argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper body, with big-ass creamy head. Strong grapefruit & pine hoppy aroma, medium sweetness. Flavor is definitely hoppy (as if there could be any doubt) -- grapefruit, pine, and even some floral. Good maltiness backing it up, along with medium sweetness. Alcohol also present, though not to the beer's detriment. Finishes with strong bitterness and hint of alcohol. Yes it's just another of those insanely big California beers, but why is that a bad thing?
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice sweet aroma of hops and malt. Citrus flavor throughout, almost that of Cascade overload. Finishes a little ot the dry side. Overall quite enjoyable.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper pour with a nice head that stays throughout. Nose and flavor are pure citrusy resin covered hops. Slight grapefruit tendency.Good but I like Yulesmith and White Knuckle better.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hello Mr Moylander...so nice to hop you...i mean meet you!!! Good citrusy hops mixed in with a sweet malty base made up the aroma on this one..a bit subdued but inviting. The color was a cloudy bronze..a tad to the dark side with minimal to no head. The taste hides the 8.5% very well. It begins with a syrupy attack of hops and bite and ends with a carbonated smack of sweetness from a good helping of malt and hints of grapefruit. The taste ends dry but subtly sweet...heavy malt...nice balancing... hops not too prevalent other than the immediate taste..i like!
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of pine tinged hops mixed with a heavy alcohol sweetness hit the nose, it pours a deep copper, clear reddish, head fades quick. There is quite a bit of bitey pine needles in the taste also, but it mixes with a sweet finish. The grapefruit pine bit lasts a long time. This is a bit too sweet, but with a bunch a pine needles that bite on their way out.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank a lot of great IPAs lately. This wasn’t one of them. There were plenty of hops, but they neither blended with each other, or with the malts. Gains the uncomplimentary "Hop Soup" status.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color. Medium head. Aroma is hoppy, resiny and piney. This beer has the big bold maltyness of a barley wine with the whopping hoppyness of a BIG IPA. Flavorful and complex. Hops are grapefruit, citrus, pine and floral. Malts are fruity and a touch sweet. Smooth taste throughout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber, clouded body, decent head formation. Aroma is frutiy but highly alcoholic like an appletini but with greater complex blend of tropical and dark fruits. Excellent blend of malt fruitiness and caramel on the palate constantly battling with hoppy bitter citrus. All this happens without ever getting too difficult to drink. Alcohol is certainly noticeable, but there’s plenty of flavor and character to push it down a few notches. Highly bitter finish slowly mellows out but never quite disappears.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love the commercial description of this one, liked the beer almost as much. Very sweet aroma of a combination of rich malts and loads of hops. very smooth body with all that malt making it slide right to the back of the tongue. but that is were this beer and i stopped getting along. i did not find the bitterness to be a very pleasant bitterness. i had been set up for a sweet happy ending and then i was assaulted by loads of hops that had been boiled too long. other than that it was a good beer. i just needed something to clean the palate afterwards.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 6/7/02 Cask-conditioned draught: Pineapple juice aroma, cloudy brown w/ off-white head, not as fruity as the aroma suggested, however still a bit fruity in flavor with a hoppy finish. 6/17/02: Bottle: Aroma was much more grassy and IPA-like than the draught, Had to add a point for the nice complex hoppiness I didn't notice before