ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle...deep amber pour with medium tan head. Malty hoppy aroma, reminds me of Murphy’s Oil Soap. Very pleasant aroma, I could smell this all day. Very light pine flavor, mostly grapefruit bitterness in the start. Middle sweetens, almost sugary. Light grapefruit bitterness lingers balanced by a slight maltiness to finish. This is very good.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 22oz bottle. Fizzy and lasting off-white head, dark ruby body with flaky yeasties roaming around in there. Very nice sweet hoppy aroma. I’d have to say a caramelly pine with grapefruit. Soapy tasting dry hops with some light caramel sweetness in the background. The seemingly soapy taste helps tone down the hops, plus some hidden sourness in there. Very smooth and rounded beer. Thanks to MuzzleHatch for the gift!
Re-Rate 8/25/05 - Grassy hops noticable; raised flavor to 8.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little like the King IPA from Pontiac I had recently - very malty with a huge grapefruit presence, well-blended, this beer has a long astringent, delicious, citrus finish. Another great McNeill’s provided by the incomparable MuzHat.
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 2004 bottle compliments of bucknaked. Good deep amber orange red pour. Quite colorful but has very little white head. Aroma has tons of chewy caramel, lots of citric hops (grapefruit, oranges) Very fresh and juicy. Flavor has lots of bitter hops right away, good citric enjoyment. But then it gets nice and caramelly. Certainly it has established itself as a good American IPA (borderline double). The flavor is great and bursting with freshness, but the showcase, yet again, the smooth, perfect natural carbonation, and the wonderful balance (a bit on the sweet side this time, though). Great beer.
Rerate. I can't say anything different about the wonderful palate, but the flavor really bothers me. It is dry, then sweet, then dry and all the time not very strong. The body is held together very loosley and I keep expecting a climax of flavor but it never really comes, the flavor just sort of hangs in the background and I just finish the beer wondering, "hmm, where did all that beer go?"
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Copper/amber/ruby with a nice large tan head. Smells of caramel malt, citrus, fruit, hops. Flavor is initially intense bitterness from the hops, but also with some fruit (cherries, citrus, grapefruit), with some caramel and butter. I saw this was one of McNeill’s highest rated beers, but I like their summer bitter that I tried earlier tonight better. Once again a classic example of a balanced beer.
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper/amber with a medium, beige head and tons of little floating bunnies. Yes. Floating bunnies. Aroma is malty and hoppy with caramel and cherries. Flavor is a little malty up front with a little sourness (old bottle? I just bought it today), some caramel and butteriness, and lots and lots of hops. The hop flavor is very powerful and overwhelms most of the other stuff. Reasonably thick and lasts in the mouth for an above-average time. Very good IPA, but I won’t be buying more of this soon.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours red with not much of a head. Powerfull aroma of hops and something sweet, maybe caramel. Powerfull, intense, amazing flavor and bitterness of hops followed with a nice ,sweet flavor. This beer is a definte must for any hophead, especially on tap at the pub.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange hop nose. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Burnished copper with light tan, pillowy head. Some floaties. Decent lace. Strongly botter with plenty of American hop (pine, citrus) flavour. It rather overwhelms any malt character. Bitterness is long and lasting. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Love the low tech label. Bottle. Thanks muzzlehatch.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really should rate this beer higher cause it reminds me of an old homebrew recipe I use to make, only mine really was better. Ah yes, caramel malt, roastd barley, and a touch of chocolate and black patent. Hopped with the four "c"’s. Deep copper color, not quite amber. There was not really any head but I swear I could see hop oils on the surface. There should have been a good malt flavor but the amount of hops overwhelmed any malt character. Citric and fruity was really all I got. Other than that there was a nice balance with the bitterness. Lingering hops in the finish.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with very little head clear ruby red color that does not show many co-2 bubbles. Great cascade gragefruit type hop aromas with some caramel malt in the backgound. Flavor is a full hop with bitterness and smoe caramel malt to help balance the hop bitterness. The beer leans more towards the hop bitterness than the caramel malt. My only complaint is that the beer was almost flat. This beer was bottle conditioned but it wasn't left go long enough or not enough primer was added to the bottle. The flavor is great and I can overlook the semi flat beer.