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.
TheBeerGod (4915) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Bottled. Pours a bronze body with a medium slightly tanned head. Nose is BIG hops! Strong fruit (pineapple) and pine tree notes with mild creamy malts in the background. Very nice aroma! Taste is also big, bold and hoppy. There’s the obvious hop profile but it’s nicely balanced with a decent malt backbone. Body is a bit creamy although bitter and oily. Perfect! Finishes is more fruit, mellower malt flavors and hop bitterness. Nice IPA!
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber, brought to me out of storage by Jim at Vienna Whole Foods. Pours a clear amber with a nicely fluffed, off white-creamy head of bubbles, leaves excellent lacing. Smell is miraculous; it has lots of pineapple, mangoes, sweet pine, and papaya. One of the best IPA nasal palates I’ve ever detected, probably attributed to the Warrior hops. Taste is meaty with solid malt underpinnings that make their presence known while never getting too sweet, as most beers such as Stone tend to do. On top of this malt is a lovely assortment of different hop flavors. Roasted, dry, floral, citrus. Its all there and its all very balanced. Aftertaste is roasted and bready. Shared with the venerable jgb9348.
jgb9348 (4298) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper/amber coloured body with a nice dense tan head. Aroma of pure super-fresh warrior hops, balanced malt and a good sweet caramel aroma. Medium-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour up front with a very well-balanced maltiness. Lingering sweetness of caramel and burnt sugars, but the hops dominate. Aftertaste doesn’t last too long, but the hops are the most resident in the palate. Overall, a good beer to try, definitely nice to have fresh, but lacking a bit in the taste. Very well dry-hopped, but not the best during the boil process. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 14-November-2004 with good friend jon[r888710].
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date, but considering where I bought it from, it IS very fresh. Poured out an orangish / amber color, with a huge sticky white foamy head. It left a sticky mess of a head on top of the beer, and down the sides of the glass too. Aromas are of Warrior hops, thick, sticky, resinous, and piney. No grapefruit here gang. Thick aromas or malts, yeasty bread, estery fruits, and slight alcohols. Tastes are of Warrior hops, resinous, earthy, and delicious.
Malts make a play for mid-field, but struck out by the hops. Slightly leaning towards the hops, but they don’t overpower the malts by any means.
Slightly green tasting, maybe the hops need to be dried before throwing them in the beer. Alcohol is noticeable, mostly after it’s swallowed. Slight burning quality to it. Medium mouthfeel, not too thick. Finishes sweet, and hoppy. It would match well with a piece of Maytag blue cheese.