SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Hazy amber color with creamy off-white head that lingered well and left nice lacing. Malty, ciney, citrus aroma with perfume notes as well. Truly a hop nectar, surprisingly mile upfront, sweet, smooth and creamy with a bihg hop rush of pine, citrus and an amazing grapefruit finish. Creamy and full body. Over all a nice ale, though not as satisfying as others of the IIPA style due to milder maltiness.
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Billiant golden. Lightly reedy cascade hop aroma. Bitter, a bit thin with some metallic notes. Finishes quite dry and long bitter aftertaste.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden in color with no head,cloudy.Large aroma of citrus,oranges especially.Mildly bitter,good hop character,finishes dry.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2004 I bought this thinking it was an imperial IPA, oops! Yellow and clear color. Aroma is of hops mixed with alcohol. Just noticed this is 7.5%. Hoppiness is good, but there is serious metallic notes creeping up into this, was it stored upside down or something? ReRate GABF 2004 draft: Still that great hoppy flavor and aroma, but no bad metallic taste!
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the brewpub. Well-hopped IPA-style beer. Very good on cask. Also had on tap, which was good but not as good. Good hop flavor, citrusy, with a fair amount of malt to back it up. Overall, on cask this is a beer I really enjoyed but on tap it's nothing spectacular. Still, worth trying.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly good pale ale. Not much of an aroma, what little I could whiff was somewhat piney. Piney bitter flavor with a similiar finish. Good beer, but not "Imperial".
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the coolest places in Seattle. A nice golden hue in appearance with an aroma that is like fresh picked flowers, and get ready to be overpowered by hops. A must try for everyone that visits Seattle.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Also a vivid yellow color like the pils. The aroma was disappointing, kind of stale IMO. The head was fabulous...never quit throughout the duration of this beers poured life. The taste kicked the aromas ass! Crisp cascades led the way to a slughtly nutty finish.
rich42 (128) - USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 very solid beer all around. solid bitterness, nice solid malt body. definitely an Imperial Pale Ale as opposed to India Pale Ale in that it's stronger and thicker. well balanced - the hops have kick - but they won't make you pucker-up all that much. nice spiciness with a little bit of citrusiness. should be enjoyed by strong ale fans and hopheads a like.
UPDATE: this review was from a sampling on tap, tried in the bottle - not nearly as good - was strictly decent. similar experience with hale's ales (they're about 3 blocks away from maritime)
Crit (3420) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Cask at brewery
Cloudy amber,lasting beige head.Light citrus hop/sweet malt nose.Big tart grapefruit profile,soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Good balancing malt in back