jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
**Sampled at Piccadilly Beverage Shops with Zach in Champaign**
poured a really light pale gold. The smell was crisp with some floral hops. Flavor is like a pale ale taken down a notch as opposed to up on a notch on the hop scale like an IPA should be. The hops are nowhere in the neighborhood of good IPAs like Bell's Two Heart, Dreadnaught, or Avery IPA. The mouthfeel is thin and uneventful. The drinkability is high because while it is not too hoppy it is also not offensive. I think it should also be noted that this brew does not live up to the hype printed on its own packaging, it appears New Holland is very, very proud of themselves.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a super hazy orange color with a nice ring of bubbles around the edge. Aroma of cinnamon(?!?), but then the usual citrus hop aroma. Taste did not live up to the aroma, it was a rather weak citrus hop taste. Overall the taste was a bit of a disappointment, nothing overly special here... but it is hazier than any other IPA i've seen.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hey, now here's an American I.P.A that has balance! Hops are firm and ever-present without being overpowering. This beer could have a bolder malt but it is not watery.
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very hoppy beer. It's not quite up there with Alpha King, but it is close. It has a hazy coppery color. If you hold it up to light you can see the sediment. It smells good, tastes good, and finishes good. Overall, I like this beer alot. It would be a little better if it had a little more malt to balance it. Put it this way, if you like hoppy beer you will love it.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice one- Quite decently hoppy, without getting to that weird cigarrette taste that too much hops can sometimes bring.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit with some floral elements. A bit weak on hops, lacking the bitter bite an IPA should have.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ya know, I dont know about this one. It seems to be much higher rated than I feel that it is worthy of, but what the hell, thats just my opinion. Darker in color but still golden with some good cloudy ness. lots of hops in the nose and flowery hops in the taste. Nothing outstanding at all.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear, copper body with a quickly fading head. Mild hoppy aroma, slightly malty in the flavor. Good robust and clean. Very refreshing and well-balanced. Crispy, even.
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear copper, moderate lacing - strong hop aroma, with citrus and apricot - medium malt backbone grounds the hop character - flavors of pine, apricots, a touch of cotton candy - juicy hop flavor - long finish - a tasty IPA.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy copper with small light tan head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Flavor had citrus and woodsy touches. Not bad.