TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Pours a golden/amber/orange with a nice sea foam head that stuck around and laced the glass. Strong floral and citrus in the aroma. A great IPA, very well balanced which you donít always see with this style. Went really well with the pizza I was having. Would pick this up by the case to have around as a session beer. Does not beat Victorys HopDevil but it gives it a nice run and even though it is similar to other IPAís it has enough going on to help set it apart. Now how come Lancaster Brewing Co wasnít making this one when I was going to college in that town?
Had this again on tap at the brewery and I re-rated it. The only things I was picking up that were different the 2nd time around was that the citrus Iím picking up is more orange that any other citrus. Also picked up some of those roasted malts some of the other Lancaster beers have. Not as "hoppy" as some other IPAís. But just really tasted and smelled nice.
Nejhleader (1393) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 very nice IPA. Had nice hops taste and also very smooth. pine/citrus aftertaste, bitter.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím a fan of American IPAs and of west coast hops, so itís not surprising that I really like this one. Pours a dark orange golden color with a good white head. Nose of malt and Cascades. Taste of malt, orange, pine, and grapefruit. They say itís 40 IBUs but it tastes bigger and hoppier than that. Nice balance none the less. Creamy mouth feel with a long, dry, hoppy finish.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 8, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this originally at the í05 Old Dominion Brewfest. But after ingesting nearly 200 ounces of beer I couldnít give a credible rating. Now, Iíve obtained a bottle and will do my best. Pours a thin amber, with gold and macintosh apple reds. Head is small, but common for the style and is white colored. Fragrance is aggressively hopped: pineapple, pinecones, pineneedles, softened slightly with sweet melons. Taste is near what one would expect for the style, however this beer has a unique acidity with which I am unfamiliar. Old orange juice or maybe lime juice would cut your throat in a similar fashion. I also detect pencil shaving hops which are not great for the palate. This beer could be sweeter with a more developed malt characteristic, as the one that is here is little more than a tad of caramel. It really seems more like overly hopped water.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) Okay, Iíll be honest, Iím pleasantly surprised by how tasty this brew is. Fair or not, I just donít put Lancaster in the same stratus as, say, Victory, but this is one damn good tasting IPA. Malty, moderately sweet, caramely, fruity like orange citrus, and a bit toasty, the mildly bitter hops seems a perfect complement, though I admit, I certainly prefer a malty brew! The nose is wonderful, quite malty and lightly fruity with a touch of hops. Not quite the aroma of your typical IPA, but I still love how this beer smells. Medium "plus" in body, gently carbonated, rich, smooth and pleasant on the palate. Medium amber color is slightly hazy in appearance. Light tan head rises to an inch on the pour, but is able to maintain a quarter-inch layer throughout the session. Large, thick patches of lace stick to the glass. Lightly hopped for an IPA, but this has been quite a treat to taste and rate this gem.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think I need glasses - the whole time I was drinking this, I was wondering why it had a hog on the label and was called hop DOG - Iíll blame the summer heat. I was standing out on the front lawn, drinking this; holding my hose and watering the flowers in 92 degree heat. This copper golden bodied IPA had a decent head and lace. Nice citrusy aroma. Taste started off with a moderate malt, but quickly was taken over by citrus, orange peel, grapefruit hops with a healthy dose of fruityness - I kept thinking of Bing Cherries. More orange juice flavors as it went along. Nice brew! (grabbed this at Circle Liquors, NJ, June 2005)
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - A very nice IPA. Tons of hops and malt. More malty than most IPAís. Alcohol well hidden.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old Dominion beerfest 2005, Great IPA. Tons of flavor and balance. Want more.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Willblake for this little treat.This has a great little aroma with a definite presence of perfumey hops and citrus.Little off on the taste,bitter but not as hop ridden as I was hoping but this would be a beer to always have a round.My friends would love this.
JimNecci (1) - Amissville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The hops come through wonderfully! Such a nice ínoseí. This beer is quite different from the IPAís out there/