jefcon (1391) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-golden with a little slightly off-white head. Aromas are of a forward hoppy aprocot. Tastes follow, with dry cherry/spice/ham undertones. I agree with tasters who identify grapefruit, too. A sharp and bitter IPA, but not the sharpest or bitterest. Palate is fine, but a little short and carbonated for an IPA.
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours cloudy orange color with a well retained off white head. Aroma is very grassy with a hint of pine. Flavor is very citricly hoppy. Mouthfeel is solid.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a darker copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, citrus and pine. Tastes of oranges, pine, and grapefruit. On the hoppy side with a nice bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a frothy, fairly clear full copper color, that is topped by a prodigious full amber tan head. The aroma is redolent of hoppy notes of pine, fresh cut herbs, and grapefruit. The taste is lightly sweet up front, but quickly moves to be hop dominated by notes of resiny pine with a bit of soft citrus. The finish is quite solidly bitter, and quite quenching, such that you want to drink another quaff. I really like the rough astringent hoppy notes of this beer, though it could perhaps use a hint more hoppiness to balance it out. This is a simple bombastic hop explosion, that is quite enjoyable.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper color with a nice off-white head. Pine resin aroma. Nice resin/earthy/spicey flavor. Not highly bitter. Light bodied. The more you drink, the less impressive it is. It starts out great, but half way through I wasn’t so impressed. A growing mustiness.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper pour. Small off white head. Hops and grapefruit in the nose with touches of malt. Carbonation on the edge of glass is floating to the surface in single file lines. Has nothing to do with the beer, but fun to watch them. Love those hops. First taste is very soft, then half way through the mouth you get hit with the hops. The touch of sweet malt in the aroma was nowhere to be found in the taste. No problem as long as you like the hops. Medium body.
Lightly bitter. Not cloying at all. Very good.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very cloudy dark tan liquid with a ecru head that settles to larger isles of foam. Floral lemons a wash with a faint hint of malt. First impression - thin and weak. Dry pale malts with some citric hops thrown in for weak effects. Call it wet, call it green, call it an APA lacking malt depth and body. After a long road trip sat down and was hoping to be shipped to India, instead, I’m still in my basement wanting a big brew to carry me off to bed.
SpringsLicker (3136) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 Thanks to Matta for this gem!
Beautiful clear, deep amber pour that supports a long lasting, sticky head of off-white, that lasts forever.
Multi-layered hop and malt aroma. Spicy floral hops with sweet caramel malt and warm bread dough in the back.
Well balanced flavor, delivered on a light to medium bodied beer, that carries a long sweet, then bitter finish. Very acceptable IPA.
Scored down 2 pts overall and 1 pt palate. This has gotten thinner and lost character.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge thanks to matta for this. I may be biased in favor of IPAs and IIPAs, but come on people! Let’s show this beer some love! Slightly cloudy copper/orange pour, with a huge, creamy off-white head. Aroma of big hops, grapefruit, malt, resin, and ground black pepper. Tastes very hoppy, with a semi-sweet malty mid palate followed by a blast of resiny hop astringence. I love it. Super smooth, velvety and hoppy on the palate. This one reminds me of some IIPAs such as Marin White Knuckle and the excellent Great Divide Hercules and Titan duo, although not quite as "in your face dense and hoppy". If you love IPAs, you’ll love this one. Yeah man!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy caramel, large off-white rocky head, web like lacing, with very light carbonation. Soft hop aroma. Strong hop profile on first sip, but yet not very bitter. Fairly smooth, with a subtle malt background. Very light citrus note as well. Medium body, nearly full mouthfeel. Lingering hop flavor on the finish. Slightly sweet.   The thing I liked most about this is it had great hop flavor, but wasn’t overly bitter. Good stuff! Thanks goes out to pdee for the trade!