ElGaucho (2120) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The nose definitely has a hop presence but is well balanced. Clear, dark amber body. No visible carbonation. Creamy lace and head. Nice mouthfeel. Hops are clearly there, as is the malt. Well balanced as the nose predicted. Strongish with a bite. Some flaws but not glaring.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright clear copper in color with a creamy tan head. Nice hop profile greets the nose along with some honey and ginger. Upfront pine and grass flavor characteristics. Dry and encompassing on the palate. Thins out slightly in the finish but this one can stand on its own.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ya know what... I really liked this one. Copper with white head and good lacing. Nose is hoppy and the taste is just about the same with some good malt character to it. Imagine a good IIPA but tone everything down about 50 fold and that is what this is. There is a good balance and is very drinkable.
PorterPounder (4955) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub/restaurant in the Wisconsin Dells. Medium copper pour with a good sized off-white head and sticky lacing. Floral aroma, grapefruity citrussy and spruce hoppiness with a bit of a underlying nuttiness. Decnelty thick mouthfeel. Overall, a very good brewpub IPA.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold color with a thin head. Spicy hop aroma. The taste is not as punch-in-the-face as the aroma suggested it might be. Semi-syrupy hop taste. Spicy and floral.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gold Coloring with White Head. Fruity, Dry Hop Aroma. Sweet and Dry Hops...Not Overwhelming at All...Quite Subtle Hop Notes.. Very Drinkable...Even if Hops Aren’t Your Thing.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a thick cream head. Pine and citrus aroma. English malts are evident. Dry with a good malt backbone. The flavor of this beer changes from season to season as they use locally grown fresh hops.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the brewpub. Lightly cloudy dark amber, pungent but sweetly orangy and hoppy...rather thin and watery, but some good smokiness and solid citrusy hops hold through.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a taller dark cream head. Pine and citrus aroma, Awesome with the pizza aroma in the backgound. Woody flavors with a somewhat english malt flavor. Dry and malty. A bit unbalanced.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This had a nice looking amber color. It was slightly hoppy, but not by much, and had nothing to back it up. While I didn't ask, I was there in the listed season for the local hops.