Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Entering the mystical world of "wet-hopping" here... Medium amber/orange, good lacing. Earthy, almost pizza aroma, but with a hint of grapefruit. Slight biscuit malt flavors wither under a hop onslaught, lots of grapefruit and some earthiness. As the beer warms, I begin to reconsider my initial "onslaught" assessment. The beer is hoppy, but nothing beyond the pale really. Nice though.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
F-Yeah! This is the kind of I.P.A. I’m talking about, Bottle conditioned, fat and frothy white head, and massive aromatics! This was a Very Impressive Treat!
Pours a rich copper body, a foamy white head leaving loads of lacing everywhere. The bold alpha Warrior hop adds a massive piney presence to the beer. Large citric notes, mainly grapefruit and pineapple are in the beginning and finish, with a small toasty hint of caramel that can be found in the middle. The body is not to the point of being Imperial but it is still rather chewy and rich.
I wish this weren’t a seasonal for Left Hand, because I’d drink this quite often, even at $4.99 a bomber!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
With hints of mangos and pine on the nose, and tasting of pine and grapefruit, this was a nice IPA. The color and lacing was nice, but there was no head.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours an attractive orange amber color with an excellent lacing head. aroma is absolutely amazing...fresh hoppy goodness. flavor is really good...so fresh and mellow. not quite on parallel with the aroma but still great. i like this alot. it’s an IPA, similar to other’s but everything just comes together really well in this recipe.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber in color with a nice, pillowy tan head. Ultra-fresh PacNW hop aroma wallups you on the pour. Big hoppy flavors and well-integrated bitterness mingle with powerful caramel and toffee malt flavors. Everything a big, hoppy IPA ought to be. Underrated.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft: Wet Hop Beer Festival, O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) For me, this beer took 4th place in the Wet Hop Festival. It’s very flavorful, malty, moderately sweet and quite hoppy. Very balanced and nice! Fairly hoppy nose, but with a solid maltiness for nice balance. Light amber color. Off-white head pours to a decent size, but fades to a rim eventually. It leaves some patchy lacing on the glass.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think this is a highly underrated beer. Poured an amber color with nice head and very floral hoppy aroma. A great smell on this beer. Taste is crisp, hoppy, sweet. Really a quality beer.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m breaking my "fresh hop brew" cherry with this one. Pours a beautiful hazy amber with suspended particles and a rocky off-white head. Aroma is just pure floral citrus hops, awesome. Taste is moderately sweet - very grapefruity/citrusy. Has a good dose of pine too. Very "fresh" tasting. Leaves a pleasurable bitter, grapefruit rind aftertaste. Solid malt backbone. Full, round and silky smooth on the palate with very subtle carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in rings with great head retention. Very solid, underrated IMO.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-red. Nose is fruity and a bit citric, also a bit green and weedy. Taste is hoppy, citric and a bit floral. Tastes like fresh hops, meaning it’s a bit too young-tasting. Nice palate, full and creamy.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with cloudy orange-amber body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma and flavor are both slightly sweet and slightly fruity with a woody hop note. Not overly bitter yet a touch green. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.