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 (3035) - 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 (7421) - 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 (5982) - 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!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was part of an IPA tasting at The Corkscrew in Urbana, IL. ABout twenty-five IPAs ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. With one home brewed and quite good. Kudos to Nilay for that one. Left Hand has some good stuff. This is one. Pours a hazy orange with a weak off-white head. Aroma is sweet and citrusy. A little thin in body, it did, however, deliver good hops flavor. I was curious about the "wet-hopping" but it was okay. There was still ample flavor but without the edge.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Dark copper hue with a dense, bubbly, long-lasting cream colored head, lots o’ floaties. Clean citrus fruits in the nose. Flavor is light nutty caramel and medium hoppy citrus, a bit one sided and lacking complexity. Medium body. Not bad, but far from a favorite. Probably better when fresher.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear amber color with a hoppy flavor and aroma, I enjoyed this on draft at the left hand brewery. It finishes very cleanly which is a plus. Thi is a very nice IPA.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazed amber body with meduim beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some floral. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, floral, some peach, caramel. Medium body, some acidity. Very drinkable.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An excellent run of the mill IPA. Citrus abounds with that clean dryness that characterize the style. The alcohol is fairly well hidden but nice