Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey amber hue. Fruity grapefruit nose, with some pine needles. Thick rocky head, leaving sheets of lace. Light malt frame, medium bodied, nice carbonation, with a sharp crisp dry finish. Great bitterness, nicely balanced. A very nice brew. McNeils friggin rocks.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep clear copper in color, the head is minimal and beige, the lace in sheets. Nose is lightly floral, malt, front is malt sweet. Top is light, the finish is nicely hopped, somewhat dry and light to moderate carbonation. More an ’English’ IPA, than the over the top hopped American IPA’s, but then I like both ’Sub-Styles’. Ranks #719 on my top 1000 beer master list.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rich, unfiltered cider color with a mildly cider-y aroma, if you can detect anything at all (and I won’t guarantee the color didn’t affect my sense of smell . . .). You don’t really smell the hops, at all. There’s an alcohol flavor with some maltiness there, but not much else detectable in the flavor. The palate is somewhat sour.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity, sweet aroma, coffeyish, nice bitterness, not bad aftertaste.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somehow the sum is less than the parts. Sweet, totally unpasteurized, Englishy, not overpowering. Nice. 1st beer of the weekend sessions.
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very sedimented, tan; quite bitter, with a pithy, dry finish. Limited aromatics.
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2003 (10/21/03 -- bottle) Small beige head atop a murky chestnut body filled with floaties. Aroma is medium intensity pine and grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit and floral throughout, with some caramel backing, pretty tasty mix. Medium chewy body. (RBSG2002) Orange brown unfiltered color, minimal head. Bang of a citrus hop aroma reaches out. Taste is hoppy tinged with light alcohol. Sweet but from the hops, not the malt. Big body that goes down nice and hoppy bitter. (8/4/7/4/15)
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong citrus, floral nose, deep peach colour, smallish head. Citrus flavour, good bitterness. Quite nice!
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, mild IPA. Very floral, and citrus notes, which carries over onto the palate. Slight dry finish. Very pleasant, refreshing IPA