belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malty hop aroma. Good balance in the body. Finishes a little to the dry side. A very drinkable IPA.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice rich hoppy taste. rerate: tried it again after having a few more IPAs under my belt. It has a chewieness that is reminiscent of Samuel Smiths, but it isnt nearly as smooth.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite good though not as big as I expected. A very smooth nicely balanced beer. Sweet and spicy upfront, resiny in the middle, and a fresh hoppy, lingering finish, though not overly bitter.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer rocks. Although they are usually vague, mysterious and really just plain annoying, MAGIC HAT’S commercial description pretty much hits the nail on the head for this beer. HopHeads...try it, you’ll like it.
urbanight23 (10) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
this is the worst beer i have ever had in my life. Malt liquor tastes better than this. i almost vomited during a beer pong game trying to choke this stuff down.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2002
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2003 Has a nice amber color and a hop smell. Taste is of hops and finishes way too bitter for me. Overall it was really not that good. Maybe I got a bad batch...
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 musty oaky black pepper and hops on the nose. Copper color witha agood sized pillowy head. Not very hoppy but with a musty strong oaky finish, very distinctive yeast
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lusty hops with a dash of salt…Falling leaves and malty earth…Thirst-quenching…
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 4, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lacked intense flavor and aroma I look for in an IPA - especially with cascades. Body was also a little weak. Seemed overfiltered. Overall, an OK beer and would like to try it on draft closer to the brewery!
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First rated 6/20/01. Sweetier, fruitier flavor than most IPAs. Yes, as one reviewer notes, could be considered closer to an ESB in style. Flavor is orangey-spicy; big hop finish won’t disappoint fans of the style. With #9 and Heart of Darkness as the best I’ve had from this brewer. 6/26/02 Another one I have to drop a bit. Still like it, but it seems rather thinnish and a bit watery to me now. Not the fullest of IPAs, and the fruitiness doesn’t seem as pronounced. Fairly hoppy, though.