shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 Drank this from the bottle. Plenty of hops in the aroma and flavor. Pretty good stuff. I will have to give it another try at some point.
RERATE: Dark orange color with a big white creamy head that diminishes to delicate lacing and a creamy film. Aroma is piney and resiny. The flavor and mouth is of chewy hops. Delicious and flavorful. A beautiful IPA.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red color was surprising for an IPA, but the flavor and aroma were great. A slightly toasted aroma filled with hops. The flavor was citric but also sweeter than most IPAís.
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 (9829) - 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 (1419) - 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.