matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, this beer’s appearance is truly something to marvel at; A crisp clear copper body and a mound of thick rocky cotton head, wonderful. The aroma is of grapefruits and tangerine. The flavor is packed with notes of pine and spruce, heavy on the lemon zest but rather astringent.
Mendocino is our newest West Coast brewer introduced to Florida, I have been fairly impressed with the quality of the beers, especially the high abv % of them all.
Overall a pretty enjoyable IPA!
Ernest (6163) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread),
lightly yeasty (dough),
moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
jerohen (1979) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden coloured, ok head. More sweet than hoppy. Bitter finish. I'm really into IPA's these days, this however is not a very good example.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange/amber with a small yellowish head. Strong lace on the glass. A sweet citrus aroma, not real strong. The flavor starts sweet, nice malt with a moderate citrus bitterness. The hops are not overpowering as most IPAs but good flavor. A little weaker than most IPAs but not bad. This will not satisfy heavy hop heads but a good middle of the road beer.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2008 Amber-orange with a thin head, but nice lace. Quite a few floaties and small chunks swirling about. Nose was fruity and somewhat alcoholic. Light malt flavors, kind of smothered by thinnish alcohol notes. Hops were light, floral, somewhat citrusy and slightly bitter. Overall, not bad, but too vodka-ish, with questionable fusel notes. Some off vitamin-like flavors as well.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light, cloudy amber with a small head and a decent lace.
Smells like a really floral IPA, but more floral than hoppy, if that makes sense.
Flavor is rather subdued, IMO, for an IPA, but it's quite good. Very malty to complement the floral hops. Not very bitter. There's some biscut in there.
Mouthfeel is average with a hint of citrus aftertaste. Overall I really liked this, but if you're looking for a hop-fix, this isn't the IPA you seek.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very light orange with some haziness. Smallish tan head. Smells floral and citrus. Taste is pretty malty for an IPA. Not really what I expected from this style. Hops are there but subdued (or maybe overpowered) by the malt. Mouthfeel a little too thin.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a clear pale ale with a pretty thick white head. watery flavor with a little bitterness..kind of like a cheap hooker
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazed light orange body with medium creamy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, light citric, . Taste is more pronounced citric (gfruit), medium sweet, but also some biscuit. Finish is floral/grapefruit, mildly bitter. Medium body. Pleasant IPA -- not a hop monster, sort of a cross between an American and English IPA.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oh no an IPA! I just love IPA's! NOT!! This one poured a small sized ivory and creamy head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles. It had a cloudy and carbonated body with a pale yellow hue. The nose was hoppy, fruity and sweet with a bitter, sweet and hoppy flavor from start to finish that left an aftertaste. The mouthfeel was tingly and medium bodied.