IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another delicious hop bomb from Belle! An Amber color with a small off-white head. Nice hop aroma but not as potent as the others Iíve had over the past week. So these are the Columbus hops, a bit of a tart earthy scent as well. Crisp hop front followed by a buttery sweet middle. A bitter follow with some tartness. Not the brutal bitter hop assult but still potent. This is bit thin bodied but an easy, therefore dangerous, beer to drink. Iíd better have a Belgian soon or I might get addicted to these IPAís! Needed to add that the lacing is very impressive, like growth rings on a tree and as I sadly reach the bottom of the 22 oz bottle, this gains a point in the "Overall" column, not just for the lacing but it has been an enjoyable brew down to the last drop, 16 to 17.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at the GA gathering. A dark golden color. A very lemoney presence and a good deal of hops. It lacked complexity and was slightly sour. Nothing special really
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím digginí this one. Probably my favorite Magic Hat beer thus far. Nice hop aroma and flavor, smooth but a little thin. A good IPA... not on the top level but definitely better than average.
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a medium to darker, hazy orange/amber color with an avearged sized white head. Hoppy aromas and tastes of grapefruit, pine and oranges. Not too bitter. Watery body. A little thin as weak for a top quality IPA (although it wasnít bad).
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright peach/apricot color, under a nice, bubbling whitish head.
Aroma: ooo,babba, booba!!! Fresh, super-fat hops, piney, citric, herbal, really nice, and though certainly not the hoppiest thing ever to reach my nose, it has itís own unique, highly appreciable personality.
Taste: juicy, fruity, awash in all manner of the above-mentioned, tangerine, melon, mango, and more than I can think of right now, very sharp, tangy and tasty...candyish at times, jolly-ranger-esque, tasty-sweet and only a tiny touch bitter...I was gonna say, until it persisted for a bit on the finish (then, I actually said it anyway), but actually I like that in an IPA, so itís working.
Medium bodied, terrifically textured, soft, warm, smooth, harsh, many several things all jumping and jiving around the tongue and through the mouth and echoing in the mind...juicy, sour, citric, ...yum, quite a nice little take on the IPA.
I like it...it likes me...weíre a hap-py fam-i-ly...
See what the HiPA does to me? I feel like Iím so stoned Iím watching "Barney & Friends" over cold delivery pizza for breakfast.
rajendra82 (972) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This 22 oz. bomber was received, courtesy of beeradvocate mikeys01. Popping the cap revealed that ďThe Answer is Inside YouĒ. The body of the beer was pale golden in color with slight haziness. The head formed to an inch thick pretty well, but receded rapidly to a thin line of bubbles that left spotty lace. The aroma of the beer was very subdued, with mildly floral and grassy hops, and Ringwood yeast funkiness. The taste was dominated by a salty and buttery profile that was backed by caramel malt and lacked a substantial hop bitterness bite. The mouthfeel was medium to thin and slightly grating. All in all a middling IPA that is easy to drink, but lacks a lot of flavor.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet citrus nose. Fresh hops, a little alcohol, lightly butterscotch. Surprisingly fresh hop flavor - what variety is this? A little tingly. Nice malt/caramel tones. Finish is a bit too bitter.
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly turbid dark straw with a medium, creamy white head, some floaties, and moderate lace. Aroma of hops, malt, fruit, pine, spice. Tastes hoppy, with some malt, fruit, and spice hints. Palate is medium, with a slightly dry finish. Not quite as balanced as I crave with IPAs, but very good nonetheless.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very bitter IPA that is thrown out of balance because of it. Good for about a 6-8 oz try, but hard to go for more.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Raise the freak flag a little higher, Iím enjoying this IPA. A very nice session IPA with a lot of wheaty tasting malts. Fairly well-balanced but somewhat astringent.