123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 Pours very heavy, perhaps the darkest IPA you will ever find. Malts are rich and at some point over the top, you have to taste long and hard to find the hops. Finish is rich, overly smooth and thick. Not at all a simple IPA. I'll past on this one and whats with the bottle label?
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 12 oz bottle, fresh: dense, plateaued, slightly yellowed head. Bready, pine needle aroma with loads of grapefruit zest and fresh hop cones. Wild, natural bitterness with a slight, intriguing sweet funk. The tongue is wrapped in an orange-honey bitter blanket. Dark woody finish that leaves a long bronzed hop aftertaste. Great brew. 9/4/7/4/16
12 oz bottle, over 1 year old: no reduction in the density or size of the off-tan, rocky head. Much of the strong grapefruit essence in the aroma has condensed into sugary caramel and an alcohol medical quality. The orangey bitterness has turned slightly sour and but remains bitter and funky. I think that I prefer the fresh one, but I had to keep one around to see what would happen…8/4/6/4/15
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: This had an interesting color. It was amber, but had hints of brown and red to it also. BIG foamy head that died down quickly. Decent lacing down the glass. Some grapefruit hop notes to the nose. Some sweetness and floral also. Really nice taste. Initial moderate hop bite with a good malt balance. A bit of roastiness comes through in the aftertaste.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
light floral grassy grapefruit aroma. copper color with a huge pillowy head. citrus, lemons, lime, grapefruit. malt is clean, present but thourghly burried like a knocked up vestal
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color, sturdy white head... very citrusy both in aroma and flavor... hops overpowered malt character... too out of balance
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Re-rate 1/4/2007
The beer is nice, a bit unique, and far less exciting than many other IPA’s out there, but it’s still a winner. It’s floral, waxy, hop character is off the charts, and it’s incredibly beautiful. A very decent beer--always enjoyable.
I’ve had several of these and...ahhh... Pours honey colored with a big, off-white, lumpy head that is fully lasting. Great lacing, lasting head...the glass is a piece of work after you finish this stuff. The liquid is full of particals, many good sized and appearance is of a dark honey that has lots of goodies in it. :o Aroma is strong and heavily floral with honey(like a good clover honey) and light citrus(oranges). Flavor is honey sweet flowers with a strong citrus bitter finish, mildly of grapefruit rind and some pine with the sweetness fully lasting to balance out the bitter: it’s amazing. The mouthfeel is a heavy, medium body with nice, lively-soft-- if I can say that--carbonation. Overall: a solid IPA, almost no syrupy character, very dry and this is GREAT stuff on a hot day.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was very dark for an IPA. Poured a dark amber almost brown with a nice white head. The taste was hoppy but not overly so, and the finish was smooth. A recommended beer for those getting into the IPA style.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours a dark amber/brown color. The smell is of fruit and hops. The taste is very full with strong malt taste balanced by lacy hops. It tastes very similar to Stone IPA.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy iced tea brown with a large rocky fluffy tan head. A nice looking beer. Largely hopped with a light malt/caramel backbone. Finishes hoppy and bitter. Full bodied. A very nice beer.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, murky copper with a light tan head that dissipated too soon. Left considerable white lace. Smelled flowery and extremely hoppy. Sharp, crisp taste of citrus and hops, with enough malts to balance it out. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, a delicious IPA.