SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours gorgeous clear deep amber color with a somewhat formy white head that diminished quickly but left nice lacing. Aroma is dominated (as expected) by hops, grapefruit and pine with some caramel malts also discernable. Flavor is hops and more hops. A little unbalanced actually, I was looking for more malt backbone, so this came off as slightly like hoppy water with a dry, tart, grapefruit rind finish. The malt is present, but overpowered IMO. Smoothe mouthfeel, medium body but could benefit from more carbonation. Felt flat on the tongue. Definitely delivered the hop blast, but was over all kind of a disappointment for me.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color, lots and lots of sediment. Pine scent. Pine hops, which aren't all that intense, and not much to back them up. It's a simple beer; easy to sip, but not much there to grab you.
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet and creamy hop aroma. Hugely sweet flavor, candy-like. Has a soft cloudy orange appearance. Sweet peaches and soap, with some light lemon and orange flavors as well. Thanks Tanner!
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber/copper colour with a thin tan head. Very pleasant fragrant hop aroma with pine, grapefruit, citrus all coming out - all balanced by strong malt. Literally mouthwatering-this one is a beer! Medium to Light-bodied; Initially hoppy taste quickly fades and leaves the palate completely clean. No noticeable malt background and no long-lasting hoppiness. Some soapy qualities as well as some pineyness...but this actually fairly mild for the taste and especially in the palate. Overall, I enjoyed it, and if I'm ever in the mood to have an 'easy drinking' ipa, I'll drink this one. Complex in the aroma and appearance, but not so much in the taste and palate. I owe a large amount of thanks to jah_noth for giving this one to me locally, its been a real treat - Thanks Dan! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle on 18-November-2003.
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-im going to start this brew by saying how similar it is to Two hearted. This must be a michigan thing to make the most citrus-y IPA's out there. This one has a little more pine than 2 hearted. This beer poured with a HUGE head. Aroma was full of citrus hops, but had a note of Mr. Clean! Copper hue-somewhat cloudy(darker than two hearted). Very aggressive carbonation with large bubbles in the head. A little more malt than two hearted(two hearted lacks in malt IMO). Another great IPA from the great lakes. Again, i thank Bunkypop for sending this one my way.
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 now THAT’s a hoppy aroma. smells like dry-hopped centennials. it’s a light copper, dark gold color with lots of fine bubbles and a small, slightly offwhite head. it’s very bitter and slightly acidic, but it has a malty finish that nicely compliments the intense hops taste. a good IPA, but someting a little too bready or floury to make it ideal. for the same price and availability, go with two hearted.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of apples and lemon, pear. Very nice scent. The color is a nice amber with plenty of yeast floaties. The taste is a little acidic, lemony, and nicely bitter like a good IPA should be. Smooth semi-sweet finish.
jaymobrown (1699) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale orange color. Faint hops in the nose, mostly lemon and floral notes. Really bitter with a long finish. Nice lacing.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazed and bespeckled amber liquid. Taller light cream colored head. Some lace. Fresh hand rolled hops aromas. Hints of malt in the start, with lemons and grapefruit taking over and fighting there way to the finish. Rather thin and slightly slippery. to me this is an APA. Lacks malt backone. Hops heads should enjoy this, malt should not be lost.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big hoppy nose, copper color with average head. Big hops up front, but the middle was rather weak. It was almost like it was missing something. Huge hop bitters on the finish. Nothing really stood out on this beer. Average IPA