daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden appearance. Fruity and citrusy. I think mine was the nitro version.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate: On tap, at the brewery, as part of an experiment. They have two versions of this - nitro and not, and Iíve been eager to try this kind of head to head thing for some time. Sure enough, Oakes et al are right, the nitrogen tones down the flavour characteristics, even smoothing away some of Mad Hatterís generous hops. I was greatful for the full action Hatter I had next, itís such a fresh tasting, beautiful IPA. Itís heresy in some circles, but Iíll even venture to suggest that Two Hearted has come down a notch lately and this may be Michiganís premier IPA ...
Original Rating 3/22/02: Smells like spring. I mean, the full fresh florality of later may, after rain, dreaming of hops. The apearance is dreamy, too - swirls of particulates suspended in deep amber like so many prehistoric insects. Yes, hops dominate this brew but thereís almost enough amber to stand up to their madness and I end up more satisfied than I usually am with big IPAs. Or maybe itís because Iím drinking this after a solid trip to my favorite Ann Arbor brewpub. In any event, I advocate slapping a mad hat on your hophead ...
Ale Boy99 (19) - Twin Lake, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good IPA, but IMHO not as good as Bellís Two Hearted Ale!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) í02: Grapefruit/peach nose, orange with tiny chunks suspended in it. This needs more of a malt backbone, but is still pretty tasty.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber; yeast more like a Belgian; pithy hops kick in and itís all good.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa!!!! this one had me lightheaded as I was waiting for my lunch to be served. Go see the brewery!!!!!!
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Combines the hops of Jordan with the bite of an angry Crocodile.
Very intense, goes great with FPCís
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2004 Good IPA. but after drinking Bell's Two Hearted Ale last night this can't compete.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great example of what a good IPA should be. The floral scent mixes wonderously with the hopps to produce pure beer drinking utopia
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh man, thank you Hennes! I loved this beer. It was like a liquid ballet on my tongue! Sweet and fresh hop aromas abound. Nice malt backbone. Loved the ífresh Florida grapefruití flavors. Great balance between the malts and sweetly aromatic and bitterly bitey hops. This beer reminded me a little of Speakeasyís Big Daddy IPA. Joe, you need to try this and see if you agree. I thought it was great.