amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a very big hop aroma, murky brown in color, tan fluffy head. Big hop flavor up front with a malty finish. It was not as bitter as I like in an IPA.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 11, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The bottle desciption includes "smooth, full-bodied unfiltered, radically hopped". Do not agree with "smooth" at all, but the rest is accurate. This is actually an interesting brew in what it is attempting to be, which is a departure from most IPA's I have experienced. But the result is like an experiment gone awry, it's un-balanced with the 'radically hopped' character overpowering and attacking the back of your throat in the finish. Other high-hopped brews manage that aspect and are still able to have malt presence. I did finish the experiment, as I was hoping that it would tame down as it warmed in the glass, but it was too bitter to the very end.
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If it looks and smells like a good IPA it must be a good IPA - and this one is! Out of the bottle pours a nice brown, unfiltered color brew. It settles nicely in the glass with a good head that coats the glass as you drink down the beer. As expected, the hops deliver a nice punch.
argo0 (11581) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown body with medium off-whit head. Aroma is medium grapefruit/floral hoppy, with some sweetness. Taste is intensely hoppy -- grapefruit with a hint of floral. Slight sweetness. Finishes with good solid bitterness. Medium body with some chewiness.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Sweet floral hoppy aroma and a dark copper colored body with good puffy lacing head. This has a pleasant mild maltiness with a resiny pine hop flavor. Dry, earthy bitter finish. Good, smooth body, but couldn't hold a torch to the Yulesmith I tried next to it.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have mixed feelings about this IPA. I will agree that it is a nice dark looking IPA with a great amount of hops. I drank it one night and really enjoyed it and then the second night I drank it my beer was not very cold. I didn't realize it being exceptionally warm but the taste was 100% worse the second night. So I'm gonna go with my first reaction and agree this is a hoppy flavorful delicious IPA.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hop aroma with a copper color. Nice thick beige head. Flavorful bitterness that is quite piney. Good bitterness for an IPA and well done. Good brew.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unfiltered, poured a very dark orange/red; great head and lacing. This one is really held together by the thick sweet malt - almost made the hops taste like an afterthought. After awhile though, this got a great sticky bitterness - pine/oak - all over the tongue, even at the front, which seems uncommon to me. Excellent
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice break from the many belgians I enjoyed at obriens. Nice aroma of hopps, it was like i was chillin inside a greenhouse. Hopps throughout, not much else to say other than it starts with a powerful hoppy flavor which forges on throughout until a nice crisp finish.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours a cloudy, deep amber color with particles of yeast floating throughout the body. The head is medium sized and off-white. The head lingers for while before gradually receding. It has a nice floral hop bouquet that gets your senses ready for an onslaught of hops. Full bodied with medium carbonation, the flavor is mostly hops, piney and citrusy, with some malt backbone up front. The finish is all hops with a lingering, bitter aftertaste. Quite a nice IPA, typical west coast hoppiness but enough malt and character to make it a little better than typical.