Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer after its departure form the 22-ounce brown bottle takes up residence in my glass a deep limpid mahogany color with a magnificent creamy light tan head and after its decomposing the left over lace forms a glutinous sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose is dominated by the hop floral spiciness, backed up my the sweet malt, citrus crisp and quite pleasing to both the eyes and the nose, start is sweet with a delectable grain profile, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in carbonation with the hops powerful in their spicy presence, desert dry aftertaste that lingers long after the beer is gone, a great beer from a great California brewery, and I am proud to say that it is now available here in Arizona “Woo Hoo”, thanks to the “Great People” at “Little Guy Distributing”!
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 Pours a cloudy brown with an off white head. Aroma is very citrusy at first and then hoppy second. Taste is extremely citrusy/grapefruity with a ton of hops and pine. Pretty sweet with a bitter aftertaste. Has an alcohol tinge at the end. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy. Overall, a good brew but not the best among the category.
Bov (11737) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy amber colour with a giant creamy head and a beautiful lacing, tons of hops in the nose, apricots and flowers, very oily and full-bodied, very robust bitterness, the finish is infinite with loads of herbal and apricot hoppiness - whaouuw ! this is a marvellous hop bomb ! I love it ! - thanks to Per for this one
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brilliantly clear ruby-copper color. It is topped by a creamy tan colored head that is quite thick and lucious and leaves layers of Belgian lace as I take each sip. An immediate fresh aroma of American hops wafts from my glass, I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, tangerine, and fresh pine needles. My first sip encounters a medium bodied beer that coats my mouth. The flavor is quite hoppy with an aggresive hop bit in the finish. This beer is raw with fresh hop flavor, there is a bit of astringency from the hopping levels, though it is not so much that it really detracts. The flavor is sweet up front with lots of fruity hop notes of citrus, grapefruit, and lychee that sit on top of a layer of maltiness that has notes of caramel, and a bit of toasted malt.
This beer is quite enjoyable. It seems to be missing a certain something that would take it over the top, but that is an elusive thing to put your hand on. I guess the main complaint is that, while it starts out big and aggresive, it seems to fade a bit with time. Though I must add that it remains quite tasty, and I will certainly enjoy having the rest of this bottle.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Bottle. Tasty brew. Very citrus hop aroma. Very nice. Color is cloudy orange. Head is minimal, lace is all over the glass however. Small sweetness of malt tries to stand up to the hop juice. long slow hop finish. Nice, quite good actually. A little more malt would be nice.9/3/8/3/17<P>Bottle purchased in October, consumed Nov. ’06. Medium amber colored and clear. Nice off-white head that is quite retentive and leaves great lacing. Aroma is piney and sweet, bordering on fresh cut Christmas tree. Medium bodied, just lightly syrupy. More than ample hop bitterness, no harshness. Piney and light citrus rind, great malt balance. Lingering hop bitterness and flavor. Tasty. 9/4/8/4/17.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at moylans. pretty decent stuff, expected full grapefruit aroma, plenty of sweetness, orange mango cordial and then decent bitter orange pip finish
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Didn’t find this one to be as heavy duty on the hops as I might have expected. However, it’s a fantastic beer none the less. It pours a great looking dark cloudy copper color with a small to medium sized ivory head. The nose is floral citrus hops. Creamy smooth malt flavors with an underlying sweetness. Soon to be followed by a moderate hop bite that lingers in the finish. Good stuff!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Bottled in 5-04.Nice aroma of citrus hops and raisin malt(typical of the style but this was nailed if you ask me)much cleaner tasting than say the eleven and call me crazy but, I enjoyed this a tad more than the ruination.Good resin pine hop conten( slight tease of roastiness).I could use more bitterness but all in all I really enjoyed this.All around, fresh, smooth and the deep ruby orange colo,,,r phat head and lace.Very worth trying if you love IIPA’s.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small fizzy white head with a nice lasting creamy ring. Attractively clear reddish-amber body. Dusty/fruity hops make up the aroma, along with some bubblegum and caramel. Flavor is a subdued, dry hoppiness and again with the fruity hops. Finish is distinctly grapefruit rind, but not overly "rindy" (probably some residual sweetness balancing there). Overally, very good... I like the fruity and non-overpowering hops.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Dark orange and cloudy. Small head. Floral hops and citrus aromas. Nice body, sweet with long hop finish.
Alpha King Competition 2006: Poured a clear amber color with an off-white head. Grapefruit hop foward aroma with a decent malt back. Big piney hop flavor. Very nice beer. Strong but balanced.