jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts with a very nice and strong floral hop aroma. Has a large fluffy with head that dissipates rather slowly with great lacing. Pours a nice golden hue that is slightly hazy. Hop bit is some what mellow upfront, blending nicely with the maltiness but the spicy floral bite lingers into the finish very nicely
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden-orange with a small white head. Spicy and fruity scented. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. This is bitter, but not much in the way of armoa hops. This isn't very malty either. It's just not as assertive as other IPAs as I thought it would be.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice orange color but not as hoppy as I was expecting it to be. We had to leave the bar before I was able to fully enjoy it so I don't think I can fairly comment on this beer.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(On tap Great Lost Bear - Portland,ME). Not sure what the heck was supposed to be going on with this one. Very thin body, proper orange color, no head to speak of. So chemically bitter that I had to ask if the lines were clean. I'll chalk this up to an aberration, but I am most definitely not impressed.
CamdenD (1059) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 A very nice IPA. I originally had it in a brewery-growler last spring and was impressed my the hops. This year’s version seems a bit more tame, but does have a nice mouth-feel. It’s not as overdone as most Magic Hat beer and lets the "chemistry" as they would call it do the talking, not the individual ingredients. Nice "imperial" IPA, though I would stay with the Ruination from Stone.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orangish yellow in color with a small head. Has a promising citrus aroma. Flavor is citrus lacking something maybe in the malt department. Bitter IPA type finish. Good IPA overall.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
CLear golden orange. Citric and piney nose. Small sticky whitish head. Light to medium body, yeah the hops are in there, yah its bitter, yah theres some pine needles, grapefruit, yah its great for Magic Hat, but thats about it...Not terribly impressive, although it does have a good drinkability and slight alcohol.
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: O.K. nose, shows potential. Floral & slight citrus nose. Light orange golden color. Grapefruit & pineapple flavor. Medium bitter finish that lingers. A little thin. Better than most of Magic Hat products.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 May 2003: Cloudy bright orange-amber, very little head, slight ring remains. Strong grapefruit arom with hints of cherries, lovely and enticing. Also some strange cheesiness as it warms; very interesting to be sure on the nose. Very very clean and smooth, something I used to appreciate more when I was an IPA (and hops) novice. Tasty, citrusy, certainly lets you know you’re drinking an IPA, but ultimately not in the class of the serious monsters in the field. Good burping action. 22 oz bottle. 8/3/7/4/15 3.7
March 2006, 12 oz bottle, Allagash glass, cellar temperature. Gorgeous full, fluffy white head, slow-diminishing leaving thick lace, burnished brass color...big floral nose, dogwood and lilac beautifying the typical citric & sprucy character....big hop attack in the body, but fruity sweetness is there at the same time soothing the throat as the acidic hops terrorize it....a bit too dry and woody at the end for absolute wonderment, but this is a very solid, perhaps top-notch effort, a hophead’s delight and one of this brewer’s best at the moment.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewpub. Pours amber, with a nice sized white head, mostly diminished to leave good lace on the glass. Aroma is pretty much all hops - floral, citrus, and grassy. Flavor follows, with a strong citrus punch that has a lot of pineapple in it. Body is medium, flavors long and lingering. A great IPA.