Cobra (1100) - - OCT 25, 2003
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best balanced IPA's I've ever had. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. Aug '03 bottling date. Poured out a murky, cloudy brown color, with a tan head. It has green highlights in the head from the massive amounts of hops used in brewing this delicious brew. Fresh, floral hops scent, with a spicy, resinous note to it as well.
Strong malt backbone stands up well to the hops. A really well made, and well thought out beer. Finishes clean & crisp, with spicy
hops burps to boot. A great beer overall. I highly recommend it.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 pours a dork copper with and off-white/tan head. The floavors range from citrus/floral with a good roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste is a little off though.... qutie dissapointing..
sloth (2647) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big beige head, great hang time. Lots of sticky lacing. Unfortunate chill haze that detracts from the amber color. Big hop nose. Piney, citrusy, fruity. Medium body. Good mouthfeel. Lots of hops, piney, bubblegum with a malty backup., resiny, tangy. Finish is dry , hoppy, nice bite. Damn fine representation of an AIPA. Impressive! Unfortunatly it loses some points in the appearence dept., shame, cuz i like this one!
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge hoppy aroma (citrusy)eminating from a cloudy dark amber beer. Off white to tan moderate head mostly diminishing with modeate lacing. Some intial sweetness followed by an in your face explosion of hoppy bitterness. A great beer for the hop lover and one which will be on my repurchase list if I can find it again. A good ipa but in my opinion not as well balanced as Stone IPA.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark pour, with a big white head, and some nice effervescent fruity aromas. Flavor is widely hoppy, not over the top, but very pure and clean tasting, with some nice honey sweetness in the aftertaste. Flavor is fruity and hoppy, with some mellow sweetness and a mouthfeel that is very lively. The finish is slightly bitter, but nicely balanced overall.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy with a citrusy & grapefruity aroma. Pours a nice neon orange color that is common with this majorly hopped IPAs. Flavor is moderately bitter but without too much balance. Medium bodied and a finish of pine and earth. This was a pretty good beer but a little unbalanced.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Rich copper color with a good head that dissipates rapidly leaving a fine lacing. Citrusy hops aroma. Tastes of grapefruit and potent hops with a warming alcohol finish.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured very nice with excellent, quickly dimishing head. Dark orange color. Aroma is light hops, not much else. Flavor is moderate hops with good malt balance. Nice bitterness on the swallow. Pretty good, I would drink this again.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange with hints of red. Nice frothy head with excellent lacing. Aroma is earthy hops and malt. Not too much citrus. Bitterness with slight malt sweetness. Bitterness is followed by a citrus bite. Body is creamy and the finish is bitter and the bitterness lingers.
tommyp (2) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2003 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 Surprised at the dark color for an IPA. Lots of suspended matter which I assume is hops floating around. A nice creamy head with lots of lace and a huge hop finish that lingers for a long time. Slow down when you drink this one as the citrus bite lingers on the back of the tongue. This is a hop-head lover's delight.