Erdrick (21) - JAPAN - MAY 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet hop scent. As I closed my eyes I could swear that there is a faint aroma of cotton candy. Nice burnt-tan color. Head is a little bit weak. Carbonation is not very strong. Pretty good IPA.
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alefest ’05 - Good solid IPA. Flowery bitterness in the finish. Less malt than many of this style.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Hazy, light amber ale. Citrusy, piney nose with a touch of caramel. Well-balanced flavor with a heaping dose of pink grapefruit and dried, brown pine needles. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Short, crisp, moderately bitter finish. Refreshing, but too thin. More malt, please.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great looking beer with a rocky almost-white head atop a hazy, copper body... and a bizarre layer of clouds hanging just below the head. Heavy sweet-tart hop aroma with apples and honey. Light malted quality as it warmed. Flavor started very sour and bitter with more apples & honey and a nice, dry but stale hop finish.
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rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a six pack of this from among the myriad of New Holland sub 6% beers stocked on the shelves of Bill’s Liquor Store, in Summerville, South Carolina. Came in a brown 12 oz. bottle with a picture of the namesake Lewis Carroll character on the label.
Poured out into a pint glass after chilling, the body was pale amber with a lot of chill haze. A two finger foamy head formed easily and receded slowly, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.
The aroma was relatively mild for the style and could best be described as a bit soapy with a hint of floral smell. The taste was much more assertively hoppy than the smell suggested. The bitterness and peppery character of the hops was immediately evident from the first sip. I think that this bitterness was so up front due to the malt base being quite thin and relatively free of residual sugars to provide a countering taste. As a result this came across more like a highly hopped APA, than a true IPA. As a hophead I had little to complain, but those looking for balance and complexity will be a little disappointed.
The carbonation was active and prickly on the tongue, and in the stomach, resulting in several loud burps. Body felt delicate and clean in the mouth, with the aftertaste being lingering hop bitterness.
md45xo (1) - Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First try. Bottle. dark amber pour with thick head that dissipated quickly. Very hoppy aroma and flavor with floral overtones. Enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Will try again.
Tmoney99 (10680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy which lasted thru the brew,. Complex flavor of hops and malt. Medium to full body with medium finish.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Distinct hop aroma, very fruity, citrus but not grapefruit, floral, honey-like malt in background. Slightly hazy light copper color, pretty good white head. Flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma, kind of flat at first, a little malt and a little hops, somewhat minerally (if that’s a word), bitterness doesn’t come through until the finish. Medium body and smooth, pretty easy drinking. An IPA with a nice hop aroma but a disappointingly mild flavor. Nice session ale.
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap. Light to medium amber in color. Floral hop aroma with a slight richness to the smell. Body lacks. Finish is slightly bitter and pretty short. I
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy orange-brass body with a lasting medium head...grapefruit and pine sap dominate an expressive yet restrained aromas redolent as it warms of the rainforest...crisp, solid flavor profile, citrusy with a bit of old wood or dusty cardboard, quite dry. On the whole very nice but lacking fire.