DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vinous, sweet, fruity aroma. Similar to a barleywine actually. Almost sugary and candylike aromas. Amber/reddish copper color with a huge frothy light tan head. A pretty beer, although it does not look like an IPA. Very bitter to start, and it stays quite bitter and extremely dry. There are nots of some roasted malts with chocolate hints in the middle. I am not a fan of beers that are this dry.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Redish amber color and makes an excessive ammount of head. Aroma is a blend of citrus fruity cascade hops and a bit of malt. Flavor is bitter but not overly complex, light grapefruit esters in the finish, fairly well balanced. Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. Not bad, but nothing special either.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an ok IPA that has a really wonderful aroma to it. But i was disappointed with the attack and the linger on the beer. Didn’t taste near as nice as it smelled. I think this is overrates in my opinion. Not even close to the top shelf IPA’s.
BelgianXXX (6) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2004 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma has a hoppy bite to it. has a rich-copperish, amber-red color. the flavor fits the aroma a nice hoppy bite. left my mouth feeling like i had been sucking on spruce needles. then i saw the label and my mouth started to taste kind of fishy.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Good hoppy drink. Like the reddish tone of the body, the bitter hop aroma, the bitter hoppy taste. I’d buy it if offered in the Chicago area.
<font size=-4><a href=http://www.clubsofamerica.com/beerofthemonthc of the Month Club<font size=-1>
PorterPounder (7216) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a bomber at the brewery in Anchorage. Pours a sparkling dark orange with creamy off-white head with decent lacing. Cascades and Centennial hops make their presence known in the sprucey, hoppy floral aroma. Nice citrusy hoppy bite with a mild nutty back end. Not too overdone. Finishes sweet and solid but the mouthfeel is just a tad on the stinging side. However, very good effort from this Anchorage micro.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 (22 oz bottle; 12 oz bottle; Draft: Midnight Sun Brewing Co. in Anchorage, AK) Fairly strong hoppiness and moderately bitter with some orange citrus, but what makes this IPA good is that it has a solid, lightly sweet malt backbone, though the hops does remain somewhat dominant here. It has a mild sourness (in all 3 tastings) and a lingering hops bitterness that outlasts the malt in the finish. Medium to full bodied with a solid mouthfeel, and high carbonation levels that expand inside the mouth on each sip. Very hoppy, though soapy nose, but with a fair amount of maltiness for nice balance. Quite cloudy and orange amber in color. Pouring out of this bomber, I get a full glass of head and nothing else, but when I sample out of the 12 oz bottle on a later date, careful pouring allows me to empty the bottle’s contents in a single pour. The off-white head has excellent retention, maintaining a dense, thick layer, and sticks to the glass nicely, leaving large patches of lacing.
DocLock (9832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
3.7 is WAY too low for this one. Thanks to BrooklynBoy for this. Pours dark copper with abig, creamy, off-white head and great lacing. Aroma of malt, hops, fruit, GIGANTIC strawberries (I’ve never smelled a beer that had as big a strawberry aroma). Tastes malty, hoppy, fruity, with a finishing blast of strawberry, florals, fruit, hops, malt, and caramel. Medium mouthfeel, and unrivaled complexity. This is part red ale, part IPA, and part fruit beer....with all parts being equally extraordinary.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6615) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 This beer came as part of my beer of the month club. Luckily I am rather fond of pale ales. Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this intriguing brew poured a dark red-brown color. The head was enormous. I tiled the glass to be sure not to make a large one. 1/3 of the glass ended up being beer before I had to stop due to the volcanic eruption of head off of this beer. Thick and creamy the head rose a mountainous 2 inches higher than the edge of the glass and sat there for a good 15 minutes before subsiding enough for me to actually try a taste of the fine elixir beneath. Huge amounts of lacing clung viniously to the sides of the glass as i proceeded to quaff the brew. The aroma was strong and enticed me as I waited for the head to clear. Definite notes of grapefruit and a mild malty undertone drove the scent. Very pleasant odor. The flavor was strong with grapefruit and flowery hops. There was a slight toasted maltiness to the finish. A dry beer which surprised me given the color. Overall a really nice IPA. My only complaint is that the beer was really overcarbonated. While I did not mind so much in the head, the carbonation lingered and interfered with the palate a bit too much for my taste.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic hoppy and citrusy aroma from this beer -- very much in your face. The amazing thing is, it remains complex, picking up citrus, berry, hops, and even a bit of alcohol on the nose. Wow. Hope it tastes as good as it smells! The look is a hazy brown, dark, with sediment falling. Beautiful. The taste is very nice; long hoppy aftertaste without too too much bite. Leaves a nice coat on your palate. Very impressive IPA, better than the hop devil for a "darker" IPA.