sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very piney aroma. Hazy orange look. Nice body. More pine flavor. Reminds me of a Christmas tree. Finish is a bit sharp. Could be more well-balanced.
A fine IPA from MI.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Distinct but not powerful hop aroma, very pleasant, very pleasing mostly hop taste, with a nice bitter finish. A touch thin because of its lack of malt body, but more refreshing because of it. My absolute favorites are over the top hops, but for its form, I think its as close to perfection for an American IPA as there is
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange, very little head. Hops and candy nose. Taste is a nice blend of hops and light citrus.
Cartoonkhaki (1231) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean yellow gold. small Beige head.. light flowery aroma Sweet flavour.. dry bitters. nothing really to distinct for me. Still a decent IPA.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber color, with one finger head that seems to stay put. moderate carbonation. Flowers, citrus and pine aroma. Hoppy flavor, like most raters I detect very little if any malt backbone (the mark of a truly great American IPA, IMO). A nice delicate bitter ending.
Basically, a flavorful IPA that has all the hop side of the house down, but lacks the complexity of a great IPA. I would recommend you pour a glass of Stone IPA or DFH 60 minute next to this one and compare to see what I am talking about.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - big grassy hop nose. Deep, dark golden color with a beautiful, thick head of tiny white bubbles. Tons of hops, lacking malt backbone. This is a very nice one!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Pours an orange hue with a huge soapy off-white head that’s there for the duration. Strong lemony, piney, and earthy aromas. Good hopping. Plenty of citric bitterness in the taste, mainly of the grapefruit sort. Hard to detect any malt in here. Nice lingering bitter finish. A good hop-head drink.
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howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good rocky head, amber/gold color. Big hop aroma, somewhat harsh. Bitter, lots of hop flavor and aroma. This is pretty much just a 1-dimensional, unbalanced hop monster without much malt backbone. Satisfies a hop craving, certainly.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sedimented throughout, must have been one heckuva dry hopping. Aggressively carbonated golden orange body, sticky off white head. nose id wholly hops: piney, minty, floral and a hint of perfume. piney and biting front yields to a bready, toasty malt profile. hoppiness lingers on the roof of the mouth, sticky and flavorful, you’ve got plenty of opportunity to taste this beer.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap: Lasting white head w/ a medium light amber body. Perfumey alcohol w/ piney & lemony citrus hops. Medium fruitiness and light toasted malt. Bitter and resiny. Fruity(citrus & lemon) hops, light toasty malt, dry bitter finish w/a citrusy hop flavored aftertaste. Fairly 2 dimensional flavor. Medium carbonation, dry/astringent m/f, lighter medium body. Disappointing IMHO. Seems lifeless in the malt balance department.