wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was nice. I found it on tap yesterday in Philly. The look of it was really terrific. The taste was rather sweet for an IPA, but I liked that. It was not overly bitter. Very good.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 (12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Wonderfully flavorful IPA that features a big hoppy bitterness but a stellar, bold, malty flavor that stands toe to toe with the hops without flinching. A solid tea flavor and fruity sweetness nicely balance the bitterness. An earthy and gentle roastiness is very aromatic and is the dominant aroma in the nose. Nice, balanced mouthfeel with plenty of body and a roasty, but fairly crisp finish. Dark amber color is bordering on a light brown. Medium sized fluffy sediment is suspended in the beer and reminds me of Chemistry class experiments. Pours a full inch of rocky, off-white head that shows excellent retention and leaves a dense, full curtain of lace on the entire glass. Across the board, this is one damn fine brew!
Lubiere (12371) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red orange ale with a thicj orangey head. Resinous hops and citrus in aroma, very classic and floral. Smooth and generous hops well balanced by malts. Body is thinner still a good IPA.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In Nevada, second only to Stone Brewery’s IPAs and bang for the buck. I’m not usually a fan of IPAs, but this is one of the better balanced ones that I have had. Still leaves a long lasting hops taste in your mouth. The higher ABV can sneak up on you.. its strong.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Dark hazy golden body, shy white head. Looks hazy and unfiltered like a homebrew. Muted aroma of hops. Initial flavour is of green hop pellets, very resiny. Finish is of resin and a touch of underlying caramel malt. Humuliny hoppy residue lines on the palate. Pleasant, medium to full bodied mouth feel. Muted aroma and lack of more dominant citrus in the flavour makes me question the age of the bottle a bit after reading some other ratings. Shared with Rudolf in Buffalo.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweetish off-citrus malt nose. Caramel malts, bitter citrus & floral hops. Some alcohol in the nose. Sweet roasted caramel finish.
YogiBeera (2558) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yummie - I loved this one. Dark amber meat color. Hoppy a gogo - piney and, pockering on the roof of your mouth. Dry finish.Huge pine and grape nose. Complex and great.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral, perfume-like, orange-grapefruit, pine hop nose. Orange-brown with nice cover of off-white head. Intense yet smooth bitterness balances with malts that support without stealing the show. Medium body and smooth in the mouth with mild, fine effervescence. Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a burnt orange with a slight head. Smells good but is way to bitter for my likings. Not something Ill ever try again but then again I dont like IPAs.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely, deep orange hue, blessed with a flush and creamy off-white head, big & lumpy, slow to settle, never-dying.
Nose is fruity, with orange, mango, apricot, a hint of grapefruit and traces of pine predominant
Big bitterness on first taste, but lip-smackingly, palate-drenchingly delightful, totally tasty, it urges another sip, which turns into a gulp. Fresh, tingly hop flavor pervades the mouth & every meeting with lips and cup sets this method in motion again: brash bitterness, juicy fruit flavor, repeat.
Bold flavor, bold hop attack, repeat. My kind of IPA.
Full bodied, long, fruity/ hoppy finish. good stuff, and I’m happy to be reintroduced to it.