DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Whole Foods in La Jolla, CA) Very flavorful and well-crafted IPA with a solid maltiness, mildly sweet, bready, toasty, fruity, and a fairly bitter hops that seems perfectly in balance with the malt. The aromatic and balanced nose is very malty, somewhat bready, and hoppy. Solid, enveloping mouthfeel from the malt, but with modest crispness from the hops, and a lingering flavor that doesnít tire the palate. Dark amber in color and quite cloudy. Smallish off-white head settles to a sheen, but leaves large patches of lacing, much more than youíd expect from the tiny head that remains. This is a very fine IPA, very flavorful, enjoyable, goes down easily. Itís always nice to have a good product be so readily available in beer stores. Need a sixer for a party? Pick up one of these. One bottle for you, and the other bottles are for the five new friends youíll make.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish appearance. Spicy, piney citrus aroma. Dry bitter flavor, moderate grapefruit, balanced by sweet pineapple and light biscuity malt. Not too bitter in the finish. A fairly friendly IPA.
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2002 Total Score: 3.6
Full reddish color for an IPA, lightly spiced hoppy nose. Full palate, lightly carbonated, pretty firm maltiness. Bitterness seems to be a little too mild but just rounds out with a light citric quench. Maybe itís the malt thatís a little too heavy for the hops, but thatís not necessarily a bad thing, just what Iíve come to expect.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of citrus, florals, and malts. Flavor is hoppy with some sweetness. Somaewhat bitter finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This IPA pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Weak aroma with a little sweetness and a touch of hops. Just not good. The flavor is weak too. A little sweet yet bitter and well balanced. Not a whole lot of hop character. Light to medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
Shag (2649) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Not as big as alot of IPAís Ive had recently but I will accept the change. A well balanced beer with a good hint of malt. Some oranges and grapefruit present in the flavor. This one is bent a bit sour but still nice and bitter. A good one.
mjg74 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber color. Very hoppy aroma.
Somewhat sweet, somewhat piney. Nice hoppy flavor, a little fruity as well. Finish a is a little malty. Nice crisp refreshing solid IPA.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep amber with a fair amount of cold haze. Medium frothy head that quickly dissipates. No lacing. Aromas of mild cascades and the noble flowery/herbal smell of noble hops. Innitial taste is sweet with a large amount of buttery diacetyl. Some bitterness. Very watery in the middle. Not very bitter in the finish.
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Medium gold and orange. Light hop nose, woody, nutty, buttery, fresh earthy hops. Solid bitterness, a good IPA.
Earlier Rating: 6/26/2003 Total Score: 3.6
Red copper hue. Dark fruit, cascade hop aroma. Slight roasted flavor, a little pale, with a small hint of citrus hop flavor at the end. Wrong end of the IPA-hop spectrum for me.
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy, medium orange with a smaller off-white head. Light malty smell with stronger smells of oranges and flowers. Starts lightly sweet with a nice bitter finish. Malty tastes (breads) and citris hops. Well balanced. Dry finish. Very good beer.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yup, Iím really getting into IPAs. Never will desert my stouts, but these IPAs are a good lot. Very refreshing. This was an amber/copper with a beige head. Pleasant grapefruit scent. Slightly astringent, good carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was a crisp, clean, refreshing hoppy/grapefruit mouthful. Very good.