hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, deep golden brew with a white, large, rocky head. Mostly lasting with spunky lacework.
The nose contains honey, evergreen, black pepper, whole grain rice and hearty white bread. Warmly bitter from start to finish. Numbing and pleasant experience.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2003 Decent IPA.Aroma is nicely balanced between hops and malts(nice english/american styleIntense brew .Pours out a solid golden w/ a weak head/stellar lace.The flavor is bitter hops w/nice malt/yeast blend.Dryish finish.It is very english but the hops are bitter in the wrong way at times.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, light copper body with a wjite head. Some lacing.
A not too overpowering hop aroma. A little sweetness.
Nicely bittered, strong malt character. Nice lingering bitterness that reveals some alcohol.
Smooth, full-bodied and drinkable.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
hoppy and i bit soapy to the nose. brilliant golden orange body with a nice layer of foam. lacing noted. lots of hops to taste and some bits of floral are also noted. bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasing copper color with some gold notes to it. Pours with a quickly disappearing head. Smells sharply hoppy, that has a slight floral and a bit of grassy notes to it. Very smooth tasting, finishes with a strong fruitiness that comes from a solid hop flavor, then one takes note of the solid bitterness. Very malty up front, which then succumbs to a great hop flavor and bitterness. A very well balanced beer. The hop definitely dominates this brew, as it should in an IPA, but there is a solid maltiness which brings this beer to another level.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hops with a earthy and smoke flavor define this brew. Not a bad tasting IPA but not worth going out of your way to get.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 (Brewed in Saratoga Springs NY) Nice hoppy nose that is full of citrus fruit and pine. The beer is relatively light in color. The body is full and malty with a wealth of hop bitterness and malt. Although, the beer leans far towards hoppy there is enough malt to keep the hops from taking over this beer. The beer is hopped with cascades and fuggles, but in the end, the cascade hop wins out, which is to my liking. This is a very gratifying strongish (7% ABV) IPA that seems to be a hybrid of many takes on the style.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting. This was my first after a minor beer hiatus so my judgment might be off. I didn't notice this lacking a malt backbone as some have complained. Nice citrusy hop bite, seemed mellower than some. Not a bad thing for me, though. Nice amber appearance.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An odd IPA. Seems like they are shooting for a British style IPA but it is not quite that. Frothy off-white head with excellent lacing. Clear sparkling Amber color. Very nice to look at. Very mild aroma for the style. Somewhat of an earthy pine-forest aroma. Pretty malty with good hop flavors, but malt stands out, again odd for the style. Big creamy body with lively carbonation. Hop bitterness comes to the fore in the aftertaste. A pleasant enough beer just not really an IPA.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden-amber color, has a huge frothy white head that leaves a nice lacing, pine and citrus nose, average citrus flavors, some what thin with a sticky mouthfeel it is a bit unbalanced it is lacking something maybe a little bland, much better IPAs out there to drink, this is very average for the style.