DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with bkelley68, thanks Brian!) Thereís no doubt that this is a bitter, hoppy beer. However, I find this to be an unpleasant bitterness, like biting into grapefruit rind. Plus, thereís very little sweetness, and not a whole lot of malt backbone to offer any balance, so I canít really say Iím enjoying this beer too much. The nose is pleasantly hoppy and citrusy. Dry on the palate, extremely carbonated, very bitter, which adds up to this not having the most pleasant mouthfeel. Light amber color, with lots of fine flakes being circulated around the glass by some pretty major carbonation bubbles. Pours a massive off-white head that forced me to pour the beer in 3 separate steps. Retention is awesome, in part because of the carbonation. The head clings to the glass in large clumps rather than delicate lace. Good IPA for hop heads, not a good IPA for me.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not too much you can say bad about the Mad Hatter. Read what everyone else has to say and form your opinion
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 (1252) - 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 thatís 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.