JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral hoppy aroma. Very smooth fruity taste with only a slight bitterness at the end. Leavews a big hoppy aftertaste, but goes down incredibly smooth. A nuttier aroma as it warms that slightly comes through in the taste.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Prominent floral hop aroma and dense ivory head. Clear brown-red color, perhaps a bit dark for the style. Respectable hop flavor and bitterness with enough maltiness for support. Finish is sweet, followed with dry hop bitterness.
PorterPounder (5712) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Frothy, thick pour with a long lasting lacing off-white head. Grapefruit like citrusy aroma. Thick nectar-like ruby red appearance. Almost - but not quite overhopped. Been a while since I had a good hopped beer so this was a nice surprise - need to get my taste buds ready for my trip out west in a few months!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This could quite possibly be my holy grail beer. First off, I love the look of this beer. Dark and cloudy, with lots of little floaties. Aroma of hops greet you. The sweet malt character is striking in such a bitter, hoppy brew. Very enjoyable.
Aurelius (4379) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong initial hop aroma, which fades off to a fruity and almost stout-like toffee malt character. The Picasso-esque label style came off better with the elephant than it did on the Downtown Brown. Appearance ding for the twistoff. Muddy brown sugar brew with beady head that clings to the glass in sheets. Appearance plus for having the nerve to market an unfiltered, brown AIPA. Strong hopping -- a bit too ragged-edgy for my taste. Initial taste has a powdery citrus caste, but that goes away and you're just left with the brutal hop bittering. Solid mouthfeel, but unpleasant residual bitterness.
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 (11653) - 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.