frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasty caramel malt and citric hop aroma. Dark golden brown color with a nice head. Crisp hoppy flavor well balanced by lighlty toasty malts. Very enjoyable west coast IPA
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Skip likes hops, but this IPA goes a bit over the top. maybe the brewer was trying to challenge Stone Brewing for over-the-top brews. Nice sunset color. Next time, i will serve it with spicy chicken and rice dishes.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best lost coast has to offer. Burnt amber colour with a nice head and lacing. Aroma is big and hoppy. Flavour is bitter, citrus and floral with a long bitter finish. Good hop balance.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head on my pour overflowed, giving off a wonderful hop aroma. The head is large, stiff, and rocky leaving a Devilís Tower-like column in the middle. Guess I should have been more careful on my pour - both for the overabundance of head and the fact that thereís a ton of yeast floating about. The body is a clear mahogany with the exception of the yeast. The aroma has some subdued sweet caramel, toffee, and a bit of wheat bread. Iím suprised that I donít smell any hops in the post-pour aroma, I sure as hell did right after I poured it. The flavor features some doughy underlying sweetness, macintosh apple, grassy, piney hops. Leaves a good twinge on the tongue towards the end of the sip. Light creamy mouthfeel, thereís slight dustiness to it because of all the suspended yeast.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark reds and browns, fluffy lasting off white head. Awesome nose of pine, grapefruit, caramel, hint of fuzzy fruit and even some fresh dough. Very balanced flavors of the citric fruit combined with the sweet malted backbone. Full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy bitter dry finish. Thank you California! ;-)
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark mahagony color with a huge (4 finger) off white head. Lots of medium sized particles. Pinny and citris aromas. Piney, hoppy taste. Very good IPA.
hershiser2 (1357) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well, with this beer being so high overall, Iím surprised I didnít find it more appealing (especially since I am a huge fan of IPAs). Nice, great appearance. Dark amber with a great head. Tastes a bit coppery and only a bit hoppy. Iíve definitely had better IPAs.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Terrific beer. I really like it. Just as the commercial description says. Definitely the best IPA Iíve ever had. This is again a Terrific beer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, snifter. Large, rocky, creamy, off-white head is well lasting and leaves decent lacing. The body is a clear but dark tawny color. Bread and cereal malt (M); pine and citrus hops (H); dark grapes, dates and light red wine aromas. Aroma is fairly light overall. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a heavily bitter, lightly sweet finish. Again the flavor is somewhat shallow. Medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation, lingering bitter aftertaste. The bottom line is: smells and tastes like it was cut with water...a tad disappointing.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THANKS LOWEREDSIXTH!!! 22oz bottle. 06.06.04 Got this one in the loweredsixth Fresno deal. Deep brown, color of dark maple syrup, smallish head, lots of lace. Floaties! Aromas are fruity, some nuttiness, some clover honey. Maybe a hint of bubblegum esters to surprise me. The flavors remind of black tea, plum, and other íIPAí flavors. Nice hop bite on finish. Great balance of sweet and fresh maltiness with outstanding hop characteristics. Imagine that, a well balanced California IPA. Love it.