Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hippie Alert label!Appearance is a pretty appealing cloudy amber with a decent white head at first that diminishes very fast to become a ring around the glass. Aroma is strange, weird hopping. I don't know if that's typical to Columbus character, but there was a "litter" feel in the nose, increasing as it warms. It was not totally unpleasant, just unexpected. The mouthfeel is creamy, a medium body that slips through the mouth naturally. The hop attack is honest, floral, but it didn't propose enough malt balance to top its class. An okay session beer that seems to be made without any special efforts.
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 Piney hops aroma and flavor, rich malt backbone to balance it out. Alcohol is hardly noticeable. Nothing really to complain about.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden-yellow colour with a frothy white head. Moderate hop aroma compared to what I was expecting. Resiny/piney hop flavour with some citrus sweetness in the finish. I like the fact that it is not too over-the-top (something that ruins many an Imperial IPA), but it could use a bit more complexity and aroma.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 I like what was written on the bottom of the cap, " Dont let it grow on your toe."
A golden amber color with a small white head with some lacing. A pine sap aroma, as it is sticky and does not present a bouquet effect, The dry hopping is evident but does not lend itself to flavor, which is slightly bland, as to the drying effect. Drinkable but not memorable.
SilkTork (5359) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity Cask, GBBF 2003 Lychees all over the place! They're crawling on my face, man! Hmm. Aroma is flowery, delicate and awesome. Zingy hops. Soft but full mouthfeel. Lots of interest - good balance of sweet malt and American hops. Delicate, soft and full of flavour.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this little gem with Duff at the GBBF. Wow did it smell good. I was 3-parts-cut by this stage but his beer stopped the frenzy in its tracks. Very hoppy, and very more'ish....trouble was I was drinking with Dave (legendary cellarman of the W.A.) and I was far from his equal.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting to say the least - dry hopped all to hell in the aroma, but the flavor has a lot going on, including (hoppygrrrl noted) vegetable notes ,like bitter greens. Thinnish palate, some sweet maris otter apparent but masked. Another in the Giganto bundle from the man in Kenmore Square (my old stomping grounds!).
Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big aroma, floral and hoppy. Mild bitterness, slightly astringent and lingering. Gold with some head. Some life in the body, too, with acidic edges at the margins. I was not as impressed as some of my British friends who were just happy to have an aroma this big in their beer. (gravity pour at GBBF 2003)
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an orange body topped by a medium thick to thick white head with good lacing. A sweet grapefruity hop aroma fills the nose with a slight maltiness underneath. Sweet but mostly bitter hoppy flavor with grapefruit notes and a bitter finish. Some malty notes shouw through. Not as flavorful as expected from the aroma. Medium bodied and relatively smooth with a touch of dryness.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, pine), moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread), with a note of apricot. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent. Rather typical American IPA without too much to separate it from the middle of the pack.