kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: hazy dark copper, wispy off white head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with floral and earthy hops,
Flavor: sweet dark crystal flavor, lots of hop flavor with an astrengent bitterness,
Source: cellar tasting
Aroma: huge fruity character in the hop aroma,
Overall: house buttery character adds to the sweetness, astrengency has faded to a great balancing floral and citrus character, lasting bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Clear orange body with a fluffy off-white head. Nose is mostly sweet caramel. Body is fairly sweet, viscous style with more caramel and lots of grapefruit rind. Bitterness lingers on the palate for a long time. Fairly soft mouthfeel. This is probably one of the only IPAs I have enjoyed more as it warmed to room temperature, I was ready to give it a worse rating.
fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a beer for hopheads only. very thin body, low malt presence. Basically just a lot of hops which is not necessarily a bad thing if you want a lighter beer without sacrificing a lot of flavor
3fourths (8875) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 22oz bottle. Dry, sharp, yeast-heavy dried lawn clippings and vinegary lemon in the nose - striaght, full hops, but they’re dry, arcid, and snappy - too much. Flavor is not much of a departure: sharp, snippy dried hop leaves an intensely strong bitterness on the tongue, with the rest of the experience being dominated by a yeast-heavy homebrew-esque dirtyness, and a cracker pils malt base that’s difficult to find and more difficult to enjoy due the sharpness and dryness of the hops. It sounds like I’m complaining but I actually liked this beer somewhat.
raiderfost (169) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the secret room. Nice copper pour with a thick white head. Nice hops flavor and aroma. By far the best offering from a otherwise not so great brewery.
Drake (11410) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 Botte from Beer Run in Charlottesville. Pours copper colored with plenty of head that sticks around. Floral hoppy aroma. Taste is straightforward hoppiness (kinda metallic) balanced at the end with a bit of sweetness at the end. Blah... 6/4/5/3/11/2.9
22 ounce 2008 bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark amber color with a large head. Good head retention and lacing. Sweet aroma with fruity floral hop notes. Taste is sweet, ligjhtly toasted malts with bitter spicy and minty hops. Medium bodied. 5/4/7/4/12/3.2
ChainGangGuy (4649) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a small, off-white head.
Smell: Fresh-smelling hop aroma of pine, citrus fruits, and flowers. Some toasted caramel in there as well.
Taste: Toasted caramel malts with a sugary sweetness. Resinous hoppiness with a followthrough of the notes from the aroma. Moderate bitterness. Dry, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: No diacetyl? Iím stunned! Not bad, especially considering itís from Legend.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 *re-rate* 16th anniversary edition @ 7%abv. pours a reddish gold with a thick, soapy off-white head and sticky lacing. aroma is much more pronounced than years past with sweet, dank hops, orange, pink grapefruit, and sweet nectarine fruit notes with a hint of spice and sweet, caramel malts. flavor is delicious and very fruit forward with orange, peach, and sweet grapefruit notes with a touch of berry backed by sweet floral esters and nutty, bready, caramel malts. palate is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a long, bitter finish. overall, a damn nice IPA thatís improved over the years.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz. pours clear orangish amber with big fluffy head. big citrus hops... tangerine, grapefruit. mouthful is zesty with hop the citrus hops dominating. this is not bad, but seems to be lacking a malt backbone...
decaturstevo (5696) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to the Ga Crew for this beer. Deep orang amber pour with foamy tan head. Nice sweetish evergreen aroma. Nice malt with an excellent finishing bitter. Much more hop flavor than aroma. Carbonation is good mouthfeel is just a bit thin. Solid all round beer that edges on damn good.