IPA
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Deep clear amber with a dense off-white head. Wow, very pungent piney resinous hop aroma ; similar to DFH 90 Minute IPA. Flavor is expectedly hoppy with notes of grapefruit, citrus, pine, resin and a little caramel and toastiness. I may be nuts, but I also picked up a hint of tropical fruits too. Moderately sweet. Bitter and slightly soapy and metallic aftertaste. Flavor starts off strong but ends a little bland, could use more malty body and sweetness IMO. Medium body and smooth texture but a little thinner than I expected. Moderate carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in thick sheets, good head retention. Nice beer.
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA entry by LBC. Citrus, citrus, and more citrus...and, oh, a bit of pine as well. Nice malt undertones give the hops a bit of sweetness on the finish. Bottom line, this is a delicious IPA that I will buy whenever it is available.
BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by Rich: Coppery hue with aan initial large frothy head which settled and provided a good lace. The aroma has notes of leafy pine and aormatic bitters (hybrid IPA), carmel and bready malts, a touch of vanilla, seasalt and an earthy yeast ester. The taste starts surprisingly mellow with a good balance of bitters and malt. The undertones of mild citric and berry fruits combine with a honeywheat bready nature. The finish is equally smooth and only has a mild leafy aftertaste. The feel is a bit watery and fizzy, refreshing enough. Overall, it is good session type IPA with a nod more towards the British styles. I enjoyed it.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber color (darker than the 4 grain) with a thick collar of off-white foam. Aroma is almost entirely Centenniel hops and nothing else. Flavor is defintiely Centenniel hops with a good caramel malt foundation and possibly some tartness from water salt additions. Straightforward, very good, but almost no points for complexity.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep amber color, with a fast fading, sticky, white head. Aromas are of fresh malts, strawberry donuts, and more strawberries. Flavors are of strawberries, malts, and slight alcohol in the background. Simcoe hops are way off in the background. Alcohol sneaks up on you. Decent IPA overall.