ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Light yellow color with some honey amber hues. Usual floral/hops aroma, though somewhat lighter in this case. First taste seemed unbalance and even a bit sour towards the end. However upon drinking more, and the beer’s warming, a more delicate flavor came out, and the beer came together very well. Nice bitter hops taste right away, though not overly so. Medium bitterness as far as IPAs go. The more this beer warmed the more I enjoyed it. Many floral notes with a lingering bitterness on the top edge of my mouth. Beer had a very soft, medium body that almost seemd like it added a touch of honey for you to land in after experiencing the initial hops. Good even finish with a surprisingly perfect amount of carbonation for the bottle, more than I usually like, but it complimented the beer well in its transition from a bitter beer to, as the carb evened out, a nice softer, almost amber ale. I could see where people think this is just an average unremarkable IPA and to some extent it is. But it manages to appeal as a lighter IPA, which is a nice turn from the kill you with hops approach(dont get me wrong I enjoy that too). It still adds a big punch at the start and the beer is very well balanced, making it, in my opinion an above average IPA.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An alright looking beer with good white head but rather "thin looking" golden color. Nose is mostly hops, and not too strong. Flavor is also completely hops dependent. This one needs a little something more for its character to improve. An alright IPA...not great though.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden amber and slightly hazy with a large white head. Left decent lacing as the head disappeared. Nice IPA aroma, hoppy with some evident malt and a bit of sweet clover. Sweet, spicy and bitter flavor. Either a lot more malt or a lot less hops than most California IPA's. Finish is medium long with a pleasant hoppy bite and astringency. Not outstanding, overall a nice IPA that I will likely drink again. As always with the Mendocino brews, I love the bottle art.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color, thick white head. Floral (rose) nose. Somewhat bitter taste balanced by some malts.Medium quick bitter finish. One overall point added for presentation. (bottle, label, etc.)
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
good head and golden brown body. Hoppy aroma. hoopy taste but nothing amazing about this beer the palate has good carbonation. Pretty uninteresting IPA
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An ok IPA drinkable. Spicy and hoppy flavor. Finish is clean, smooth, and slightly bitter.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight sweetnees from the malts with a white pepper hop flavor. Robustly hoppy
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium malts - close to sweet. Hops are floral in the aroma, but then piney and sticky on the palate; finished with some spicy flavors (pepper, etc.?). Not bad
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2003
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
So So. Not bad not good. I was hoping for more since I am a fan of the Blue Heron. Teh hops are present bbut not overwhelming. I was expecting more of a hop profile but was disappointed. Teh malt was typically dry and non-discript. A good offering that pales in comparison to Stone 60 minute, Alpha King, Sam Smiths, etc.
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with an immense, sticky, white head of particular note. Lite cloudy orange-yellow. Blasting hop-floral nose. Spicy hopped flavors with nice orange-like tartness. Excellent!