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.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The orange almost copper body holds a slightly brown head composed of tight little bubbles. the aroma is quite malty for an IPA but there are still plenty of hops sneaking into the olfactory senses. the flavor is full of rich, sweet malt and then citrussy hops. the citrussy hops develop into their wonderfull bitter selves as the beer slides down the throat and leave me ready for more. a very nice IPA, with lots of malt sweetness supporting the hops
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
for a pale ale, it was mighty dark--burnt sienna brown. very flowery, perfumish aroma. slight head, smooth even mouthfeel. strong grapefruit taste with a dry burnt hay finish. very hoppy but quite nice. went really well with my chili.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
04-09-02 bottle date??? C'mon guys, what do those numbers on the box mean? (August 31, 2002 tasting notes): Very unattractive opaque brown; thick oily head, very hoppy with very good maltiness.
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best smelling beers I have ever encountered. Looks great. Tastes great. Very good beer.
kyzr (1152) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and dark with a nice head. Big rich hop flavor that wanted to overtake me, but I said no!
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love a good dark IPA, full bodied with slight berriness then intense hop bitterness that carries you well into your next beer
evans2 (9) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2003 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More overpowering IPA's come to mind...but that's not a bad thing! Very smooth for an IPA...and the look of this beer is AWESOME! Burnt orange look and cloudy. Had it with a Malto Bene steak I marinated and it complimented well. Nice thick head on this one...and smelled very floral.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Imagine running through a beautifully grassy filed, the blades of grass thick and lush, some 5 feet high. Now imagine drinking that grass and this is what you get. I'm belching up flowers. There's some malt presence that seeps in occasionaly...but down to the very last sip is nothing but an over dose of hops. Its like bobbing for beer in a bag of grass shavings right after you mowed the lawn. Incredibly smoothe...this reminds me of why i like beer so much.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty dark amber color with a thick, frothy tan head that lasted all the way down the glass. Chunks of all kind of stuff floating around in this thing...it was actually very appealing. Huge hops aroma with a nice sweet core. The flavor was like I would expect an Extra Extra Extra Special Bitter to be like...huge hops bitterness backed by a huge malty sweet character. Crisp finish...very thirst quenching. Maybe my favorite IPA so far!