JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I didn't care much for the one. Pretty light in color. Not much malt in the flavor not much "pine" not much "citrus". I am going to guess that it is more of an English style IPA, but even at that its not too good. Bitterness without much flavor.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very yeasty, dry aroma, but no hops. The flavor really doesn't match or even compliment the aroma. I'm getting very strong hops bitterness and a burnt dry taste. This is just one of those beers which, while not a badly crafted beer, just doesn't come together...needs more work.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy with sediment floating throughout. It has a nice creamy head with great lace on the glass. The aroma and the flavor coincide quite well, hops ummmm. I like this beer, it is better than a lot of IPA"s that I have had.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 1st rating 12/02, 1.8 overall: Nice appearance, but it’s downhill from there. After suffering through half the bottle I was beginning to wonder if it was me just having bad day or what so I poured the rest out and opened a Stone IPA - it wasn’t me, the Stone was excellent.
Re-Rate 11/04: This bottle was actually quite good, balance and malt presence was very good, hops finish was pleasant. Only conclusion is bad bottle or batch 1st time around. I would try a sixer of this again.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2003 Re-Rate @ brewpub in Hopland, CA. Golden color with a white head. Hop character but hardly aggressive enough. A balanced IPA with a bitter finish. Bottle 6 3 6 3 15. Golden color with a white head throughout. A slightly sweet bitter hop flavor. The way I like my regular IPAs. Not exceptional but a fine all around IPA.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a stuporous golden amber color, the head massive and frothy in texture, the lace a thin sheet to cover the glass. Malt dominated nose with a light floral undertone, crisp and fresh with a lightly sweet start, the top medium in feel, the finish moderate on the carbonation and the hops persistent in their spicy bite, dry and long lasting aftertaste. I’d classify it as a middle of the road IPA, not a “Big Daddy”, but not a “Weenie Light” beer either, just plain old average. Ranks #788 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Another trainwreck from one of most consistently bad breweries in California. I have yet to taste a beer from these schmucks that merits me ever buying more than one single bottle. This IPA is sour, spritzy and thoroughly unpleasant. No hops, either. If that doesn’t signal a death knell for an IPA, I don’t know what does.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 the metallic orange color seeped into the head and a pink foamy top resulted..the aroma screamed in a hoppy shrill..Starts out weakly representing the style with cumbersome malts.. but subsided they did and from the woodwork came the hops..brilliant bitterness of fresh hops elevated the whole experience to a tad above the average indian.. Not bad..
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color. Slightly hazy. Medium head. Aroma of yeast (bananas), alcohol, slight malt, and hops. Bitter. Malty flavor. Yeasty! Medium body. This beer really reminds me of a Belgian from the yeast. I’ve heard they’ve suffered some infections lately and this might be from a funky batch, but I like it. Good combination of Belgian-style yeastiness with banana esters plus malt and hop bitterness. Damn fine!
ejmoosa (3) - USA - OCT 28, 2002 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden Color, even head. Not an overwhelming flavor. Bitter aftertaste.