Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great IPA, very hoppy with good balance of bitterness and sweetness, pours an orange copper color, good thick foemywhite head and thick lacing.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@Lost coast. Typical USIPA, very hoppy (lychee, pine, grapefruit), sweetish to start, then quite bitter towards the end. Pretty decent IPA, lots of body.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 This is a pretty decent little IPA. I was surprised at the kick it has. Its got a very full feel to it, almost a cross between IPA and a barley wine or something. Not bad at all. I recently had this on tap and it was really good. Very fresh, crisp, and hoppy.
rajendra82 (976) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting label art shows a smashed Ganesh using one of his four arms and his trunk to enjoy two Indica Pale Ales at the same time. The beer poured out into my goblet made me look twice. This beer is significantly darker than any other IPA I remember drinking, The color is deep red bordering on brown, with a very clouded body that does not let light pass through it. The head was tall, and stuck outside the mouth of the goblet. The looks are more similar to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than an IPA. The aroma is very mild for the style with the predominant smell being roasted malts and alcohol. The taste is balanced with the hops being floral, piney, and citric. The sweet malts provide more than enough counterbalance with taste of plums, caramel, and chocolate. The taste is not bad, but is too sweet for the style. The mouthfeel is sticky, and juicy, with the fine natural carbonation adding creaminess. This beer is a nice departure from over the top, one dimensional hop bombs, but it strays too far from the roots of the style. Think of it as a hybrid IPA/ESB. Thanks 123456green for the sample.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep cloudy amber appearance with lasting head; nice lacing on sides of glass throughout. Tons of grapefruit and orange rind in the nose with some noted pine and maltiness lingering also. Very smooth palate due to the restrained carbonation. Crisp and citrusy flavor with a very long hoppy/minerally bitter finish. An extremely clean and upfront IPA. My first sniff and sip very much reminded me of ol’ Ballantine IPA from many decades ago (or am I only dreaming)? Anyway, I’ll be back for more of this!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper body with beige head. The expected grapefruit essence to the nose. Mouthfeel was oily and medium to full bodied. Grapefruit notes in the flavor. Robust. Bitter. Very good.
screigh (510) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strangest IPA ever! I read once people that submit to the Gret American Beer Festival sometime loose because they think their beer is one thing but should have been in another category...anyway. Poured a dirty copper color with tons of large "floaters". Sweet malty aroma. Now here is what is weird...it tastes exactlt like Killian’s to me with a hoppy IPA aftertaste. Nice head with some good lacing. Sweet malty flavor finishing with hops. Might have liked it more without the IPA label on the bottle. I was expecting something else.
calivania (62) - USA - MAY 18, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was overwhelmed by malt. Color was darker brown than most IPA. The hops, full and piney, tend to crowd the leathery malt taste; unbalanced, they call it. Finish is strong and oh so very bitter. A good beer, but one that has been praised a bit too much on this site.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Pours a dark amber with lots of suspended particles and a large, rocky off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and grapefruity. Taste has strong notes of hops, grapefruit/citrus and pine; very resiny. Some caramel in there too. Good malty sweetness to back up the high alpha hops. Leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. Very full and creamy on the palate with medium carbonation. Lacing hangs all thoughout the glass in sheets, great head retention. Highly recommended.
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Appearance was a small sized creamy and smooth ivory head and fine-large sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. Softly carbonated, hazy and a orange-brown hue. The aroma was malty and hoppy with a bitter and hoppy taste. The mouthfeel was too tingly and hoppy for my taste. The lacing was average.