hershiser2 (1451) - 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.
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 (982) - 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 olí Ballantine IPA from many decades ago (or am I only dreaming)? Anyway, Iíll 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.