Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice malty IPA. Bready sweet malt nicely balanced by the floral and aggresive hop. A little dark for the style, but a super beer nonetheless.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Softly off-white, then head. Dark amber color with orange notes. Flory, spicy hop aroma. Medium body. Malt syrupyness in initial flavor with an immediate counterpoint of hoppiness. More spicy and floral than citrusy or resinous. Somewhat on the malty side for a medium body IPA, which seems to prevent a truly quenching bitterness
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium, almond-coloured foamy head with a cloudy, highly-carbonated, orange body. Nose of oranges and grapefruit. The cramy flavour of bitter hops rides the tongue like a rolling hill, pine cone nipping the trail. The finish is a milky malt transition that is truly understated.
thegreenrooster (3977) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a very cloudy orange with a big white head. Aroma is slightly weak but there are hops present. Flavor is a very dry hop with a nice malt backbone. Probably more malts than your usual IPA but it makes this very interisting. Deffinatly worth a try.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 This beer pours a dark, unfiltered amber. The head is creamy and offwhite - it isnít swampy or chemical. The nose is rather floral and hoppy. The alcohol is hidden in the nose. The unfiltered mouthfeel is pristine, full, and smooth. The hops are well defined and citrus/strawberry. The finish is very dry and bitter, but it is also very complex. Thereís just a hint of a malty sweetness. Iím actually surprised - this is a great beer.
Reid (2301) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought in a 22 oz bomber.
This is quite an attractive beer to look at,though far from what is expected from an American IPA, its a very hazy,even murky ,dark amber with a nice tan head, that recedes fast leaving nice thick splotchy lace.
The aroma seems on the subdued side for a West Coast IPA, but the trade mark spicy/citric hops are there..they seem balanced by caramel scented hops.
This beer has a delightful taste, it has all the spice and "grapefruit" flavours of your favourite IPA but its much smoother that most American versions, nice thick malt laden backbone to the flavour ,rounds and smooths over the hops ,but not to the extent we see in English IPAs.
Very nice on the tongue..zingy yet smooth.
Exceptionally drinkable ale..I am sorry i only bought one bomber!
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful hoppy bouquet; sweet fruit of the hop. Dark amber, muddy. Off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Whispy cream. Beautiful lace.Excellent sweet, rich, hoppy flavor. I can see how Indica has garnered a 95.1 style percentile. I have tasted this brew before. Not this exact beer, but a beer that tastes virtually identical to this. I just canít put my finger on it, although I am almost certain it was a West Coast IPA, and perhaps a Winter varietal (an older vintage of Deschutes Jubelale?). Anyway, imminently familiar. Itís probably just the hop varieties I am recollecting. The hops are a little too perfumy for my taste, but I still really like this brew. As I figured, improves as it warms. No flaws. Thanks matta for sending me this brew.
stringtheory (4) - woodinville, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
off white headed diminishes fairly quick, full-bodied hearty amber color. Hops, honey, flowers and something I canít pinpoint. Goes extremely well with turkey!
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally rating this beer. Body is amber, with a thin off white head. Hops and honey fill the aroma. Nice bittering hops, smooth, just mainly a hoppy good IPA.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark orange color, off white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is piney and flowery. Tastes hoppy with a good malt backing. A decent IPA.